Global pledges: Education, Education, Education

By Tom Shacklock (First appeared in Current Affairs, Issue 26 of March 2018) The great inequalities in education between rich and poor countries have been termed the “global learning crisis”. Above all, girls receive less or poorer education than boys in low-income countries. In September 2017, UNESCO published estimations that 130 million girls aged 6…

Lifting Sanctions: A New Start For Sudan

By Tom Shacklock (Originally published in Current Affairs, Issue 24 November 2017) Economic sanctions from abroad are doubly painful for civilians that already face oppression from their government. But it can also be doubly relieving when sanctions are lifted for a governments’ improved treatment of its people. Sudan is the latest example of such a…

Rakhine State: The Politically Silenced Humanitarian Crisis

By Tom Shacklock (First appeared in Current Affairs, Issue 25 of January 2018) Rakhine State, a region in western Myanmar, is facing a serious humanitarian crisis. The Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the region, denied citizenship by Myanmar’s government, have been the victims of what has been deemed as ethnic cleansing and genocide by…

Being a linguist in Brexit Britain

By Freya Richold Over three years ago, our country voted to leave the European Union. I was fifteen years old at the time and so, like millions of teenagers, could not vote. I am now nineteen, and the country has finally left and has entered a period of the unknown. This will greatly affect many…

The Resurgence of the Farc

By Elsie Haldane In August this year, Colombia (and the world) awoke to the news which many had feared: a call to arms from the Farc rebels, a group responsible for the deaths of more than 35,000 civilians and the forced displacement of many more. They have posted a video from Venezuela (meaning they cannot…

Why the Erasmus grant is essential

By Roseanna Conway One potential and very serious consequence of Brexit is the abolition of the Erasmus grant which supports British students, who seek to broaden their language and cultural horizons by spending a semester or a year abroad in a European country, learning a foreign language. I am currently on my year abroad working…

Why the World Needs to Pay More Attention to Terror in Africa

by Dan Mountain While the world spectates the demise of Islamic  State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the dangers of its viciousness against local residents in the philosophy are far from over. As an entity ISIS is diminishing. However, its ideology remains very much alive and has travelled across the world. One region in which…