This time last year, little did we think we would be in a position of worldwide quarantine, rendered helpless at the mercy of a deadly virus. Even more so, could we ever have pictured all that would go along with something that affects us and our lives to this scale?
The solution to the social media pandemic that is affecting so many people’s mental health does not lie in avoidance of the App Store or at the touch of the iPad. It lies within us. We must start with the obsession we all have with ourselves to appear perfect.
The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing more inhumane Greek refugee policies. The revelation by the New York Times that Greece has secretly expelled more than 1,000 asylum seekers, abandoning many of them on inflatable life rafts in the Aegean Sea, is one example of this disturbing trend. Meanwhile, refugees are being locked inside Oinofyta refugee camp while Greece welcomes tourists and allows them to roam freely.
Time and time again, we hear of the massive American “big tech companies” and their origins as “rags-to-riches” success stories. But the problem we are seeing now more than ever, is that the American Dream mentality is backfiring. America’s hunger for profit, no matter the costs to sustainability or human rights, is catering to massive businesses and the people behind them feeling justified in exploiting their workforce.
Lockdown wasn’t easy for any of us. On March 27th Ireland went into full lockdown, but just two weeks before that we began receiving alarming articles and alerts about people getting sick from Covid-19. It was terrifying to think that a virus we assumed was far away was now on our doorstep. Anastasiya Sytnyk tells of her experience and the mental stresses and worries of the lockdown quarantine.
When the question of “How on earth will we integrate facemasks into our daily lives?” arises as an actual issue in our media, the Westerners world reveals a sad ignorance and possibly weakness in our nature. Whether we like it or not, the wearing of masks is creeping into a prime position as part of this ‘new normal’ that is replacing the actual normal of our pre-COVID lives
Riots have rocked the world. From the Stonewall Riots of 1969 to Hong Kong 2019 and most recently, the wave of rioting accompanying the Black Lives Matter movement in response to the murder of George Floyd. Rioting is the result of years of tension and mistreatment; a cry to be heard.
Why Veganism Cannot Solve All, but Some, of this World’s Problems: The Virus and the Consumption of Animal Products
A vegan diet has been proven to lead to better health, by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and rates of heart disease. Veganism is also globally renowned for its positive environmental impact, such as reducing the carbon footprint of an individual by up to 73%. What we talk about far less is the fact that a shift to a plant-based diet is the only guaranteed way to prevent pandemics such as COVID-19 from occurring in the future.
Most of us have at some point felt overcome with shopper’s buzz after managing to snatch up a trendy garment on a fast fashion website at a shockingly cheap price. But in the wake of the recent modern slavery allegation against Boohoo, people are now reflecting on the ethics of fast fashion and are finally asking the crucial question – who is paying the price?
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.