Business & Politics
With the recently formed government setting out its new legislative programme, the current legislation for hate speech, the Incitement to Hatred Act of 1989, is also set for an update. How is hate crime in Ireland currently not legislated for and where is it most sorely needed?
Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs in the Philippines has been called into question by human rights watchdogs. As pressure mounts, how has the ‘drug war’ been waged and is this a pragmatic manoeuvre for political gain or an earnest policy in the interest of the Filipino people?
In a decades-long dispute between China and India over a border region, tensions have escalated with troops being moved to their borders after a number of skirmishes.
Described as the worst conflict in the world, Yemen has now entered its sixth year of civil war. As this war rages on, this famine-stricken country suffers from one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world as local and world powers wage proxy conflicts.
In the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012 the Black Lives Matter movement has since become a prominent organisation advocating against police brutality. Now after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the movement has become more widespread as it tries to tackle institutional police violence and rigid police union tactics.
As we celebrate Pride Month, it is important to honour the pioneering achievements of early LGBT+ activists in Ireland. During the late 1970s and early 80s, a dark period marred by poverty, unemployment and the criminalisation of same-sex activity in Ireland, members of the LBGT+ community carried out several acts of resistance and defiance which would forever alter the social and political fabric of our nation.
Ireland has the chance to deploy a unique defence against the global pandemic, and politics may be the only thing preventing its full use. Analogies in other parts of the world point to the idea that a quick and effective way to wipe an island free of Covid cases could be, simply, a combination of geography and strict border control. No one enters unless border officials are sure they can do so safely. Ireland, however, has an international border running right through it. Is an all-island approach as a response to COVID-19 workable here?
Fast fashion has long been criticized. The Covid-19 pandemic is exposing the fragility of the economic system in which fast fashion operates. This is clear from brands which have been cancelling orders already produced, leaving garment workers in their supply chains without a job and salary – Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and New Look are some of the culprits.
While the importance of solidarity cannot be overstated, instances of self-serving, performative allyship with Black Lives Matter must also be recognised and addressed. Perhaps the biggest culprits of performative allyship have been corporations seeking to boost their public image.
While the coronavirus pandemic creates chaos and trauma in communities across the globe, rather than being a ‘great equaliser’, the virus, in many cases, is causing the greatest harm to those already vulnerable. The Rohingya Muslims are one group identified by organisations such as Oxfam and WHO as being at risk of coronavirus spreading rapidly through their community.