Author: Rafaela Alford

The Right to Protest: For Some And Not For Others

How Florida’s new “anti-riot’” bill is selectively applied for different protesters On 13 July, scores of protesters shut down a section of the Palmetto Expressway in Miami, Florida in an act of support for the anti-government protests occurring across the bay in Cuba. In blocking a highway, the protest clearly

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U.S. Continues Embargo On Cuba Despite UN Pressure

On Wednesday 23 June, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly for a resolution that would demand an end to the United States embargo on Cuba. Given that the U.S. and Israel were the only two countries that voted against the proposal, the vote clearly demonstration the broader international community’s

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Climate Change, Geopolitics, And The Arctic

How the potential for profit and influence is overshadowing the Arctic’s climate crisis By now, it is common knowledge that the polar ice caps are melting at an increased rate due to the rising temperatures linked with climate change. However, what is less commonly considered within the public sphere is

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Second-Best Justice For Victims Of Sexual Abuse In U.K. Military Court

Since 2009, British military courts have been able to try rape and other sexual abuse cases. However, recent studies suggest that victims of sexual harassment and abuse within the military receive a substandard level of expertise, independence and ultimately, justice, from the army’s current judicial system – from the primary

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A Machiavellian Route To Democracy: Ethiopian Government’s Recent Actions Cast Doubt On Hopes For A Democratic Future

On Thursday, Ethiopian government authorities announced that 2,000 people have been charged in relation to the violence that followed the killing of popstar Hachalu Hundessa in June. For many Ethiopians this event, along with other recent actions, has disturbing resonances with past, oppressive regimes and cast doubt over President Abiy

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Home-Grown Policies: Can Local Production Sustain The Population Of Nigeria?

On September 10 at the National Food Security Council, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, praised the federal government’s actions for having successfully averted a food crisis during the Coronavirus pandemic. Calling for more efforts to increase domestic food production and self-sufficiency, he assured that the government would continue to promote policies

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Violence In Mexico: New Research Sheds Light On A Way Forward

According to the Global Conflict tracker, the number of drug-related homicides in Mexico rose to 33,341 in 2018, a 15 percent increase from 2017. In 2019, Al Jazeera reported a record 35,000 people murdered in the country. These numbers hardly scratch the surface of the escalation in violence that Mexico

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This Is Not Incompetence: It’s A Design- Fires Blaze Across Brazil’s Amazon Forest Despite Bolsonaro’s Denial

This month, fires are once again blazing across the Amazon rain-forest in Brazil, destroying one of the world’s most valuable defences against climate change and endangering the safety and security of the region’s inhabitants and ecosystems. Meanwhile, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, continues to insist that there are, in fact, no

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