Global Affairs

Rising child murder rates in South Africa intensify parole reform efforts

The South African capital of Cape Town has suffered a worrying increase in the number of murders recorded, especially in those of children and women. This has sparked nationwide fury and repeated calls for action from the government and the police. The anger was initially evoked by the murder of seven-year-old Tazne van Wyk. The Read More…

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Coronavirus threatens international adoption process and well-being of adoptees

The world is truly beginning to feel the impact of the outbreak of Covid-19, which began in the city of Wuhan in late 2019. We have seen changes to work schedules, social activities and education arrangements. Clearly, the impacts are felt by everyone. There is one group in particular that have faced yet another disruption. Read More…

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Activism in lockdown

As measures to contain the spread of coronavirus transform public life, activists are having to alter their forms of protest. With many governments discouraging, or even prohibiting groups from gathering, mass protests are becoming impossible. Political participation, however, may be more necessary than ever. Not quite compatible with social distancing, demonstrations are taking place on Read More…

Global Affairs Opinion

Opinion: On the BJP’s rampant Islamophobia and Modi’s telling silence

46 people died in Delhi last week. BJP police watched as Hindu mobs dragged, stoned and murdered their Muslim neighbours. The 903 arrests made since have disproportionately targeted the Muslim community. A brief timeline: in December, the BJP pushed through a Citizenship Amendment Act which makes it easier for all of South Asia’s major religions, Read More…

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An Arms Race Against Coronavirus

The global invasion of the novel Coronavirus, now christened COVID-19, shows no sign of stopping. In the most recent situation report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are upwards of 85,000 confirmed cases of the virus, 1753 of which are new cases in the last 24 hours alone. While 93% of these cases remain Read More…

Global Affairs

Chaos in the caucus: a student volunteer’s story of a dramatic week in Iowa

“When I boarded my flight to Iowa, I had no idea four days later I would be a precinct captain, grabbing the microphone from the caucus chair and fact-checking CNN.”

Annalise Myre, an undergraduate in Georgetown University Class of 2023, comments on her experience as a student volunteer for Joe Biden’s campaign for the fraught Iowa caucus earlier this year.