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El Niño and Ethiopia: Beyond a Humanitarian Crisis

El Niño and Ethiopia: Beyond a Humanitarian Crisis

El Niño, the pattern of oceanic warming in the Pacific that brings with it tumultuous, destabilising weather systems, has struck once more. Unprecedented flooding in the United Kingdom, persistent forest fires in Australia, and severe droughts in Central America have all been linked to this year’s El Niño system. Operating roughly on an eight-year cycle,...
Frontex and the Politics of Counting Migrants

Frontex and the Politics of Counting Migrants

The Europe Union’s immigration agency, Frontex, was operationalized in 2005 to ‘improve the integrated management of the Union’s external borders and enhance cooperation between national border authorities’.[1] The agency manages external European borders, coordinating surveillance and ‘rapid-response’ protocols. Recent figures released by the agency calculated that more than 710,000 migrants have crossed into EU territory in the first...
Jamaica and the Case for Reparations

Jamaica and the Case for Reparations

David Cameron travelled to Jamaica earlier this month with an agenda to discuss trade. His talking points however, were quickly pushed aside by Jamaican calls for reparations. Citing Britain’s principal role in the slave trade, the Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller aligned herself with the MP’s urging Cameron to address the topic in a Parliamentary...
Political Prisoners: Exceptions to the Rule

Political Prisoners: Exceptions to the Rule

Khalida Jarrar is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Committee (PLC), serves on the Board of Directors for Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and on 2 April, joined 15 other Palestinian legislators held under administrative detention orders in Israel.[1] A notable political activist, Jarrar also works as a senior political leader of the...
Bali Nine: Execution by firing squad

Bali Nine: Execution by firing squad

In April of 2005, nine Australians were apprehended in Bali and found to be collectively in possession of 8.3kg of heroin with plans to smuggle the drugs over the Australian border. By 2006, seven members of the group had received sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment, whilst the two deemed the ringleaders of...
Guerrero’s Mass Graves: Mexico’s Tragedies and International Implications

Guerrero’s Mass Graves: Mexico’s Tragedies and International Implications

The Guerrero region of Mexico is home to a diverse community of farmers and metalworkers. Guerrero is home to both over 1,700 prehistoric archeological sites, and in the last month it has been identified as the site of at least twelve mass graves. The graves were uncovered by authorities in search of the 43 students...
Farm Bill Failure and the Plight of US Migrants

Farm Bill Failure and the Plight of US Migrants

Migration in the western world is widely perceived as something to be limited. Policies are designed to mitigate the ‘burden’ immigrants place on societies, arguing that new workers pull from an increasingly limited pool of resources and search for jobs in economies still recovering from recession. The United States Immigration Reform of 2013 reflected the...