Author: Lillian Wetherspoon

Plastic Oceans: A Growing Environmental Challenge

Plastic pollution in our oceans is a widespread and growing environmental challenge. Recently, the WWF released a report which warned that the Mediterranean could become a ‘sea of plastic.’  The WWF found that the “concentration of micro-plastics is nearly four times higher in the Mediterranean compared with open seas elsewhere

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Children And Their Right To Have Their Voice Heard

Recently, students speaking out against gun laws in the USA have been accused of being ‘crisis actors’. Just one of the conspiracy theories that have surfaced recently, this theory claims that these students are following pre-written parts for the camera. Syrian teenager, Muhammad Najem, was attacked online and by mainstream

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Climate Change: A Non-Traditional Threat

Donald Trump’s Administration has launched an attack on existing climate policies. In his first year of presidency, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the historic Paris Agreement, began construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, has taken steps to repeal a plan to curb greenhouse emissions in power plants, as documented in

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‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner Attached To The Statue Of Liberty

President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban has become a dominant force of discussion. The initial travel ban was temporarily halted by a federal judge but the Trump Administration is working on a new version which would impose similar restrictions on Muslim-majority countries and retain the 50,000 refugee cap, a reduction

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Papua New Guinea Deploys Security Force To Hela Province

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government has deployed military troops and police in the Hela province after a recent spike in tribal violence. In recent months, there has been an increase in tribal violence, which has seen an increase in high powered guns and has left dozens dead. This security

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Turkey Announces Plan To Award Citizenship To Refugees

On Friday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, announced that some Syrian and Iraqi refugees will be given Turkish citizenship. In a speech, which was broadcast on television, Erdogan said that security checks would be carried out to determine which refugees are eligible for citizenship. He emphasized the qualifications

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Colombian Congress Approves Amnesty Law

On Wednesday, the Colombian Congress approved a law offering amnesty to those accused of minor crimes committed during the decades-long civil conflict. This law will grant amnesty for some junior members of the FARC and some army soldiers who have been accused of minor crimes, and it was overwhelmingly approved

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The Global Reach Of Social Movements

This year has seen domestic movements receive significant international attention. Movements, like Black Lives Matter, have dominated news feeds on social media, which has allowed these movements to gain more support and publicity, both domestically and internationally. Social movements are actions taken by civil society in order to address a

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The Arab Youth And Their Opportunities

Earlier this week the Arab Human Development Report was released. This report, entitled Youth and the Prospects of Human Development in a Changing Reality, was launched by the United Nations Development Programme and focuses on youth and their opportunities in the Arab region. This report found that the Arab region

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Australia And Offshoring Processing Of Asylum Seekers

  Offshore processing in Australia is a highly controversial issue, both domestically and internationally. Australia has offshore processing centres on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island. It restarted its offshore processing policy in 2001 after Australia refused the entry of a Norwegian freighter, which had rescued 433

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Key Outcomes Of The 2016 Marrakech Climate Summit

  The 2016 Marrakech Climate Summit (COP22) has concluded with a multitude of resolutions, commitments and actions. Taking place a year after the Paris Agreement was signed, this summit revolved around helping states implement their climate plans, building bilateral partnerships and creating a practical way to manage the Paris agreement.

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Australia Ratifies The Paris Climate Agreement

  On Thursday, the 10th of November, Australia became the latest country to ratify the global Paris climate agreement. Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull announced that the parliamentary committee on treaties had agreed to ratify this agreement stating that “almost a year from the Paris conference, it is clear the

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The Closure Of The Calais “Jungle” Refugee Camp

  Earlier this week, authorities started demolishing the Calais Refugee Camp. This process involved the evacuation of more than 5,800 people, which included children. The camp is now almost completely deserted with only a few remaining behind. Authorities have said that they will completely clear the site by Monday. These

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Turkey Extends Its State Of Emergency

Turkey’s government has extended the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed coup in July. The government hopes that this three-month extension will enable them in helping fight terrorism. However, opposition politicians are accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of using this three-month extension to continue its

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