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Freedom in a Time of Crisis: COVID-19 and Citizens’ Rights

I am writing from a government-mandated, fourteen-day self-quarantine, now a standard procedure for those who have travelled outside of the country in the past two weeks. Like many, I was surprised at the rapid progression of events surrounding COVID-19. When I left Canada, there were 21 cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom—none in Scotland, the country that I was visiting. Upon my return home, just ten days after my arrival abroad, the number of cases had risen astronomically. Hundreds of Britons were infected with the virus and community transmission had been detected. It was becoming increasingly clear that the coronavirus would not be limited to China. In the startlingly fast escalation of the crisis, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

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A Brutally Brief Recap of Key US Conflicts with Human Rights Since 2016

The United States’ presidential election is just around the corner. Some will be watching with excitement, others with fear. Either way, Trump will be the first president in American history to run for re-election despite being formally impeached by Congress. With the Trump administration’s four year term coming to an end, there has been no shortage of politically charged social media feuds or content for SNL.



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The Standstill Between Indigenous Groups and a Multi-Million-Dollar Pipeline

Canada is currently experiencing nationwide protests from Indigenous groups in opposition of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline. The pipeline is roughly 670 kilometers, spanning across British Columbia; it was designed to ease the export of natural gas in the province. Although it may seem like a good idea to some, it is creating issues with Indigenous communities as the pipeline would cut directly through their land. The Wet’suwet’en Indigenous group is directly affected by this pipeline; however, Indigenous groups across the country, specifically in Ontario, have taken action to show their support.


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India’s Borders, Open to Whom?

Last month, the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a new set of laws that would allow minority religious groups from neighbouring Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to more easily gain Indian citizenship. While at first glance these policies seem welcoming to targeted minorities, they notably exclude Muslims, raising questions about their true motivations.



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Venezuela: The Complexity of a Nation in Crisis

Written by Sophie Crawford Edited by Laurence Campanella Franco Fasuli, Getty Images. A Nation in Need of Humanitarian Justice The United Socialist Party of Venezuela, now led by Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s successor, has been…



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Climate Change and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Written by Ghislaine Fandel Edited by Ghayas Osserian “Syrian and Iraqi refugees at Skala Sykamias Lesvos Greece,” By CC SA. The political and economic situation in Syria as well as the ongoing civil war due…


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The Rohingya & Islamophobia: A Dire Situation

Written by Ghayas Osseiran Edited by Mariana Furneri “Emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State, western Burma.” By DFID Burma, CC BY-SA. A Dire Beginning On August 31st, 2017,…