Author: Bettina Chan

Will China’s Approach In Foreign Policy Disrupt Peaceful International Relations While Restructuring World Power? (Part 2)

In my previous article, I discussed how China took proactive foreign policy in the financial and economic context. I will now move on to China’s extensive military expansion locally and internationally. Recently, China has taken proactive measures to demonstrate its hard power. In July 2017, China drew the attention of

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Will China’s Approach In Foreign Policy Disrupt Peaceful International Relations While Restructuring World Power? (Part 1)

China’s increasing influence on political issues has placed herself under the spotlight of international affairs. The extent to China’s approach in foreign policy is still a much-debated topic among politicians and academics. In effect, to analyze China’s approach, it is essential to evaluate foreign policies that she has carried out

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Let Us Talk About Pornography

Pornography by definition, is the portrayal of sexual subject matter for sexual stimulation. It may be presented in various forms including books, magazines, photographs, films and video games. Nowadays, pornographers have taken advantage of technological advances in the production and distribution of pornography. Easily accessible porn has made pornography prevalent

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Why We Should Stop Stigmatizing Sex Workers

Hull is the only city in the United Kingdom which has banned sex workers from its red light district, making prostitution illegal. The local council said the policy was effective and had renewed the legislation in December 2016. Some had criticised the ban claiming that it resulted in greater danger

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Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking In Libya

Every year, thousands of people pour across Libya’s borders. They are either refugees or poor migrants searching for better opportunities in Europe. Last month, the African Union expressed outrage after a footage of Sub-Saharan migrants being sold at slave markets in Libya was released. In the video, young men were

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A Brief Historical Background Of Rohingya Muslims In Myanmar

Severe violence against the Rohingya people of Myanmar has drawn international attention to their plight. Since the outbreak of violence in August, more than half of the Rohingya population has fled their homes to Bangladesh. Such mass exodus of the Rohingyas has happened at least three times in the past

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A Call For Paradigm Shift In Intersex Issues

In a report published by Human Rights Watch, the US medical community has finally advanced its approach to intersex cases. Instead of stigmatising the condition, medical experts are now encouraged to disclose intersexual traits to the child.  A “Differences of Sex Development” team was also established to convene healthcare specialists,

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What Can Scientists Do To Safeguard World Peace?

In the modern day, science is a social enterprise. Once a research is published, there is common ownership of scientific results and ideas. No one shall be barred from using someone else’s research as long as they acknowledge them. In my previous article, I discussed the impact of Nobel Peace

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Is Nobel Peace Prize 2017 A Solution To Nuclear Weapons?

Among 318 nominations, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2017. The ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in 100 countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. The campaign was born in Melbourne and officially

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A Need For Medical Reform In India

In August, nearly 400 children’s deaths were reported at a public hospital in the northern Indian city of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest regions in India. The unexpected surge of mortality rate placed India’s healthcare system under international scrutiny. Allegations have been made against the hospital, where

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Taiwan Police And Paramedics Left Migrant Worker To Die

After an officer and a government worker responded to a reported car theft, former factory worker Nguyen Quoc Phi was shot nine times in Hsinchu County near Taipei. Surveillance videos from the first arrived ambulance showed a police officer commanding paramedics not to approach Nguyen because he had not been

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There Is No Honour In Killing

The bodies of Bakht Jan, 15, and her boyfriend Rehman, 17 were exhumed a month after they were buried. The bodies exhumed at Maulada graveyard in Sherpao Colony on last Wednesday had marks on the arms, chest and legs that indicated electrocution. Death by electrocution is almost unheard of in

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Is Aung San Suu Kyi Failing Humanity?

An outbreak of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has forced thousands of Rohingya civilians to flee their homes towards Bangladesh. Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown on the Rohingya which led to severe accusations of human rights abuses against the government. The Muslim Rohingyas have told terrifying stories of rape, killings

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Recent Tension Between China And India

Sino-Indian diplomacy has fallen apart, and it is at the point where strong accusations have been made against the two Asian giants. Moreover, soldiers from the two countries have been locked in a bitter standoff since June when Chinese troops began the construction of a road through a contested region

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