Not only does crippling poverty mean that once a vaccine is rolled out, those will be the last to make use of it: but before one is approved, many lower classes will see deaths from failed trial products, and there will be little international notice. Russia is using their poor as guinea pigs when there is little evidence promoting their vaccine, and India ‘pharmacy of the world’ has a reputation for lacking bureaucracy and a lack of controversy and attention. If the developing world continuous racing with the same rigour as in the Cold War, the international community had better start paying attention.
Hungary, Israel, India – are we all going to end up a people of QR-code scanning, ultra-monitored insects under the thumb of the most powerful? Will corruption have to become the norm as ’emergency measures’ remain in place after decades of resolution, as with the post-terrorism measures still in place in the USA? Isaac Bettridge evaluates the situation that the world is facing but looking past, as the focus rests on the pandemic.
In Salman Rushdie’s panoptic novel Midnight’s Children, the character Tai claims that if you “put a gun in a Kashmiri’s hand… it will have to go off by itself – he’ll never dare pull the trigger. [Kashmiris] are not like Indians, always making battles”. Later, Aadam Aziz – the protagonist’s grandfather – tells the reader, […]
The gay community has been slowly making strides toward legislative progress in the Western world, with Australia recently having voted in support of gay marriage. Yet the world still has leaps and bounds to go when it comes to equality everywhere, whilst some countries legalize same-sex couples adoptions, others criminalize same sex relationships. Features writers explore the world of LGBTQ+ movements around the globe. […]
Considering that fact that most Indian national students spent about three months getting all our documents ready for a visa and poring over procedure, we’d not easily fall for phone calls demanding money and threatening deportation. But the fact that we received one of those phone calls is the problem, really. We know that “this […]
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, over 6.5 million people had been displaced in Syria by 2014. Experts believe there are 4 million Iraq refugees around the world. In Nigera, there are over 200,000 people categorized as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). In 1947, over 10 million […]