Global Affairs Opinion

With 215,000 American citizens dead, is its democracy next?

Regardless of the election’s outcome a sizeable proportion of the population will be deeply angered by the result and will cite reasons why the vote was illegitimate (both real, like voter suppression, and imagined, like widespread voter fraud). With the population already at a fever pitch after months of civil unrest, it is almost certain that there will be protests and riots featuring violent clashes. Faith in government will undoubtedly suffer. Soon America’s democracy may be added to COVID-19’s ever-growing death toll.

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The decision on Breonna Taylor’s case sparks national outrage

On the 13th of March 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot and killed during a failed no-knock raid by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison, and Jonathan Mattingly. On the 23rd of September, over half a year later, a charge was finally made. The indictment has little to do with Taylor’s death.

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Should we be boycotting ‘Mulan’ over its cooperation in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims?

Recent controversy has broken out over the live action adaptation of the 1998 film ‘Mulan’, due to be released on Disney Plus December 4th 2020, and its filming in the Xinjiang province where the Uyghur Muslim group are heavily persecuted. The Uyghur people are a Turkic Muslim ethnicity who identify closely with a central Asian Read More…

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Global Snapshots: 31st of August – 6th of September

Africa Confirmed cases in Africa have passed the threshold of 1.25 million, meaning that the continent now accounts for around 5% of the global case total. South Africa maintains its position as having the highest number of confirmed cases. While the country begins to ease its restrictions concerning domestic travel, its international borders remain closed. Read More…

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Global Snapshots: Coronavirus Weekly Updates

Starting on the 16th of August, The Oxford Blue’s Global Affairs team will be bringing you bite-sized weekly worldwide updates on the virus. This week’s update summarises significant regional headlines from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North America. Africa As of the 14th of August, there are over 1 million confirmed cases in Africa. Across Read More…

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Samuel Wazizi’s death: Freedom of speech remains a Western ideal

My friend recently summarised the case of journalist Samuel Wazizi’s murder in simple terms: “Imagine if Donald Trump arrested Trevor Noah and had him executed without trial. People would go insane”. We shouldn’t have to make relatable first world comparisons for people to understand the gravity of the human rights violations occurring in developing countries. Read More…