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What’s news on Facebook

This past week, Facebook has been addressing allegations that the platform suppresses conservative news sources in its trending topics section – and the response has been clear: There is no evidence of wrongdoing, but Facebook will investigate to ensure any missteps will be addressed. The allegations first levied by Gizmodo are that Facebook’s “news curators”…

China and foreign NGOs

This Thursday, China passed a new law that has attracted the world’s attention. It is a law that increases police supervision of foreign NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and affects almost 7,000 foreign NGOs. The law gives the government more control over the workings of these organizations and makes it mandatory for the NGOs to have local…

The drama of privilege

A presidential race always prompts a reckoning in the country. It poses several questions to those who want to lead, but perhaps even more to the voters picking a leader. The race reveals what Americans care about, their fears and their dreams. The current presidential race is no exception — and the frustration with income…

Hillary’s unlikability

When it comes to the fight for women’s rights and gender equality, I believe having a woman as president is not nearly as vital as having a president who will fight for women’s rights, especially because both those things are not synonymous. But nevertheless, electing a woman as the president of the United States of…

PC and proud

On Feb. 12, Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the students’ union at India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, was arrested by the Delhi Police. The arrest followed protests in the university of the hanging of Afzal Guru, a terrorist responsible for the attack on the Indian parliament in 2011. Accusations emerged claiming students were shouting anti-national…

Rethinking economic sanctions

The defense of economic sanctions is that they are a better alternative than a lot of other strategies — the most obvious one being war. But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be scrutinised — not just for their effectiveness, but also for their political and ethical implications. It has been repeatedly found that economic…