World Politics

<strong></strong>Covid-19: a window of opportunity for better global governance
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Covid-19: a window of opportunity for better global governance

It's been three months since Europe became the epicentre of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and six months since it was first discovered in China in December 2019. Yet, in that short period the virus has both revealed and inflamed the deep structural issues that exist throughout the globe — both in the domestic and international spheres. More importantly, the virus has accelerated a tumultuous shift in the international system — one that has been anticipated by those who have followed international politics for some time. This shift refers to the changing role of the US in international affairs. Since the end of the Cold War the US has been able to claim global hegemony — being the cornerstone of the liberal world order that governs the interstate system. Its unipolar moment has spanned t...
<strong></strong>The Sikhs, and now the Kashmiris: the disease that is Hindu Nationalism
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The Sikhs, and now the Kashmiris: the disease that is Hindu Nationalism

If you haven’t already seen the recent red-washing of Twitter icons, then you must be new to the issue in Kashmir. Indian PM Narendra Modi has revoked the autonomy of Kashmir and Jammu, leaving the inhabitants in grave anxiety and panic. This abrupt change comes as no surprise, as Modi has expressed before his Hindu nationalist beliefs, as a devotee of Hindutva. Hindutva is the ideology that India is the homeland of Hindus, and has fuelled many anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh attacks since the election of Modi. But, it is ignorant to believe that this is a new revelation, as Indian patriots and nationalists have often overlooked the atrocities within their own countries. Hindu nationalists like Modi, and such as Anupam Kher and Priyanka Chopra, bask in their Hindu privilege whilst completel...
<strong></strong>With the arrest of a prominent activist, the Chechnya leader further erodes Human Rights
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With the arrest of a prominent activist, the Chechnya leader further erodes Human Rights

Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov said in 2017 that,“(Vladimir) Putin should be made president (of Russia) for life,” stating “strong rule is needed” and “democracy is all but an American fabrication.”kremlin.ru “I officially declare to human rights activists: after the end of the trial, Chechnya will be forbidden territory for them, like it is for terrorists and extremists.” Razman Kadyrov runs his South Russian federal province on an allotment of turbulence, agitation and dominance. His message to local police forces was broadcast on Chechen media last August, ruffling the feathers of amnesty observers worldwide. The trial in question ended on Monday. Needless to say, the defendant, a human rights watcher, was found guilty. His liberty, of which he would argue was alre...