Author: Andrew McKean

Indian Brick Kilns: A New Age Of Workplace Slavery

The Indian brick making industry is rife with cases of systematic slavery. Up to 23 million people are enslaved across India’s 125,000 brick kiln factories. One-third of those enslaved are children. Despite being prohibited in the Indian Constitution, and international law, millions of Indian’s are intergenerationally trapped by debt-bondage schemes.

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Mixed Reaction For Incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson

New U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has inherited the ongoing Brexit dilemma as well as a gradually crumbling domestic economy. Three years after the Brexit referendum to leave the European Union, almost no progress has been made, and two Prime Ministers have been pushed into resignation. Johnson faces the momentous

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Ballooning Obesity Crisis In Australia

Sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits have caused a health crisis of epic proportions in Australia. As of 2019 67% of all Australian adults are overweight or obese. The inordinately sized costs related to weight-related diseases are currently $8.6 billion annually according to PwC figures. In addition to the direct

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Child Sex Trafficking In the United States

Each year up to 50,000 women and girls in the United States are victims of sex trafficking. Two-thirds of these people are female youths between the ages of 12 and 14. Tens of thousands of vulnerable children are subjected to forced sexual exploitation in the United States. These innocents are

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Indian Megacity Runs Out Of Water

Chennai, a city of eleven million people, is devoid of water. The coastal city in India’s south is a disaster capital of the world. Prone to cyclones, flooding, and droughts, Chennai’s unpredictable conditions are predictably devastating. For weeks taps have run dry, leaving residents at the mercy of government relief.

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Trump-Xi G20 Meeting

The G20 summit in Japan is rapidly approaching. Twenty of the world’s most powerful leaders are set to meet to discuss issues including climate change, development, and the current status of the global economy. A minefield geopolitical landscape in 2019 has been fraught with many perils, but no one issue

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You’re Not Alone: Violence In Australian Homes

The Australian Home Affairs Office lists a series of values and principles it deems to have complete societal support. Atop its list of prescribed fundamental liberties is “The respect for the equal worth, dignity, and freedom of the individual.” Bold proclamations like this are part of Home Affairs’ desire to

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Russian Journalist’s ‘Fake’ Charges Dropped

Russian news journalist Ivan Golunov was facing up to twenty years in prison on a drug trafficking charge. He was accused of having the intent to distribute a large quantity of mephedrone (bath salts) and cocaine. Following his detainment on June 6 in Moscow, police released photos of a drug

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Trump’s Mexican Immigration Deal – Asylum Seeker Crisis Continues

The Trump Administration has called off its tariff threat against Mexican importers. Two days before the proposed commencement of his unpopular duty tax on Mexican goods, President Trump has announced a new bilateral trade agreement. It’s hoped that the agreement will mitigate persistent cross-national tensions which have ignited from Trump’s

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Curfew Enforced In Negombo – Security Or Social Control?

Negombo is in lockdown. In the aftermath of the coordinated terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, community tensions have escalated in Negombo. Since the bombings, the Government has imposed a state of emergency granting security forces heightened powers. Sri Lankan authorities claim that these provisional powers ensure public

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