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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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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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Police brutality in the United States

Jamiel Law

It’s so sad to even think that this issue is still prevalent today and I can only pray that this disease can be extracted from this great nation through awareness and action. The greatness of this nation can only be measured by how its citizens and our neighbours are treated.

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Images from Darfur

William Keo

This work is not about morality, but about examining truth. I am interested in the complexity of these relationships because on one hand, the Janjaweed are men with the same fears and dreams as anyone else, even though they are the militia of the Khartoum government. It is important to show all dimensions humanity can occupy.

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Palestine: Life Behind the Wall

Arzucan Askin

My German passport – the most valuable thing I have ever owned - clutched in my hands, I tried to stay calm when heavily-armed soldiers approached us to search our bags for any suspicious or dangerous items… They called it ‘the waiting area’ of the checkpoint. An overly friendly term, given the hostile atmosphere in the securitized large hall that felt more like a detention centre. A soldier, his hand resting on the large machine gun over his shoulder, ushered us through the metal turnstile.

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Data Science for Human Rights

Nicole Lin

In essence, data science is a bag of tools at the intersection of mathematics, statistics, and computer science, used to harness a large amount of data for better-informed decision making. The same tools for commercial use to generate more profits can also be used for more effective international development programs, humanitarian relief missions, and human rights protection endeavours.

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Is the UK Citizenship Model in Need of Reform?

Elan Schwartz

In an attempt to bring awareness to the increasing problem of statelessness, Dr Bronwen Manby of the LSE Middle East Centre convened a workshop, ‘Preventing Statelessness among Migrants in North Africa’, where she shared the findings of research conducted in partnership with research centres in Egypt and Morocco, and invited others to speak on their engagement with the same issues in other contexts.

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