The Bloc Québécois: A Divided Party

The Bloc Québécois was left in shambles after seven of its ten MPs decided to leave the party early this month. The seven departed members decided to form a separate parliamentary group. The split in the party is the result of disagreements over the leadership of Martine Ouellet, claiming that her leadership is authoritarian. The…

What will the Middle East look like in ten years?

The year is 2028. Much of the Gaza has become unlivable. Daesh (ISIS) has been destroyed, but another terrorist group looms close on the horizon. The Kurds have their own state, meaning Iraqi unity has been destroyed. The Assad regime is still in power, having vanquished the rebel forces thanks to Iranian and Russian military…

Seeing America through the Middle East: How do we educate our children?

As an American student in Egypt, at any given moment you can experience the impact of Republican values. From the social conservatism to the laissez-faire approach toward the market. For all the GOP’s critiques of the Middle East, it is governed by the same guiding principles as the conservative party: traditionalism. In America, as in…

Revisiting Populism; A Case Study

In light of Doug Ford’s recent win of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party’s nomination, it is important that we reexamine the influence and force of the populist movement within our politics. Contemporaries from Macleans and Globe and Mail have both commented on his populist nature, but what exactly is a populist and what does it…

Edible Ethics: Extending Life’s Longevity, and Its Limitations

Imagine living forever. Imagine never fearing age, sickness, infirmity, or death. It makes sense to want to live forever. We humans have a primal need for self-preservation, which entails seeking our own survival, no matter the cost. This desire to be immortal has long been an unattainable sci-fi fantasy. However, with developing technologies, having eternal…

America Must Abandon Tribalism to Solve the Gun Debate: Opinion

Last month’s tragic shooting in a Florida high school, which resulted in the death of 17 people, has stirred up a plethora of emotions and opened up old wounds. Following the incident, masses flooded the internet, condemning the act of horror committed and more importantly, calling for stronger gun control restrictions. The Parkland incident marked…

What is this so-called Wind of Change in South Africa?

The power of incumbency is such a hot topic for political debate in Africa. A sitting African president appearing on national TV, not for any other purpose, but to read out a resignation speech, is typically not an African thing. But when this happens, like we recently witnessed in South Africa, how should we tell…

Iranians Demand Change in Large Displays of Protest and Activism

Iran was struck by waves of anti-government and pro-government rallies during a period spanning the end of December 2017 and the beginning of January 2018. The anti-government demonstrators were drawn to action as a result of the rising prices of basic goods (specifically eggs and poultry), alleged corruption, lack of personal freedom and the country’s…

This University is Experimenting with Realistic Fieldwork in Criminology

It is often said that hands-on, real life experiences teach us much more than a textbook ever will. This is certainly the case for students in Durham University’s undergraduate criminology program in Durham, North England. The university offers its third-year students a chance to participate in its Inside-Out program. In this program, 12 lucky students…

A Power Struggle in the Rainbow Nation: Political Turmoil in South Africa

South Africa was thrown into political turmoil after the ruling ANC (African National Congress) party admitted that President Jacob Zuma had defied orders to resign. Moreover, the party had little idea of when the president would respond to the demand. The highest decision making body of the ANC decided to dismiss Zuma in an emergency…

Striving for Good Mental Health

What can I do to feel joy; a common question asked by victims of depression. It is unfortunate that though they ask this question, there are still a large portion of them that don’t aim to get help. Looking at the issue of depression, most people are educated about the severity of it but without…

Why is the World Silent on the Political Arrest of Diane Rwigara?

On 3rd May 2017, Diane Shima Rwigara announced her intention to vie for presidency in the 2017 general elections of the Republic of Rwanda which would pit her against popular but highly controversial incumbent President Paul Kagame among other candidates. Three days later, nude photos of her were posted on social media in an attempt…

Changing Our Approach to Defeating Terrorism

The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is but one of the many erroneous usages of the word “radical.” In fact, the misnomer of acts of terror as “radically Islamic,” besides being a dog whistle characterizing Islam has fundamentally destructive in its essence, also contributes to the degradation of the principal meaning of “radical.” While disagreements on…

A Brief History and Analysis of Iran–Israeli Relations

Iran calls Israel “The Little Satan.” Israel calls Iran “the greatest threat to [its] security”. It’s evident that Israel and Iran don’t exactly have warm relations. But, Iran was the second Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel in 1948. Under the Shah of Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution, the two countries did enjoy close and…

The Westernisation of Second-Generation Chinese

Toronto; the largest city in Canada. With a total population of almost 3 million, 10.8% of all Torontonians were of Chinese descent as of 2011. But despite having Chinese ancestry, many Chinese-Canadians are vastly different from their peers who have grown up in China. I currently attend a Toronto high school. Of my classmates, over…

Joseph Kennedy III: A New Face

Kennedy. Does that surname sound familiar? It is one of the most popular surnames in the United States of America. Joseph Kennedy III is a thirty seven year old U.S Democratic Representative, he is well known in Massachusetts’s political spectrum. He currently made a speech which brought him into the spotlight nationally and internationally. He…

(Op-ed): How the Term “Virtue Signal” has become a Virtue Signal

And how it’s destroying our politics. Collins Dictionary defines virtue signalling as, “behaviour that is aimed at demonstrating one’s own enlightened attitudes.” While the first use of the term online was in 2004, on a discussion page about, “Virtue signalling at its most pedestrian,” but it was popularized in 2015 when James Bartholomew, writer for…

Why We Shouldn’t Care About The Dow Crashing

One cannot say no one saw this coming. The headlines, however, were alarmist as ever. The source of their doomsday tone: on Monday of this week, the DOW Jones index tumbled over 1,100 points in the United States’ biggest one-day stock fall since 2011. After weeks of boasting stock markets that were “smashing one record…

Why Amazon HQ2 is Bad News For Toronto

In 2017, online retail giant, Amazon announced it’s intention to open a second headquarters in North America. This was met by a massive influx of responses as cities across the United States and Canada vied to declare their interest in the project. Some of whom, even included huge tax write-offs in their proposals to sway…

The Two Roads of the United Kingdom

With the Brexit referendum in 2016, the United Kingdom has changed. The prime minister David Cameron resigned immediately after the results of the vote, having the party choose Theresa May as his successor. She then held an early general election in the hopes of having more control for their exit from the European Union but…

The Voices Are Heard: Reflecting On The Iranian Protests

Iran was built by protests. To observe this concept, one does not have to look far into the country’s history. Take the 1979 revolution as an example; a nation once secure under the very foundation of the Pahlavi dynasty was soon met with the swift uprise of an Islamic Republic. A change so powerful yet…

Edible Ethics: Revamping How We Approach Disease, and its Downfalls

Gene editing has become a paragon of innovation in the scientific community. Specifically, the use of CRISPR-Cas9, has triggered an abundance of different applications. However, it has also triggered just as many ethical concerns. These ethical concerns are often not made clear to the public; only those involved in highly technical communities are made aware…

Seeing America through the Middle East: What’s next for Net Neutrality?

As an American student in Egypt, at any given moment you can experience the impact of Republican values. From the social conservatism to the laissez-faire approach toward the market. For all the GOP’s critiques of the middle east, it is governed by the same guiding principles as the conservative party: traditionalism. Historians face the pressing…

Universal Basic Income- Does it Really Work?

As the world continues to change there are many big ideas floating around within the political scene. When talking about economics, one big buzzword has been continuously popping up in both far left and right media outlets – universal basic income. In the simplest sense, universal basic income is when a government gives a set…