Author: Rafaela Alford

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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Nigerian Government Disbands Feared Police Unit, But Is It Enough For The Nigerian Community?

In response to weeks of protest, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Force (SARS) with immediate effect, to be replaced with a new force, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). However, Nigerians remain unconvinced that this will lead to tangible change in strained police-civilian relations and

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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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Demonstrations Against Police Brutality Suppressed by Cuban Authorities, reports Human Rights Watch.

A peaceful protest against police brutality that was due to take place on the 30th June in Havana, Cuba’s capital, was effectively suppressed by government authorities. This was achieved through the use of harassment and intimidation methods that violated the would-be protestors’ human rights, Human Rights Watch reports.   The

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