Human Rights + “Development”

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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What are “Universal Human Rights”?

The definition of universal human rights emerges from linear thinking trajectories encapsulating neocolonial histories of mass genocide, colonialism & imperialism, assimilation, and slave trades. The two contexts I will touch upon to exhibit the universal hegemony of human rights are in regards to Afro-Latino communities, as well as Hindu communities in India. In order to …

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