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The grip of Chinese Outbound Tourism on international politics

China’s navigation of the chess game that is foreign affairs and international politics is not only remarkably unique but incredibly strategic. Tourism is often disregarded in the discipline of international relations and politics, and outbound Chinese tourism is an unexplored phenomenon that has a significant impact on Chinese foreign policy and international politics as a collective. China has made no secret that it has intentions to increase its soft power. In 2017, Davos, Switzerland, at th

Not just a popular Netflix show: Squid Game highlighting South Korea's modern-day slavery

Netflix has popularized many non-English languages shows such as La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), Elite and Narcos. Its original series shows becoming a global hit is nothing new to the streaming platform either, with shows such as You, On My Block, Sex Education and Stranger Things becoming commonly watched shows on the screens of our TVs. Despite Netflix’s continued success with creating global smash hit shows, the South Korean drama Squid Game has surpassed the records set by its Netflix Orig

Justice remains elusive for Indigenous Canadians

CANADA is often perceived as a utopian nation – especially compared to its southern neighbour. But the nation still has issues that persist from its colonial past and epic failures in its decolonisation process. These have materialised as epidemic levels of violence against Indigenous women and girls – creating an issue so severe it has been labelled a genocide by the UN Human Rights Office. As of 2018, Indigenous women were three times more likely to experience violence compared to their whi

Is Nicki Minaj destroying her legacy?

“Although hardcore Barbz are here to stay, those who are casual fans and listeners are starting to become turned off by her recent behaviour. She was not only losing followers on Twitter dropping to under 23 million, but she has also limited comments and most of the general public have been voicing dismay over her recent controversial actions across TikTok and Twitter. Her recent antagonistic behaviour is a real threat to the legacy which she worked hard for a decade of her life building. Surprisingly, her PR team hasn’t decided to take control or advise her to take a hiatus from social media to avoid more controversy to avoid what is left of her legacy crumbling away further.”

A discussion with a Windrush descendant at Warwick: why is Windrush day so important?

Windrush Day is celebrated on 22 June. The day is to commemorate a generation of people who came from across the former British Empire between the years 1948 and 1971. This generation is referred to as the ‘Windrush generation’ because the initial boat carrying almost 500 Carribeans, which arrived on 22 June 1948 at Tilbury Docks in Essex, was named ‘the Empire Windrush’. Decades later this date is now used to pay homage to a generation of immigrants who rebuilt post-war Britain. The day has gr

From those on the streets: Colombia's students and the fight for a better future

How have recent events such as the pandemic and police actions influenced the protest? "The problem of police repression is one of the engines that has sustained the protests the most because, in addition to those murdered, we already have 346 missing persons in the framework of the protests; we want to know where they are, why are their bodies appearing in rivers? And we want them to answer for sexual and physical abuse and punish the corresponding people for all these acts. Because the police

Why have Colombians taken to the streets to protest?

Thousands of students and young people have been leading the charge in the protests against Colombia’s government during recent months. The protests are not only made up of students but also workers, union members, and pensioners alike – protesting against the Colombian government and President Ivan Duque. Colombia is considered to be one of the wealthier countries in the region of Latin America, also holding the title of having the highest university-educated population. Despite this, there ha

The Derek Chauvin trial: what does the outcome signify?

The video of George Floyd’s death circulated the globe, causing reverberations felt on every societal level throughout the world. This video displayed Derek Chauvin, at the time an active Minneapolis police officer, pressing his knee onto George Floyd neck as he struggled to breathe. It was later determined, in a private autopsy conducted by the family of George Floyd, that he had died as a result of “asphyxia due to neck and back compression” during the arrest conducted by Derek Chauvin.

How has Covid-19 impacted the LGBTQ+ community?

No communities have been untouched by the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic – however, the effects have been particularly alarming for the LGBTQ+ community. Those who are LGBTQ+ have a range of different issues, as a result of the inequalities they experience within society. This means that they are particularly impacted by the pandemic and the safety measures introduced as a consequence, such as social distancing and self-isolation. The impacts of these safety measures transcend into n

What are the impacts of the media’s treatment of female public figures?

The recently released documentary produced by The New York Times, Framing Britney, has sparked debate surrounding the treatment of female celebrities. The documentary highlighted the treatment of the media towards the artist throughout her career leading to her public breakdown in 2007. Additionally, the documentary covered the legalities of her conservatorship and how the starlet has no control over many aspects of her professional and personal life. The sentiment of the intensity of the spotl

A descent back to military dictatorship: what’s happening to the people of Myanmar?

Since 1 February 2021, unrest has entrapped the country of Myanmar with the country’s military enacting a coup d’état and taking control of the state. Paramilitary operations have eradicated the work stoppages and peaceful pro-democracy protests that once could be seen in Myanmar. The coup enforced by the military has reverted the state to full military rule after a short term of quasi-democracy that commenced in 2011.

A second pandemic: the impact of Covid-19 on anti-Asian racism

Throughout history, diseases and pandemics have been used as a tool to rationalise different forms of hatred such as homophobia, xenophobia and racism within society. In the 1980s we saw HIV was blamed on the LGBTQ community and specifically in the USA it was also blamed on Haitian Americans. The swine flu outbreak in 2009 ignited a huge amount of hatred towards the Mexican community and was used to promote anti-Mexican immigration propaganda. In 2014, the Ebola virus further contributed to the..

Brazil’s ex-president’s corruption convictions cleared: what could this mean for the nation’s 2022 elections?

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was the former left-wing president of Brazil. He was extremely popular and was referred to affectionately by the public as “Lula”. However Brazilian politics has been encapsulated by the Operation Car Wash scandal. Operation Car Wash was a corruption scandal in Brazil that involved more than 80 politicians and members of elite business people. The scandal involved kickbacks of millions of dollars. As the investigation into Operation Car Wash moved forward, it began to

Do bans on Islamic dress and unilateral approaches to student finance create barriers for Muslim students pursing Higher Education?

Over the years, more barriers have been put in place creating more difficulties for Muslims to be able to access Higher Education within Europe. Often, these specific barriers required Muslim people seeking higher education to choose between pursuing academia and their own religious beliefs. Throughout Europe, there have been several higher education universities that have banned religious symbols with particular stringency upon the adornment of niqabs and hijabs within places of educations. Th

How has online learning led to educational gaps between children of different economic backgrounds?

Due to a huge increase of coronavirus cases, all places of learning including colleges and schools have been closed to all students who are not vulnerable or children of key workers. As children arrive back to school, they would have missed a large portion of their education, amounting to more than five months of school lost. These huge periods not spent in school is particularly concerning as it risks impeding the studies and development of these children.

‘Do Not Resuscitate’ orders and no vaccinations: how those with disabilities have constantly been overlooked

Of the 50,888 coronavirus deaths recorded between January and November, 30,296 of them were people with a disability according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS estimate that among severely disabled individuals, the risk of death from COVID-19 is three times higher than average. However, the differences in the likelihood of death from coronavirus are different depending on the age and gender among groups of individuals with disabilities.

The freezing of tuition fees and the Augar report: what does this mean for current and future students in higher education in the UK?

Despite recommendations from the Post-18 Education Funding review, conducted by ex-investment banker Philip Augur in 2019, for the government to reduce the tuition fee cap for higher education to £7,500, the government has decided to freeze tuition fees at £9,250 for another year as they claim they aim to provide a “better value for students” by controlling the price of higher education. Universities have been permitted to charging this £9,250 tuition fee for several years after an increase in

Can Ireland ever heal from its dark past of mother and baby homes?

The long-anticipated 2,865-pages of the judicial commission investigating into the network of “mother and baby homes” in Ireland, which sustained humiliation and stigma within Irish society for the majority of the 20th century, was recently published. The five-year investigation into these religious institutions for unwed mothers and their infants highlighted that they also simultaneously functioned as adoption agencies and orphanages.

Talking about miscarriages: why is discussing miscarriage openly stigmatised?

The discussion of miscarriages in an open space is very taboo despite them being a trauma a lot of women have and will have to experience in their lifetime. According to the National Childbirth Trust, most miscarriages occurs at the beginning of pregnancy. The probability of pregnancy ending in miscarriage in the UK within the first four weeks is 25%; that is one in four pregnancies. This then decreases to 5% at eight weeks, 1.7% at 12 weeks and then 0.5% of pregnancies resulting in miscarriages
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