Politics

On the Fence: Northern Ireland’s Peace Impasse

Historically, Northern Ireland’s peace walls were built to ensure civility between nationalist (Catholic) and loyalist (Protestant) regions of the country. In recent years however, they are viewed as counterproductive to future peace developments. As a result, there is a growing desire to remove the walls, but in the context of Brexit is there still a need for them? This article will examine how the re-emergence of overt interest in an united Ireland may have reframed the role of the peace walls in Northern Ireland.

OPINION | Bloody Good News: Scotland Tackles Period Poverty

Scotland is the first country in the world to make period products free for those who need them. The Period Products (Free Provision)(Scotland) Bill, proposed by Monica Lennon MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) was approved unanimously by MSPs on November 24 2020. Soon, it will become enshrined in law and I, alongside many others, am delighted that Scotland is tackling period poverty, especially using such an inclusive approach. The Bill will make the service accessible to all who need it and give responsibility to local authorities (councils) and institutions to tailor the service to their population’s needs.

OPINION | Domestic Violence Leave in Canada: Who Benefits?

With the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre and the National Day of Remembrance and Day of Action on Violence Against Women on December 6 and the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign having run from November 25 to December 10, now is a good time to reflect on domestic violence in Canada and what can be done to provide better supports. With a focus on domestic leave policies in Canada, this article comments on the gap in equality between women in lower and those in higher paying positions and the implications arising from this gap.

Mothering in Poverty: Has There Been Any Progress in Canada?

The shift from a Keynesian welfare state and the Canadian Assistance Plan to a neoliberal governance and the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) model in the 1980s and 1990s and then the implementation of the current Poverty Reduction Strategy has had numerous implications for poverty in Canada. With a focus on single mothers in Canada, this article will assess the impact of each of these policy shifts to determine whether or not poverty has in fact been reduced.

The Evolution of Revolution

The nation of Belarus is bursting to the seams with protests against Europe’s so-called “last dictator”. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who holds a totalitarian grip, has failed to eradicate the protests despite conducting mass arrests and torture. President Lukashenko lives in a euphoric Soviet past and has proved to stop at almost nothing to maintain his totalitarian grip over Belarusian society. Currently, there is an ongoing conflict between a civil society striving for national change and a stubborn tyrant adamant to maintain a Soviet-like state. Who will come out on top of this crisis? Belarusian society will overthrow President Lukashenko if they continue to stubbornly protest.

The Lobbying Debate in Latin America

Lobby regulation is frequently recommended as an important measure that governments should implement to reduce corruption. However, that is not the case for Latin America where most citizens lack a basic understanding of the policy-making process. A change in citizens’ perceptions about lobbying activities is thus a prior necessity, especially considering the background of most countries in the region when it comes to corruption.

Worlds Apart: COVID19 and the Roma community in Slovakia

COVID19 has exacerbated the discrimination and challenges faced by the Roma community in Slovakia. Their precarious living conditions and safety need to be addressed by the Government. More accountability and action needs to be provided by the Government to alleviate the struggles they face. This is essential before unity can be achieved between Slovakia and the Roma community.