Business & Politics
Following the recent controversial Ugandan election results, Brianna Walsh explores the concerning issues with media and democracy that face us in 2021.
Donald Trump is no longer the name we hear in the news every day, but he has certainly left a legacy on US and global politics.
One of the world’s longest-standing conflicts has been re-ignited by Armenia and Azerbaijan with their struggle over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous territory of 150,000 people. Here’s the 32-year conflict explained.
The Russian “anti-corruption” campaigner, Navalny, has been discharged from acute inpatient care, after becoming ill on his flight from Siberia in August. It was not long before allegations of poisoning were banded about, and the future of Russian politics was called into question. He is however to remain under supervision as the long term effects of his condition are not yet known.
COVID-19 is attacking not only our ability to be heard but also the legitimacy of that voice. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is one of the many prevalent examples where freedom of speech has been hindered by COVID-19’s continued exponential growth. Unlike other examples I could use, Ethiopia could disproportionately suffer from the stripping of such freedoms.
Detached reporting of asylum crossings in the English Channel resemble “a sports commentator watching a boat race or a tour operator on a whale watching tour.” Dehumanising refugees is is a long-standing problem within UK journalism that is seeping into politics and impacting the lives of those seeking international protection.
As the world adjusts to living with Covid-19, combatting the virus has become another platform for certain brands of politics. When politicians of different ideological beliefs clash, and the authority of science is called into question, what results is a fractured and uncoordinated response that only perpetuates the pandemic.
Donald Trump suggested on 30th July that the election be delayed – an idea which most press outlets and even the US congress assured was not going to happen, putting the president firmly in his place. Trump didn’t think his latest election threat all the way through, but he continues to set a terrifying precedent for a nation which touts itself as a global inspiration for democracy.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games would have been happening this summer if it was not for the outbreak of Covid-19. These games, and many mega sporting events before them, have been plagued by human rights abuses of workers. What needs to be done in order to prevent this?
The General Election of February 2020 feels like a world away now. Not only do the pre-social distancing days seem like a weird alternative universe, but also the hopes for radical change which many, particularly young, people dared to hold as they headed to the ballot box are starting to seem like a crazy dream. As the coalition of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party settle into the Dáil, the political landscape of the next five years is beginning to come into focus.