Author: Shanisha Pillay

The Foreign Aid Debate

Foreign aid is often seen as a monetary transaction rather than a toolset that helps the quality of life in developing countries. Because this helps to transform future generations by building a foundation of education and health aid for self-sufficient societies. Easterly suggests that the only way for countries to

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Why Has U.S. Trade Policy Changed Under The Trump Administration?

Since WWII, the U.S. trade policy has sought to liberalise markets by reducing trade and investment barriers through agreements and negotiations. Its key components are trade rules-setting, liberalisation and enforcement, export promotion, and controls, customs, trade remedies, trade adjustment, trade preferences, and investment. This includes fostering an open and non-discriminatory

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Why President Trump Ignores Climate Change And What To Do About It

The 17-year-old activist Greta Thunberg and U.S. President Donald Trump were both at Davos, Switzerland for a conference of business and government figures. The theme of this year’s forum was on how best to manage a world of increasing temperatures, rising seas, and catastrophic wildfires. President Trump disagreed with Greta’s

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Jakarta: The Sinking City

The flooding in Jakarta has reached a new level, killing at least 66 people, and forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Over 35,000 people in Jakarta are staying in government buildings and malls that have been converted into temporary shelters. With the heaviest rains in the decade,

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How To Respond To The Australian Bushfire Crisis

Since September 2019, in Southeast Australia, there are a total of 146 fires burning across the state. The fires have been so intense that Victoria has declared a state of disaster, and New South Wales has declared a state of emergency, which allows them additional government aid to tackle the

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Canada’s Unspoken Cultural Genocide

The definition of genocide went through many stages before consensually agreeing to the wording of the 1948 Convention. In Article 2 of the 1948 Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious groups as

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The Civilians’ Role

In Rights of Man, Thomas Paine discusses how the old system of government is based on the assumption of power for itself, while the new system is about power for the benefit of society. While I do agree with that statement, I disagree that the old system was benefitting the

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The Importance Of Equal Human Rights

Thoreson, The Queer Paradox of LGBTI Human Rights mentions the anti-homosexuality bill of 2009. The bill aims to protect the traditional heterosexual family and to safeguard the culture and values of Uganda. The bill, “recognizes the fact that same-sex attraction is not an innate and immutable characteristic”. The consequence of

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Cultural Genocide And Indigenous Rights

First off, Bloxham and Moses, Genocide Studies discuss Raphael Lemkin’s understanding of genocide. For instance, when writing about genocide, “…Lemkin actually wrote ‘of annihilating the groups themselves’.” (p.21). The problem with this statement is that it is very ambiguous and can hold many different meanings. And Lemkin is not the

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The Argument Of Economic And Social Rights As Human Rights

Why are political rights codified as genuine human rights? Political rights are validated as human rights because they can be judicially enforced. For instance, the right to vote and the right to engage in political activity, such as the right to run for office. The idea of political rights as

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History Of Women’s Rights

Rebecca Adami. Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. New York: Routledge, 2019 Review by Shanisha Pillay (52656162) Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasize gender equality by illustrating why it is important for women to be specifically included in the Declaration of Human Rights. “This book

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Analysis Of Canada’s Arms Trade With Saudi Arabia

(Written in the POV of Global Affairs Canada) The Department of Global Affairs Canada under North America, Trade Policy and Negotiations (TND) has prepared the following paper in order to discuss how best to move forward with Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia. This issue is important because it gained

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