India has been victim to a massive Covid-19 second-wave outbreak, labelled by many as the worst healthcare emergency in India’s recent past. The cases are over 360,000 per day, with the daily deaths reaching more than 3,200. The total death toll is over 200,000 and is believed to be an undercount. According to the WHO, this surge is due to a “perfect storm” of factors, which include low vaccination rates, large gatherings and increasingly contagious variants. Only 9% of the population has been vaccinated, and many states have run out of vaccines as of Friday. …


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Delaina Ashley Yaun (33), Xiaojie Tan (49), Daoyou Feng (44), Paul Andre Michels (54), Hyun Jung Grant (51), Soon Chung Park (74), Suncha Kim (69), and Yong Ae Yue (63) were murdered by a 21-year-old white man in Atlanta on March 16th. He killed 8 people, 7 of which were women and 6 who were Asian. Xiaojie Tan was murdered one day before her 50th birthday. To find out more about the lives and families of victims of this attack, read the BBC article entitled, “Atlanta spa shootings: Who are the victims?”

The shooting cast a spotlight on the rise…


(written April 2nd)

The Suez Canal blockage crisis made headlines for quite literally being a big boat stuck in one of the busiest waterways, with the route carrying around 12% of global trade. The blockage highlighted how fragile the trade system is, with goods travelling through chokepoints like the Suez Canal, leading to possible damage to the international economy. John Psaropoulos wrote in an Al Jazeera article that the “Suez crisis creates winners and losers in the global supply chain”.

On the 29th of March, after almost a week of being stranded, the container ship was finally able to move…


(written on March 21st)

Various countries across the world are drafting plans to introduce COVID-19 vaccine passports. The EU plans to have a “Green Digital Certificate”. This would mean those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, or have recovered from the virus or who have tested negative recently would be able to travel in the EU. Supporters of these certificates argue that they are essential for ensuring borders can reopen safely, which would allow economic recovery and a return to some sort of normal. Additionally, they may serve as an incentive for people to get vaccinated, which will positively impact…


Tipping in the US is a given; a part of the service culture and economy. On the surface, tipping is viewed as a way of rewarding and incentivising workers in the service industry, as well as a way of redistributing wealth. In reality, the quality of service has a minimal impact on the size of the tip, according to Michael Lynn (Cornell scholar). Cheque size is the most important factor contributing to tips. The more ordered, the bigger tips received. This is not to say don’t tip your servers- we must tip generously and equally! We should also become aware…


Climate justice does not mean reaching net zero emissions by 2050; it is about racial justice, gender equality and dismantling oppressive systems.

In 2020, massive locust swarms harmed crops in Africa, wildfires raged across the US and Australia, and India and Bangladesh were hit with intense cyclones. Unsurprisingly, the most impacted in these countries were the poorest and most marginalised communities. According to Oxfam, the world’s richest 1% emit more than double the amount of carbon dioxide compared to the poorest 50%. …


We have been fed the idea that there are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ immigrants. How can a person be inherently ‘good’ or ‘bad’ based on their nationality, race, religion, level of success or methods of entering a country? Immigrants that ‘succeed’ and suppress their culture are accepted by their host countries and seen as ‘good’ immigrants. On the other hand, ‘bad’ immigrants are the ‘job thieves’ and ‘unskilled benefit-stealers’. Joe Zadeh wrote in an article for Vice UK that when his Iranian dad was a taxi driver in 1980s England, he faced racial abuse, like shouting on streets and getting punched…


Gerrymandering is the way in which political parties draw legislative district boundaries so they can maximise power and seats won in their favour. In the US, redistricting takes place every ten years. Politicians basically select their voters. Gerrymandering is done through “packing” and “cracking”. For example, Republicans would want to “pack” as many Democratic voters into a district as they can (so lots of Democratic votes are essentially wasted.) Largely Democratic areas can also be “cracked” into different districts where there is a slight Republican majority; the number of blue votes in these locations wouldn’t have an impact if they…


In the 2020 election, president-elect Joe Biden won the popular vote, but it is the electoral votes that matter. When US citizens vote in the presidential election, they are not actually voting for their president; they are voting for elected officials who make up the electoral college.

The electoral college is made up of a number of electors from each state that generally corresponds to their population. Every state receives as many electors as they have lawmakers in Congress (the House of Representatives and senators). Each state has two senators and a minimum of three votes overall. There are 538…


CW: violence, sexual violence

#EndSARS first went viral on social media, but this fight extends beyond the digital world. Nigerians have been protesting against police brutality, and specifically SARS (the Special Anti-Robbery Squad).

SARS has taken the lead on Nigeria’s major crimes for over 25 years, but they are known for their alleged abuses and the lack of consequences they face. In 2018, the government committed to overhauling the unit and then in January 2019, the police announced they were to further reform SARS. Critics say there has been little change. A report from Amnesty International states, “Detainees in SARS…

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