Opinion


Will The Declaring Of A Climate Emergency Enact Any Real Change?

The scale of human influence on the planet is startling, if not downright terrifying. We’ve produced enough concrete to cover the Earth with a 2 millimetre layer, enough plastic to cling-film the Earth, we annually produce almost 5 billion livestock. Human activities move more rock and sediment than all natural […]


Deep Issues To Address In The Wake Of The March Christchurch Terrorist Attack

As well accounted in the media, on Friday, March 15th, 2019, in Christchurch, two separate congregations of New Zealand Muslims were gunned down in their places of worship. Fifty of them were killed and a similar number were wounded. This unprecedented mosque shooting has come as a shock to us […]


Democracy Under Threat?

On 31 March, Turkey headed for its local elections to elect mayors and members of city, district, and village councils. With 57 million eligible voters, this election was a test for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party in the wake of a major currency crisis last year. Meanwhile in […]


The Aftermath Of Cyclone Idai: A Call For Development From The Inside-Out

Cyclone Idai tore through the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique last week, creating a disaster that has been called “the worst humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s history.” The cyclone has also devastated parts of neighbouring countries Malawi and Zimbabwe. Heavy rains prior to and following the cyclone have resulted in major […]


A Response To Women And Leadership

The Victoria International Leadership Programme at Victoria University offers seminars to educate people on the most pressing issues in our society. The most recent seminar last week on Women and Leadership, organized by the French Embassy, was about the incredible story of Mrs. Loretta Daunakamakama. The story of Mrs. Daunakamakama […]


Repeal The 8th: Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland

May 25th, 2018, was a historic day for women’s rights in the Republic of Ireland when a country-wide referendum voted for the 8th Constitutional Amendment – making abortion illegal – to be repealed. This vote demonstrated the Republic of Ireland’s social movement development towards acknowledging the rights of women, and […]