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A concentration on change

Derek Tahara

My grandparents did not understand that the President authorized an executive order enforcing the detainment of thousands of Japanese Americans, a decision that all started with the bombing of Pearl Harbor 1941. All they understood was that when the weather and time would allow it, they would be able to go outside and play.

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The US-Mexico Border ‘Crisis’: what is (and is not) a solution

Soundarya Balasubramani

The crux of the issue is the biased lens through which we’re coerced into looking at the numbers. Among the largest OECD economies, the perceived proportion of migrants is usually around twice that of the actual proportion of migrants in the population as a whole. The intense fixation by political parties on the issue of migration has more to do with political agendas than economic underpinnings. The divisive nature of many political parties on this issue has shifted the focus away from the issue itself to a back-and-forth filibuster match. 

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Stripping Back the Myths

Saskia Hagelberg

“Disappointing my dad, but not yours”.

“No bad whores, just bad laws”.

These were the slogans I chose to chant on the streets of central London during the 2019 sex workers strike. Sex workers marched to reclaim the narratives about sex work that currently portray everyone in the industry as exploited and oppressed victims. We marched to challenge racist, sexist laws criminalising sex workers. We marched to demand recognition, rights, and respect. The strike highlighted how we will no longer allow people who do not understand our work and who do not represent us or our interests to silence and speak over us…

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The Politics of Naming Refugees

Marta Santiváñez

My mother used to warn me that it didn’t matter what I say, but that I ought to always be careful of what I wrote, for writing stays. In research, as in reporting, I come across questions of terminology on a regular basis, and the choices I make when naming carry political significance. Words are not value-free; they fix narratives into consciousness, and consciousness into prejudice.

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Disability, Human Rights, and Health: An Examination of Challenges in Achieving the Right to Health

Simon Drees and Rebecca Forman

The UNCRPD specifically mentions the right to health without discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the need for states to ensure access to health services and rehabilitation for disabled persons. One key goal in ensuring good health and wellbeing is Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Fundamentally, it is about who can access services (population coverage), what is covered (service coverage), and how this healthcare is financed (financial coverage). While some states have achieved UHC, significant inequities within those systems often remain, which led to particular injustices for persons with disabilities.

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The Way We Think About Environmental Issues is Wrong

Alienor Hammer

Only rare success stories exist amidst the ever-increasing number of unresolved environmental issues threatening our planet. Every time an environment-related issue is identified, mitigation efforts are targeted at reducing the environmental hazard, but do not address the structural inequalities that place individuals in a position of vulnerability in the first place.

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The Bizarre Relationship Between Human Rights And Anthropology

Sean Chou

As an anthropologist and human rights activist, I have pondered over the cultural relativist critique of human rights for many hours. I feel a special responsibility to articulate both the critique of human rights and their ability to provide a framework to talk about the emancipatory possibilities of self-realized human potential across transnational, global borders.

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China’s New Environmental Leadership and its Implications for Human Rights: The Case of the Mekong River

Michael Shyer

The Mekong River snakes South-Southeast from its headwaters in the Tibetan Plateau on a journey through six countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. For communities situated along the banks of the Mekong, the river plays multiple roles. It is the historical, artistic and cultural root for many local peoples, and simultaneously supplies the region’s fresh water and plays host to the world’s largest inland fishery (Herbertson, 2011). Over the past few decades, it has also become an important source of hydroelectric power and a target for development projects.

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Brazil's 2018 elections: a vote in the ordinary

Ana Paula de Castro Mansur

When last November the extreme-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil, multiple theories surfaced to try to elucidate his rise to power: economic crisis, corruption scandals from other parties and general dissatisfaction with politics, to name just a few. Despite the relevance of all these factors, the most accurate explanation for his election might not be in the economic and political contexts, but in the candidate himself. More specifically, in what he represents.

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