China’s Smothered and Silenced: The Plight of the Uighurs

The interviewee has requested anonymity. He will be referred to under the pseudonym Asahd in this article. Finding out that your brother has been detained by the authorities in an act of sinicization is not easy. In late March of this year, Asahd, who lives abroad, received a cryptic call from an employee of his…

Crisis Indicators are Returning: Is Canada’s Economy in Danger?

Canadian housing has raised at incredible and uncontrollable speeds in recent years. This spike in housing prices has become problematic for cities like Vancouver, British Columbia, where it is so unaffordable that there are empty houses while tens of thousands are left without a place to live. Not only that, but if the economy declined…

Mattis Visits Southeast Asia: Strengthening the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

Last year U.S. President Donald Trump has frequently stated the term “free and open Indo-Pacific” during his Asia voyage, as this month U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has visited Southeast Asia to Indonesia and Vietnam in an effort to reach a consensus in defense issues and forge strong new partnerships. The Indo-Pacific policy aims to…

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…

North Korea has World Backed into a Corner

The US and other world leaders have few choices when it comes to managing North Korea.  Even fewer choices remain when an impulsive American president like Donald Trump calls the shots. Underneath the bellicose rhetoric, incessant name-calling and hostile threats, therefore, lies an incoherent and fragmented foreign policy. Political Amnesia The United Nations Security Council…

Censorship: A Brief Overview

Censorship, by definition, is the control of information in a society, achieved by officially examining, modifying, and limiting the publication of movies, books, news reports, blogs, social media and other mediums. It is most often used to suppress any idea or content found to be not suitable by the government. Each country has its own…

Opinion: Why Communism Isn’t As Bad As You Think

The public sees communism as a bad and horrendous ideology that was behind the death of millions of people in both Soviet Russia and Communist China. However, communism is not an inherently bad ideology; it just did not have the proper executioner. And it will probably never do. To understand communism, one must understand first…

Why should we care about China’s interest in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Chinese presence in Latin America and the Caribbean can be traced back to nineteenth and twentieth century migrants who established diasporic groups across the region. Chinese Latin Americans are found across the entire continent, intermingling with local cultures and social norms. Economically, however, the People’s Republic of China began to show more interest in Latin…

The Deadlock at Doklam

As the Indo-China border impasse at Doklam continues without a tangible end in sight, there are several important takeaways to note here. To start with, China has adopted an overtly aggressive position on the issue, it being the aggrieved party. The ‘conditionalities’ from Beijing include “immediate unilateral withdrawal of India’s troops to the Indian side…

Tiananmen Lies

On June 4, 1989, troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China opened fire on unarmed, pro-democracy student protesters in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. According to most Western news sources, “thousands were gunned down in cold blood, and many more were crushed by tanks”. Right? Well, no. The paragraph you have just read is an…

Economic Analysis: Future of the Chinese economy

China is still to this day one of the fastest growing economies in the world. High demand from other countries for Chinese exports along with cheap labor helped the country to succeed in reducing their trade deficit as well as capitalize on infrastructure and financial investments. China is not able to maintain same steam as…

India ditches China’s OBOR summit

The primary objective of the One Belt One Road initiative  is to improve connectivity and cooperation among Asian countries, Africa, China and Europe.Inspired by the Silk Road, the medieval trade routes between Europe and Asia, the emphasis is on increasing land as well as maritime routes. The policy is significant for China since it aims to boost domestic…

Cold War 2.0?

Relations between countries are degrading day by day. Tensions are rising. Military advancement, supporting adversaries of one country, terrorism are all contributing to the new state of affairs in International politics, which I believe, may or may not one day develop into a cold war. Let us check on a few regions. Indian Subcontinent This…

North Korea to China: Friend or Foe?

Most people on earth have heard of North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom. We have all read about its leader, Kim Jong-Un, and his penchant for nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. We have also heard of its giant neighbour to the north of the North, China. In recent times, Donald Trump has been trying to get…

North Korea DECODED

Being self-reliant is often a goal for most of us in our daily lives, but in North Korea it comes in the form of an entire political ideology – Juche, or “self reliance.” The “Hermit Kingdom” as it’s called, is theoretically, a complete communist state with very little activity in terms of foreign trade and…

Illegal Arms Trade: The Backbone of Instability

Among  the member states in NATO there has been much dispute over the laws and regulations of arms dealing. There is currently an estimated 18 billion dollar arms industry in the world and a staggering amount of weapons are flowing from Europe to the Middle East. Many of the sellers include prominent members of NATO,…

Trump and Trade do NOT go well together

Donald Trump came out recently with arguably his first real decision on his relatively protectionist, isolationist and anti-globalist foreign policy. He decided to withdraw the United States of America from the negotiation process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Firstly, the scope and extent of the TPP must be noted: It would reduce prices on imported consumer…

Universal Basic Income is NOT the answer

A new industrial revolution is coming. In 20–30 years, light industry and assembly will require only a few machinists and heavy industry and milling will require a smaller number of skilled workers. Manufacturing, if it continues to be a mass-scale phenomenon, will no longer provide enough jobs, and even now they have some “lights out”…