Lucy Blakiston


Rewriting Section 377: India’s Momentous Ruling On Gay Rights

India may have inadvertently kick-started a modernizing domino effect after its landmark decision to decriminalize archaic laws surrounding gay rights. In this recent ruling, the Supreme Court of India has both created and corrected history by outlawing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The ruling not only decriminalized gay […]


Reuters Reporters Sentenced: A “Hammer Blow” Against Media Freedom And Myanmar’s Transition To Democracy

On Monday September 3, two Reuters journalists were found guilty of breaching a law on state secrets in Myanmar during their reporting of a massacre of Rohingya men. The case, which has sparked international outcry, no longer affects simply the two journalists involved, but has become a symbol for the state of Myanmar’s transition to democracy and press freedom.


Charlottesville: One Year On, Peace Trumps Violence In “Unite The Right 2” 2

Thousands of people swarmed Washington D.C on Sunday for protests marking the anniversary of last year’s violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but only two dozen of them were actually in support of uniting the right. A year ago, the narrative of the college town became synonymous with […]


Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia: “Not a human rights issue, but a human lives issue”

On July 17, two days after undergoing a traditional Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) operation, 10-year-old Deeqa Dahir Nuur bled to death, in the first confirmed fatality from FGM in years. Nuur was taken to a traditional cutter in her village of Olol on 14 July to undergo the surgery. In Somalia, […]


Chefs Cook Up Strategies To Combat Food Waste

Chefs from over 100 different countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur for the biennial Worldchefs Congress and Expo earlier this week. Taking place from July 11th to 14th, this year’s congress incorporated a special focus on combatting the issue of food waste. According to Al Jazeera, roughly one-third of the food […]