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I've been sanctioned by China – but that won't stop me speaking out over Xinjiang

“The evidence is clear: a genocide against the Uighurs is in progress. Britain must not put trade before human rights” (Helena Kennedy, 2021).

26 March 2021
Helena Kennedy
The Guardian

Representation Isn't Enough

“Simply counting the number of women in political office does not provide a full picture of women’s political power...doing so distorts perceptions of progress and reinforces the flawed assumption that simply increasing the number of women in high-level political positions is a silver bullet for women’s political empowerment” (Brechenmacher, Mann and Meadows, 2021).

2 March 2021
Saskia Brechenmacher, Katherine Mann, Lauren Meadows
Foreign Policy

A pandemic of abuses': human rights under attack during Covid, says UN head

“The world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said. Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent” (Kelly and Pattisson, 2021).

22 February 2021
Annie Kelly and Pete Pattisson
The Guardian

Why Does the Pandemic Seem to Be Hitting Some Countries Harder Than Others?

“While the virus has ravaged rich nations, reported death rates in poorer ones remain relatively low. What probing this epidemiological mystery can tell us about global health” (Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2021).

22 February 2021
Siddhartha Mukherjee
The New Yorker

The Way Out of America’s Zero-Sum Thinking on Race and Wealth

“The anti-government stinginess of traditional conservatism, along with the fear of losing social status held by many white people, now broadly associated with Trumpism, have long been connected. Both have sapped American society’s strength for generations, causing a majority of white Americans to rally behind the draining of public resources and investments” (Heather McGhee, 2021).

13 February 2021
Heather C. McGhee

There will be enough vaccines for all—if rich countries share

“Even if all goes according to plan, much of the world will suffer a longer wait, because jabs will be distributed unequally. The 54 richest countries account for 18% of adults on Earth, but 40% of vaccine orders—enough to give each of their adults 2.5 two-dose regimens” (The Economist, 2021).

13 February 2021
Τhe Economist

A Letter to the American President: The Killer of Daniel Pearl Must Not Go Free

“The announcement by Pakistan’s Supreme Court, on Jan. 28, that “no offense” could be held against Omar Sheikh and that he and his accomplices should be “immediately released” is, of course, an insult to Pearl’s memory and spit in the face of his family—especially his son, Adam, who was born just a few months after his father’s death” (Bernard-Henri Lévy, 2021).

2 February 2021
Bernard Henri-Lévy
Tablet Magazine

Democracy at Home and Democracy Promotion Abroad Aren’t the Same

“​​Drawing too simple a link between the United States foreign and domestic failings makes fixing them more difficult. Doing so...risks misdiagnosing the pernicious role of racism in American politics. Restoring American democracy while righting its foreign policy requires acknowledging the messy, more troubling relationship between them” (Nick Danforth, 2021).

14 January 2021
Nick Danforth
Foreign Policy

What Works for Improving Refugee Outcomes in High-Income Countries? Policy Insights for the UK

The authors provide insight from “evidence on the impact of early interventions and related policy changes on the outcomes of refugees in high-income countries” in “four types of policies: the asylum process...job search assistance, language training and changes in social assistance.” (Ruiz and Vargas, 2021)

11 January 2021
Isabel Ruiz, Carlos Vargas-Silva
Center on Migration, Policy, and Society, Oxford University

The Inequality Virus

"The crisis has exposed our collective frailty and the inability of our deeply unequal economy to work for all. Yet it has also shown us the vital importance of government action to protect our health and livelihoods. Transformative policies that seemed unthinkable before the crisis have suddenly been shown to be possible" (Berkhout et. al., 2021).

11 January 2021
Esmé Berkhout, Nick Galasso, Max Lawson, Pablo Andrés Rivero Morales, Anjela Taneja, Diego Alejo Vázquez Pimentel
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