Author: Leah Boyd

Zimbabwe’s First Post-Mugabe Election Runs Smoothly

Zimbabweans have turned out in huge numbers on Monday, 30 July to vote in the first election since Mugabe was removed from power in November, 2017. With this being the first vote since the country’s independence  in 1980 without Mugabe’s name on the ballot, it is a move towards democracy

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Family Separation: Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy

Donald Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on stricter enforcement of illegal crossings into the U.S. at the Mexican border has brought about much controversy in recent weeks. Over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents while trying to claim asylum in the United States in recent weeks, causing a huge

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The Windrush Scandal: Theresa May’s ‘Hostile Environment’

The Windrush scandal has brought to light issues relating to the legacy of the British Empire, immigration in Britain, and what it means to be British. The scandal, named after the boat HMT Empire Windrush that brought Caribbeans to Britain in 1948, has seen people being detained, deported, refused healthcare,

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Stephon Clark Killed By Police: Guns And Policing In America

Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by police on 18 March in Sacramento, California. Police were called regarding complaints of vehicles being vandalized in the area and began to pursue Stephon Clark, who they believed to be carrying a firearm. He was then shot at 20

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Global Patriarchy: Women Of The World

Patriarchy is pervasive across the entirety of the global political economy, and women all over the world feel its effects in both their public and private lives. This male dominance dictates women’s career paths, personal image, safety, security, and countless other aspects of their lives. On the whole, women occupy

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Russian Spy Poisoning: Undermining U.K. Sovereignty

On March 4, a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, was discovered unconscious alongside his daughter on a park bench in Salisbury, Southern England. According to Prime Minister Theresa May, they were poisoned with Novichok, a Russian nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s. This

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Humanitarian Crisis In Eastern Ghouta

Following the UN Security Council’s unanimous decision on February 24th to implement a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, so as to bring in much needed humanitarian aid, air strikes have continued to plague rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, killing 600 civilians and forcing many to flee. The 30-day ceasefire comes in the form

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The Second Amendment: America’s Relationship With Guns

The recent high school mass shooting in Parkland, Florida has once again brought up the polarizing issue of the Second Amendment across the United States. In a police report released on Thursday, Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected mass shooter responsible for the killing of 17 people on February 14, has

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White Supremacist Shot Six African Migrants In Italy

A 28-year-old, Luca Traini, has been arrested for carrying out a shooting rampage on February 3 in the Italian town of Macerata, injuring six African migrants. The victims were five men and one woman, two of which sustained relatively serious injuries, according to CNN. Traini has a long history with

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U.S. And North Korea: The Threat Of Nuclear War

Panic has been heightened over the threat of nuclear war as a former Hawaii state worker’s blunder of sending out what was discovered to be a false alert of a nuclear attack to the island of Hawaii. On January 13th the worker who does not want his identity to be

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The ‘Populist Challenge’ Putting Human Rights In Danger Worldwide

The rise of intolerance, xenophobia and the far-right among Western nations has given way to a disregard for human rights and has created an “open field for murderous leaders,” warns human rights group official. Human Rights Watch has released a 2018 annual report focusing on human rights practices around the

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Trump And Iran: Western Interference In The Middle East

Up to 42,000 people took part in the political unrest in Iran over the last few weeks, says the country’s interior minister, with a substantial 3,700 people having been arrested, according to an Iranian reformist lawmaker cited by Time Magazine.  A number much higher than was previously released by authorities.

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