Author: Sophie Simons

Blood Relations Project

Arguably, the most difficult and long-standing conflict in our society is the conflict between Israel and Pakistan. As the conflict has continued over 60 years, anyone would argue that the usual diplomatic and military strategies fail to end the conflict. Rather, many governments are taking measures that escalate the conflict.

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The Benefits Of Volunteering

I have always had the belief that if you are more fortunate than others, then you should give back for the chances and opportunities you have had. As the first week of April is Student Volunteer Week in New Zealand, I am further reminded about the importance of helping our

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Jacinda Ardern’s Response To The Christchurch Terror Attack

An Australian born national went into two mosques in Christchurch on Friday the 15th of March and shot dead 50 people and injured numerous more individuals. New Zealand’s international reputation will be impacted by the first major terrorist attack in our nation’s history. New Zealand prides itself on being an

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A Response To Women And Leadership

The Victoria International Leadership Programme at Victoria University offers seminars to educate people on the most pressing issues in our society. The most recent seminar last week on Women and Leadership, organized by the French Embassy, was about the incredible story of Mrs. Loretta Daunakamakama. The story of Mrs. Daunakamakama

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The Danger of “Fake News”

Trump is well-known for his infamous “Fake News” rhetoric which he often uses against the mainstream media in an attempt at discrediting their reputation. With the re-emergence of the right-wing populist movement, the significance of the phrase and its meaning  are becoming ever clearer in today’s society. However, many do not

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Hope For Syria?

On 27 February, I attended a speaker event lead by Carsten Bockemuehl, who has recently spent time in Jordan to understand the Syrian conflict. He was deployed for four months in the city of Amman in neighbouring Jordan as Advocacy Director for World Vision’s Syria Response Unit. His speech gave

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Sustainability Development Goal 6

“Ensuring availability, managing resources and providing sanitation and water for all” is an unrealistic goal, demonstrated through a wide range of perspectives; economic, natural and socio-political. Water is essential for all life as humans, being made up of 85% water, can only go three days without water before dying from

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