Afghanistan is once again the center of the world’s attention, and for all the wrong reasons. The Taliban, freshly emboldened by the announcement from President Joe Biden that US and NATO troops would soon withdraw from Afghanistan, began intensifying their offensive to take provincial capitals and eventually Kabul. At the time of writing, Taliban forcesContinue reading “The Odyssey of Afghan Women”
In the early hours of Friday the 21st of May, news reports circulated that a ceasefire between the Israeli army and Hamas in the Gaza Strip was coming into effect. Bringing an end to a difficult and controversial 11 days of violence which had left more than 250 people killed (most of which residents ofContinue reading “The Israel – Palestine Conflict”
Populism has undergone a sudden resurgence in the past years. Many have probably had an idea about the dangerous ideological factors that populism can have on democratic systems. Now, as the world continues to struggle with the global pandemic and all the other complex economic or social factors that fall in between, the true realityContinue reading “Can populism survive the pandemic?”
Social media platforms (primarily Facebook and Twitter) have faced mounting pressure to better their efforts in combating misinformation, particularly after the US 2020 presidential elections. At the end of January this year, Twitter introduced its Birdwatch program to users in the US. The community-backed program is meant to tackle misinformation on the platform by lettingContinue reading “Birdwatch: Fact Checking will Need to be the Future of Social Media”
The people of Thailand have taken to the streets of Bangkok and other major cities in the country to defy a harsh crackdown against the pro-democracy movement that is currently challenging both the Thai king and the prime minister. As the people continue to stand against the police water cannons, rallies have started to spread across Thailand in the past few months asContinue reading “Thai in Thousands”
In early September, The Trump administration announced that it would be banning the Chinese-owned mobile apps TikTok and WeChat from US app stores. This was an escalated move in the US’ tech clash with China. The restrictions were scheduled to go into effect on TikTok within the first weeks of November unless the company couldContinue reading “Trump and TikTok: Now What?”
If you’ve been actively surfing social media and keeping tabs on the latest happenings from these past couple of months, we can both probably agree that 2020 has been an “eventful” year to say the very least. That being said, keeping up with the latest happenings gets super exhausting after a while. In this year alone, we pretty much went from rampant bush fires, the possibility of an all-out war, riots, a global pandemic, even more lies in politics (never a surprise), and even the apparent rise of institutional racism. The world is practically falling apart as we know it, but here’s a short piece on staying sane in the craziest of times.