Current World Issues

Tokenized Wokeness: The Rise of Non-Violent White Saviors to “Fix” The World

These past two weeks have been bombarded with discussion of Greta Thunberg, political figures of the United Nations, the infamous Donald Trump, and their reactions to climate change and the climate crisis. Something important to note is that when there are these heavy discussions and endorsements of Greta and her forms of advocacy by world …

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How “It’s My Opinion” Has Become Code For “You Don’t Deserve Freedom”—An Analysis of The Difference Between Opinions + Moral Standpoints

Let me set the scene: it was an early morning D (400) level Feminist + Postcolonial Development class. A student, for the sake of storytelling, I will name him Derek, brought up the story of John Bolton’s resignation/firing (still contested), and highlighted the differences between Bolton’s foreign policy and Trump’s. In the end, his main …

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The Colonial Truth About Wildlife Conservation

The issue with politics and conservation is just that – the creation of politics and conservation. It is this abstractness and distance of the terms from one another that renders its ability to address any grassroots change, tactically insufficient. Politics is seen as something that happens to conservation – the politics of environmental ethics – …

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What Is Urban Poverty In The “Third World”?

With the “Third World’s” urban centres housing populations larger than that of entire nations in the North, it is clear that this ever-growing community is producing mega-cities, whose growth and future is a much-contested space. To understand urbanization, we must understand the processes that enable its possibility. Within the confines of urban rise and development, …

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What Is (Un)Sustainable Development?

With environmental disaster and degradation on the rise, the end of the 20th century proposed a new framework to advance global development: sustainable development. Throughout the past 25-30 years, sustainable development has become a political phenomenon within development discourse as an alternative theory to industrialization but has also been subject to rightful critique on its …

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