Charlotte Devenish


About Charlotte Devenish

History student at the University of Edinburgh, currently on exchange at the University of Auckland.

New Zealand Bans Future Offshore Oil And Gas Exploration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement on Thursday, April 12, brings New Zealand closer to its goal: a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.  Ardern, as quoted in The New Zealand Herald, stated that: “We’re protecting industry and protecting future generations from climate change. This is a responsible step, which provides certainty for businesses […]


Malaysian Parliament Dissolved: Will This Disintegrate The State?

In the wake of the landmark and controversial bill prohibiting ‘fake news,’ Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, announced the dissolution of the current Malaysian government, effective 7 April 2018, paving the way for a general election earlier than expected. Originally predicted to take place in August, the dissolving gives Malaysia […]


Spy Poisoning: Russia Retaliates 23 For 23

On Saturday, March 17th Russia announced expected retaliatory measures, giving twenty-three British diplomats a week to leave the country. Just three days after the UK announced it would do the same. Russia additionally announced the closure of the British Council in Russia and the British Consulate in St. Petersburg, according […]


South Africa’s 9/11: Cape Town Water Crisis

16 April 2018. The day in which one of Africa’s most affluent cities, Cape Town, is predicted to run out of water. After a one-in-384-year drought and a 79% increase in population growth since 1994, according to The Guardian, South Africa’s second-largest city has been affected by climate change a decade […]


Battle At The Borders: Why More Responsibility Needs To Be Taken For Syrian Refugees

This week news about two different borders caught my attention; one about the Syrian border with Lebanon and the other with Turkey. Individually they alarmed me, but together they significantly call for a change in how the UN, governments and NGOs manage the Syrian conflict. The conflict which began in […]


Pope’s Peruvian Peace Effort And Advocating for Mapuche Rights Undermined By His Slander Statement In Chile

On Thursday January 18th, Pope Francis arrived in internally conflicted Peru. The country has been disrupted by violent protests since the Christmas Eve pardoning of former President Alberto Fujimori from his 25-year corruption sentence on medical grounds. Current President Pablo Kuczynski had hoped, according to the BBC, that the Pope would […]


Israel Withdrawal From UNESCO Confirmed

On December 29, 2017, after lengthy anticipation, Director-General Audrey Azoulay officially announced Israel’s withdrawal from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) after being a member since September 1, 1949. Azoulay’s statement makes it evident that Israel’s withdrawal was directly in line with the United States’s withdrawal earlier last […]


A Topic Avoided Again: The Systematic Rape Of Rohingya Women And Girls

Historically rape has been a method used for ‘ethnic’ cleansing, and it is becoming ever more apparent that the political crisis currently occurring in Myanmar is no exception. This week a story broken by the Guardian has further shed light on Aung San Suu Kyi’s avoidance to discuss her Government’s […]