Student Commentary

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, post-secondary education institutions rapidly shifted to virtual learning environments: They quickly adopted virtual technology platforms and, as the pandemic oscillated in intensity, established functional, effective and integrated bimodal learning platforms (i.e., in-person lectures with an option to participate remotely). University faculties prided themselves on these rapid transitions, which allowed them [...]

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The importance of Twitter in foreign affairs has increased dramatically in the last decade. Not only is it a key news source for people around the world, but it is an essential diplomatic forum. For example, if you want to know how Canada feels about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, simply check their Twitter page [...]

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Since February 24, 2022, Russia’s President has demonstrated an outrageous contempt towards any norm of international law. Putin does not in the least care about the notion of Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence; instead the “Fuhrer” of the Russian Federation unprovokedly and stealthily launched missiles in the area close to Kyiv at 5 AM, marking the [...]

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Recently, a federal US court issued warrants for arrest of several Belarusian officials for “aircraft piracy.” These indictments come as the result of year-long investigations into alleged improprieties and deceit by the Belarus government in the interception and diversion of an international flight in its airspace in May last year. The resulting exposé has left many [...]

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Introduction “National Security lies not in protecting our borders but in reversing the substantial erosion of civil liberties.” – Theresa May The Indian Government, to deal with the 1958 Naga insurgency, enacted the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958. AFSPA aims to protect armed forces and carry out operations in conflict prone areas. The [...]

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“Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.” – George Herbert Bangladesh has taken an increasingly regressive approach on human rights in the last few years. In December 2021, allegations surfaced online that the Inspector General of Bangladesh Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officers engaged in violations of international law, one being the [...]

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Introduction The Indian government has tabled the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha, a bill aimed at increasing the minimum legal age of marriage for girls from 18 to 21 years. This bill will amend the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, which prohibits child marriages in India. The 2006 act provides a different minimum [...]

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Recently, the central government of India agreed to repeal the three farm laws which had led to one of the longest nationwide farmers’ protests. The decision to repeal the farm laws had come when the laws were already facing a challenge in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Kisan Mahapanchayat had filed a writ petition before [...]

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Picture a swarm of drones entering a village programmed to fly without a human operator with instructions to shoot or immobilize anyone it deems to be holding a weapon. While this might sound like a scene from Lana Wachowski’s latest Matrix film, the technology to build these killer robots is already here. Unless states act [...]

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Following the reimposition of US sanctions on Iran on May 8, 2018, a Swedish bandage maker, Mölnlycke, decided to halt shipments to Iran, and this decision has affected patients in Iran who are affected by a severe and life-threatening rare skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Many patients in Iran, where an estimated 800 to [...]

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