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ALONG WITH COVID-19, RACISM IS SPREADING ACROSS THE WORLD

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the whole world is facing a major health crisis. However, this is not the only emergency we are struggling with as racism — an already existing social problem — has emerged once again and given rise to many xenophobic episodes. The attacks are taking place both in Europe and America…

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A THREAT TO SEA AND HUMAN LIFE

THE PROBLEM OF OVERFISHING Overfishing is among the activities that threaten the existence of sea life and, consequently, contribute to climate change, endangering the condition of human life. It consists of “the removal of a species of fish from a body of water at a rate that the species cannot replenish, resulting in those species becoming underpopulated in that area”.…

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: A FORM OF CONTEMPORARY SLAVERY

What is human trafficking? Human trafficking is the use of coercion, fraud, or deceit to recruit, move and hold people for benefit. This crime carried out everywhere in the world, is committed against men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. To persuade and manipulate their victims, traffickers often use intimidation, pretend to have (fraudulent) employment…

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SOCIAL MEDIA: RISKS AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

Nowadays, social media are part of our lives. They can be useful, entertaining, fun, informative, and educational, they offer a space to broadcast what you are and your interests, they can also help create communities: it depends on the use you make of them. Unfortunately, they have drawbacks too: they can be harmful to our…

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HOT 5 E-WASTE BUSINESSES THAT ARE CHANGING THE WORLD

The world’s largest and robustly growing industry is the electronics industry. As new and faster technological innovations keep coming in, consumer demand for recent products increases. This has resulted in a shorter lifespan of devices and a thriving e-waste problem. According to Global E-Waste Monitor, consumers all around the world discard 54 million tonnes of…

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WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE IN DANGER ONCE AGAIN

Turkey’s announced withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, is devastating news. The Convention has been signed by 34 European countries and is widely regarded as the gold standard of international efforts to protect women and girls from the…

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FINDING YOURSELF ABROAD

Descartes: discours de la méthode I would like to begin this article by quoting a famous reflection by Descartes in Discours de la méthode (1637), which is someway related to my period of study abroad. The French philosopher claims he abandoned the study of letters to travel, as soon as his age allowed him to…

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HOMELESSNESS: A GLOBAL CONCERN

If we walk around our cities without getting too much distracted by our routine, we will notice that some people actually live on the streets we walk. Unfortunately, all around the world, there are people who have no fixed abode and they are among the most vulnerable ones.   Why do people become homeless? People…

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VALUING WATER

Water is arguably the most precious resource on Earth, and yet we often value and manage it extremely poorly. Typically, the price of water reflects a limited number of costs, from treatments to transport, but its actual value is far greater. The fact that the prices of water are low and subsidized is important to…

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Childcare

EARLY MARRIAGE: A THREAT TO CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

What is child marriage? Child marriage is a formal or informal union between a girl or a boy under the age of eighteen and an adult or another child. As a result of gender disparity, the majority of child marriages are between girls and men. This practice endangers the freedom of choice of too many…

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