Sophie Puleston

The Failure Of The War On Drugs: Time For A Radically Different Approach?

The War on Drugs has been raging for decades. As rates of drug abuse have risen, so have public health crises, fatal overdoses, and criminal activities as addicts steal to fund their habits, dealers fight violent street conflicts, and cartels wage bloody wars against governments. To fight the misery of […]

Special Relationship Or Fascist Provocateurs? The Imposition Of The American Alt-Right Into British Law

Right wing American think tank “The Middle East Forum” has spent an undisclosed five-figure sum in an attempt to free prominent British hate-figure Tommy Robinson. Robinson, the founder of notorious far-right anti-Islamic group the English Defence League, was arrested for contempt of court after live streaming a rape trial which […]

Ireland Becomes First Country To Fully Divest From Fossil Fuels In Fight Against Climate Change

The Republic of Ireland will become the first country in the world to fully divest from fossil fuels following the comfortable passage of the Irish Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill in the Dail Eireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas, on Thursday. The bill is also expected to pass comfortably through […]

Congolese Government Approves Oil Drilling In National Parks, Threatening Critical Wildlife Populations

Mountain gorillas and other endangered species in the Congo basin face a renewed threat to their survival, as the government has approved of oil drilling in two of the country’s protected national parks. Virunga and Salonga, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, are home to many endangered species, including half […]

AIDS Crisis Threatens Uganda, As A Shortage Of Essential Medicines Puts Thousands Of Lives At Risk

An AIDS crisis is developing in Uganda, as the country has run out of Septrin, an essential antibiotic given to all those affected by HIV, putting thousands of lives at risk. Septrin is a vital preventative medicine, as those who suffer from HIV have weakened immune systems, and the antibiotic […]

Ebola Returns To The Congo; Outbreak Kills 23 And Threatens A Devastating Epidemic

The Democratic Republic of Congo is suffering from a fresh outbreak of Ebola. The disease re-appeared on April 4, 2018 in rural Bikoro before spreading to the city of Mbandaka, infecting 45 people and claiming the lives of 23. The city is a major transport hub located on the Congo river […]

Third World Disease In A First World Country: Poverty And Acute Rheumatic Fever In New Zealand’s Māori and Pasifika

Acute rheumatic fever (ARF), a ‘third world disease’ found commonly in developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, is running rampant among the Māori and Pasifika children of New Zealand (N.Z.). The disease is a complication of Group A Streptococcal infection that affects Māori and Pākehā (New Zealanders of European descent) equally. […]

Antimicrobial Apocalypse: 10 Million Deaths A Year By 2050, And Chaos For The Developing World

The world is rapidly running out of antimicrobial medicines. The lack of these essential medicines means that even the simplest of infections could soon become fatal, taking us back to the dark ages of medicine. The bacteria, viruses, and fungi that infect us develop resistance to treatment naturally, but sustained, […]

Devastating Malnutrition Cripples Rohingya’s Child Refugees Caught In Catastrophic Public Health Crisis

A quarter of Rohingya Muslim children living in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh are suffering from malnutrition, according to a report by the Centre for Disease Control. Around 26,000 Rohingya Muslims live in the camp, where they are faced with shortages of food and water, and poor sanitation causes outbreaks […]

Not-For-Profit Develops $300 Cure For Hepatitis C, $83,700 Cheaper Than Corporate Greed’s Alternative 1

A not-for-profit organization has developed a cure for Hepatitis C that costs $300, which is $83,700 cheaper than the current market alternative Harvoni. This new treatment has been shown to be equally as effective as the $84,000 per treatment model used in the U.S., with cure rates of 96-97% for […]

Employment Agencies Force Sri Lankan Women Migrating To The Middle East For Domestic Work To Take Contraceptives

Sri Lankan women migrating to the Middle East and Gulf states in search of domestic work are being ordered to take contraceptives by recruitment agencies. This provides employers with a “three-month guarantee” that maids will not fall pregnant and is enforced by recruiters, who would otherwise have to pay for […]