S.M. Ellison

About S.M. Ellison

I am currently completing my second Master's at the University of Glasgow, studying Conflict Archaeology & Heritage. Originally from America but currently living in Scotland, when I am not preoccupied with school and work, I enjoy traveling, museums, and baking.

Police Brutality In The 21st Century

In London, on July 22, Rashan Charles, a 20-year-old father, died from injuries sustained during an incident with police officers, reports Al Jazeera.  Charles is not the first high-profile death due to an incident with police.  In fact, Edson Da Costa, another young black father, also died while in the […]

Period Punishment

Tulasi Shahi, an 18-year-old Nepalese woman, died from a snakebite last week when she was banished to a ‘menstruation hut’ while on her period, reports the Independent.  Though Nepal is not the only country to have groups practice banishment during menstruation, it has certainly been the one to garner the […]

Displaced People And The Threat Of Global Destabilization

As war rages across regions of the globe, the United Nations reports that a record-setting number of people are being displaced, which threatens to destabilize the entire planet. According to a U.N. report, the various conflicts plaguing the world has “displaced 12 million Syrians, 7.7 million Colombians, 4.7 Afghans and […]

California Takes A Stand For Immigrants

As immigrants come under increased scrutiny and attack from the United States federal government, California’s government is preparing to pass a budget that would help serve as a bulwark against the troubling immigration policies of the Trump Administration. According to Human Rights Watch, the $125 billion-dollar budget has provisions that […]

Engagement And Acknowledgement As Steps Towards Reparation

In an age where traditionally marginalized segments of society are all struggling to gain official recognition and acceptance, the aboriginal peoples of Canada are making large strides towards obtaining mainstream acknowledgement and support.  In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the culture of indigenous Canadians, which […]

In This Together: Humanitarian Assistance in the Age of Populist Politics

Claiming that he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris” and reaffirming his pledge to put “America First,” Donald Trump announced that his administration was pulling out of the Paris accords.  Such is a typical statement in the modern era of populist politics.  As sea levels rise, […]

Never Again: The Dangers Of Holocaust Denial

During a press conference in April of this year, Sean Spicer, the official spokesperson for the Trump Administration, claimed that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was worse than Hitler because at least “Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons” against his “own people,” but took them instead […]

Pro-Choice Is Pro-Life

During the 2016 United States presidential election, in a debate hosted by CNN, Donald Trump stated that, although he believed Planned Parenthood helped millions of women, he would defund the organization because he is against abortions. Having won the election, Mr. Trump has continued to advocate for the federal defunding of Planned […]

Mass Graves And Potential Human Rights Abuses In Congo Spark Outrage From Within

As videos of soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army shooting Congolese citizens circulate on social media, the United Nation’s peacekeeper, Maman Sambo Sidikou, is calling for an investigation into the possible violations of human rights and into the mass graves discovered in January and February of this […]