Business & Politics
The largest humanitarian crisis in the world is occurring in Yemen right now, and the world is still glossing over it. Five years of war, pitting the internationally-recognised government backed by a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels – and civilians are the ones who continue to bear the brunt of the conflict.
On May 5 2020, Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in for his fifth term as Prime Minister of Israel. Among his campaign pledges was the proposed annexation of the West Bank. This annexation poses a serious threat to the long-sought two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The West Bank, and more specifically the Jordan Valley, is considered pivotal to the survival of a future Palestinian state among Palestinians.
The 33rd Dáil saw Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin elected as Taoiseach in the midst of a coalition of Fianna Fáil, Fianna Gael and the Greens. However, despite the historic nature of the abandonment of Civil War politics, that age-old discrepancy in the representation of women in politics continues: out of a Cabinet of sixteen, only four female Ministers have been appointed.
5G is the newest addition to the evolution of mobile communication technology but despite the fact it seems to be a natural progression in the saga of wireless technology, 5G has been met with significant public backlash in terms of the health risks it has been speculated to pose.
The race is on to find a safe, effective vaccine against Covid-19 which would allow for an exit from lockdown restrictions, quarantines and social distancing. Producing a vaccine is a mammoth task by any standards, but manufacturing a safe, effective inoculation in a matter of months for a virus against which no one has immunity, is unprecedented.
Transgender healthcare in Ireland is failing those who need it. One way of explaining why is our obsession with anything Catholic, and why this obsession is hindering access to healthcare for some of our most marginalized groups.
A closer look at the Hong Kong security law and it’s immediate aftermath, as well as the future for Hong Kong citizens.
STAND spoke to Evgeny Shtorn, Russian LGBTQ+ and direct provision activist, scholar and poet, and Rayann, community organiser, advocate for black queer folk in Ireland and poet. Both agreed that while Pride had accomplished so much, but was and still is, first and foremost, a protest.
With the recently formed government setting out its new legislative programme, the current legislation for hate speech, the Incitement to Hatred Act of 1989, is also set for an update. How is hate crime in Ireland currently not legislated for and where is it most sorely needed?
Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs in the Philippines has been called into question by human rights watchdogs. As pressure mounts, how has the ‘drug war’ been waged and is this a pragmatic manoeuvre for political gain or an earnest policy in the interest of the Filipino people?