Oscar Aston

About Oscar Aston

I'm a recent graduate from the University of Manchester with an MSc in International Development; Environment Climate Change and Development, and a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations. As part of my masters, I took a particular interest in wildlife conservation, and the conflicting interests of wildlife conservation and human development. This interest culminated in my dissertation in which I analysed celebrity interactions in conservation advocacy. Additionally, I have an interest in the seemingly growing tide of nationalism around the world, both in the UK, US, as well as my home country of Spain.

Bolivian Democracy Under Threat: From The Socialist Evo Morales To His Fascist “Interim” Replacement

In November of 2019, Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign after seeking a fourth term as president. This move has generated a political firestorm in the country, with opponents of the now exiled Morales saying that this was the key step in arresting the country’s slide towards a […]

The Bolivian flag.

Federal U.S. Agents Begin “Phased Withdrawal” Out Of Portland In A Backtrack By The Trump Administration

Marking a major government U-Turn, federal troops have begun to leave the city of Portland. The city has been shaken by over 60 days of protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, resulting in clashes with state and city police enforcement. These had been dwindling until images and videos […]

China Retaliates To The U.S Sanctions Over The Treatment Of Ethnic Minorities In Xinjiang

The Chinese government has slapped sanctions on top U.S officials in retaliation to Washington placing its own sanctions on Chinese officials over the treatment of ethnic minorities, primarily the Uyghur population, in the Xinjiang region of North-West China. U.S senators and lawmakers, including Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well […]

Egyptian President Threatens Military Intervention In Libya

Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, has threatened direct military action on the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) currently operating in Western Libya, kindling the potential for further conflict within the country and beyond. The Egyptian backed Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by the warlord Khalifa Haftar, have come under […]

The Environmental Impact Of War And Conflict: Uganda’s Experience

The relationship between war and conflict, and their environmental threat is long established. In times of war, environmental regulations are often de-prioritized in exchange of the immediate short-term interests of civilians. This results in the unsustainable use of natural resources, harming non-human and long-term human interests alike. Uganda is a […]

Millions Of Lives Under Immediate Threat As Yemeni Humanitarian Aid Faces Cuts In Funding

The United Nations warned on Wednesday that Yemen faces a severe lack of funding for its humanitarian response to its ongoing war, as well as for COVID-19, putting millions of lives at major risk. After an online “pledging event” hosted by the UN last Tuesday, only $1.35 billion was raised, […]

Conflict In Wildlife Conservation: The Destructive Impacts Of Conservation Practice On Local Communities

As with most industries that rely on transnational funding and support, Covid-19 has drastically impacted conservation work. Sources of funding for major conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have dried up, with the virus’ more localized impacts taking precedence over the distant and exotic lands in which these organizations operate. As highlighted […]

‘Sportswashing’ In The Premiership: Newcastle’s Imminent Takeover By The Saudi Crown Prince 2

The Issue At Hand Newcastle United Football Club is on the verge of a £300 million takeover by a Saudi-led consortium, backed by the nation’s Public Investment Fund. If the deal goes through, the group would control 80% of the club, making Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS), who chairs […]

The Greek Refugee Crisis: How COVID-19 Is Altering The EU’s Response

E.U. member states have so far faced some of the worst impacts from the COVID-19 crisis. Key members of the bloc, including Spain, Italy, and Belgium, have noted some of the highest number of cases and deaths per capita worldwide. The vast majority of its population has experienced some element […]