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The Global Shortage of Raw Materials: Pandemic Aftermath

Last year, due to the pandemic and the social and political problems caused by extended lockdowns, people were watching the evolution of the Covid-19 outbreak with apprehension. Few would have imagined that a health crisis could quickly have economic repercussions. These effects are no longer regional or national, but global. As economies came to a … Continue reading The Global Shortage of Raw Materials: Pandemic Aftermath

CBAM: Should the European Union Set the Dinner Table?

In recent years, societies have become more conscious and have demanded politicians take legal and political action to slow down global warming. Various countries and regional blocks have adopted simple to complex regulations like banning plastic bags, single-use straws, and/or utensils, a Norwegian plan to prohibit sales of vehicles run by fossil fuels (established in 2021), … Continue reading CBAM: Should the European Union Set the Dinner Table?

Power Crisis in China: A giant Step Towards Inflation

China’s hybrid economy is at a crossroads between its own ambition and lack of policy structure. China is facing an acute shortage of electricity which has left billions of people in around 21 provinces as well as businesses out of electricity. Even though blackouts are a regular thing in the country, however, this time multiple … Continue reading Power Crisis in China: A giant Step Towards Inflation

How Women In Croatia Struggle To Find Balance Between Family and Career

While studying the relationship between productive and reproductive goals for women, scholars identified two types of conflict: work-to-family conflict and family-to-work conflict. The former occurs when "demands from one role at home affects one's ability to meet the demands associated with another role in another domain at the workplace" and is typical of patriarchal societies … Continue reading How Women In Croatia Struggle To Find Balance Between Family and Career

Promised Land, Crusader State: The Eight Traditions of US Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

As part of my graduate studies, I recently had to read Dr. Walter McDougall’s 1997 book Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776. McDougall outlines eight US traditions of diplomacy and foreign policy, which he identified in the process of reviewing previous conceptions of these and the primary source they … Continue reading Promised Land, Crusader State: The Eight Traditions of US Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Modern Slavery in Southern Europe: What to Know and What We Can Do

Despite the many developments in agriculture, the sector is still heavily dependent on cheap labour. Thus, labour exploitation is rife in the Southern European countryside, present in many countries such as Spain, Italy, and Greece. What is gangmastering? Agricultural slavery is organised in a system by which an intermediary – the gangmaster – liaises between … Continue reading Modern Slavery in Southern Europe: What to Know and What We Can Do

Human Duties and Universal Responsibilities

“Human duties are the universal responsibilities of human beings regardless of jurisdiction or other factors, such as ethnicity, nationality, religion or sex. The idea of human duties arises as a natural counterbalance to the philosophical idea of human rights.” These days, the whole world is paying lip service to human rights. At the United Nations … Continue reading Human Duties and Universal Responsibilities

Look Beyond the Polar Bear: Embrace the Maths of Climate Change

The son shall not bear responsibility for the sins of the father, they say, but climate change would beg to differ. The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, is set to take place in Glasgow on October 31st to November 12th. With the COP26 around the corner we have been truly inundated by increasingly sobering … Continue reading Look Beyond the Polar Bear: Embrace the Maths of Climate Change

“Peacemaking” Hypocrisy: Human Rights Violations are Turning into a Norm Under the Taliban Regime

Despite their promises, the Taliban have failed to honour their word on a number of commitments. There are still ongoing violations of basic human rights (such as the right of women to study and work, and freedom of the media). The amnesty offered to political opponents turned out to be mere lip service. The situation … Continue reading “Peacemaking” Hypocrisy: Human Rights Violations are Turning into a Norm Under the Taliban Regime