Behind the ubiquitous pharmacies in Hong Kong: Mainland Chinese tourists

What could we learn from the pharmacies that have a ubiquitous presence in Hong Kong’s tourist areas? Taking a stroll in the tourist areas of this dazzling city of Hong Kong, one may be surprised by how many dispensaries found on a single street. With the flashy advertising signs decorated with ostentatiously twinkling neon lights […]

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The obscure path home: prolonged sufferings facing Rohingyas

As the plight of Rohingyas continues to drag on, little effort has been devoted to addressing issues like the ongoing conflicts, the repatriation of refugees, and the built-in racism of Burmese nationalism that is rooted in the crisis by Aung San Suu Kyi’s government. The world went blissed a couple of days earlier, hearing the […]

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How a sculpture in a British university stirs up the China-Taiwan feud

A giant globe statue unveiled in the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) became the latest battlefield for the China-Taiwan conflict as the university considered marking Taiwan in the same color as China after Chinese students protested the demarcation of the island state. The consideration of potentially changing the designation of Taiwan has […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD: the fading tale of democracy

The red-light beams once again for the NLD-led (National League for Democracy) government of Myanmar (Burma) following the narrow victory of this year’s by-election which took place on November 5th. Despite the party’s optimistic forecast of a robust majority, only about 54% of seats were won, scoring barely over half of the vacancies. Striking the […]

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Nicolas Maduro’s re-election under scrutiny

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY CHRISTI DU TOIT On the 20th of May, in a rather unsurprising turn of events, it was announced that former president Nicolas Maduro had been re-elected to lead Venezuela, a country struggling with national crisis since 2014. Both the people of Venezuela and the international community have reacted […]

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Stateless: The Paradox of Nationality

You might not be familiar with the term “stateless”, but there are currently more than 10 million people being classified as such around the world, the equivalent of the Swedish population. Strait Talk Hong Kong, an NGO promoting conflict resolution across states, invited Chen, Tien-Shi, a professor at School of International Liberal Studies of Waseda University, […]

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Ethiopians forced into exile in Kenya after abuses by the army

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY ALICE DOWEK For several weeks a colossal emigration movement of members of the Oromo community to Kenya has been going on, subsequent to what the former Ethiopian government has named a “blunder” on the part of the army. Keep in mind that this “blunder” has led to the […]

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Iran: families of victims of 1988 massacre demand justice from the UN

TRANSLATED BY LUCY HARRIES AND PROOFREAD BY JOYCE CHEN In early February 2018, a ‘citizens’ tribunal’ took place in Geneva to judge the perpetrators responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988. The families and a dozen or so witnesses, supported by several international lawyers and human rights defenders, called on […]

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