In the digital era we live in, we are bombarded with headlines. News agencies often try to simplify international news stories to make them more digestible, often at the expense of adequately explaining the full story. The most pressing stories out there related to international relations, armed conflict, and human rights are really complex and often require a lot of background knowledge to be able to grasp their significance. In this series, we take a look at current events and news stories from a more comprehensive angle. We unpack the historical, political, cultural, economic, and social dynamics of major news events in order to make more sense of them.
Since its establishment in 1995, the World Trade Organization provided and enforced the rules for global trade, however the organization’s relevance is increasingly being undermined by changes in global trading patterns and by flaws in its design.
India and South Africa’s petition to temporarily waive intellectual property rights on COVID-19 innovations could help promote more government and private healthcare collaboration to boost scientific innovation.
As a result of the War on Drugs, small-scale coca growers in Bolivia have been demonized and economically marginalized, but with the re-election of a left-leaning government, this could change.
Women’s Rights activist and UBC graduate Loujain Al-Hathloul conditionally released after 1001 days imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.