Emily Hancock

About Emily Hancock

History graduate from the University of Oxford, working towards a career in current affairs and policy. Areas of interest include post-colonialism and the intersection between politics and science.

Coronavirus Profiteers: The Pandemic And Organised Crime

Earlier in April, it was reported that the Mafia in Italy and cartels in Mexico have been distributing food and aid packages to impoverished locals suffering at the hands of the pandemic. Given their violent reputation, this benevolence may appear surprising: however, across the world, criminal organisations are set to […]

Big Data And The Fight Against Coronavirus

At the end of March, the U.K. government published an article on its healthcare technology blog titled ‘The power of data in a pandemic’. The post outlined plans to aggregate data from across the National Health Service (NHS). This included 111 online/call centre data from NHS Digital and COVID-19 test […]

In The Philippines And Elsewhere, Coronavirus Is Enabling Human Rights Abuses

On 5 April, it was announced that a 63-year-old man in the Philippines had been shot dead for violating coronavirus lockdown rules by not wearing a mask. To date, the virus has infected 4,428 Filipinos and killed 247, and with numbers increasing daily, the government has announced strict measures to […]

Factory Workers Are The Hidden Victims Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

Rubana Huq, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, has issued an urgent appeal to European clothing brands not to cancel their orders or defer payments in light of the COVID-19 crisis. In the statement, she warns that factories are on the verge of closure, putting millions of […]

The Resurgence Of Eugenics Into Mainstream Politics

In February 2020, 10 Downing Street became embroiled in scandal as shocking comments made by ministerial aid, Andrew Sabinsky, resurfaced. Sabinsky had previously espoused ‘very real racial differences in intelligence,’ and promoted enforced sterilisation ‘to get around the problems of unplanned pregnancies creating a permanent underclass.’ While Andrew Sabinsky resigned […]

Tensions Escalate Between Russia And Turkey Over Syria

On the 29th February, Turkey’s President Erdogan asked Putin to back down and give Turkey a free path to combat the Syrian government, without Russian interference. The announcement follows news that on Friday 28th, Russia dispatched two state-of-the-art warships to the Syrian coast after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in […]

Impending Disaster: China’s Persecution Of The Uighurs Is On The Verge Of Becoming Deadly

On 24 January 2020, Chinese media confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus northwest of Xinjiang. This rapidly spreading epidemic has become the most deadly in recent history, reaching a global death toll of 1017 by 11 February 2020. The arrival of the virus in Xinjiang is particularly alarming due […]

Maintaining The Balance Of Power: Putin Announces Constitutional Changes Whilst Medvedev Resigns

The 15th of January was a seismic day in Russian politics. In his annual address to the Russian Federation, Putin outlined the most significant collection of constitutional reforms since 1993, leading to the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Medvedev and the entire cabinet. The seven proposed amendments to the constitution […]