Clandestine Jewish Purim and Carnaval celebrations in Israel and Brazil, and the relevancy of the cultural celebration of Day of the Dead.
The Mekong River in Southeast Asia has been an important river for multiple countries, but it is now threatened by the numerous dams built without much international coordination.
As biopics become increasingly popular, a lesser-known 1987 satire of the genre serves as a cautionary tale against nostalgia and historical figure worship.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court has stripped rights held for nearly half a century and raises concerns about the new, conservative makeup of the Court. The landmark 1973 case established access to abortion as a federal right, stating overreaching state restrictions were unconstitutional. However, the 2022 Dobbs v. […]
Sat, September 10, 2022 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT On September 10th, Spheres Of Influence is hosting an online workshop on mental health in journalism, another widely overlooked and underreported issue in the field. The workshop will feature Dr. Saranaz Barforoush, a journalist and an assistant professor of teaching at UBC School of Journalism, […]
After 22 years, the UN mission in the DRC has clearly failed to protect Congolese civilians and build the safe and peaceful environment they had hoped for.
Once backed by US troops in the Syrian Civil War, Rojava could now find itself surrounded by two hostile state militaries – a consequence of the International Community appeasing dictatorships over democracies.
With the U.S. military and an overcapacity tourism industry exploiting water reserves, Hawaii is now facing a water crisis that disproportionately affects Indigenous and local communities.
Colombia just elected its first-ever leftist President. Many assume this will lead to a break down in relations with the US and Canada. Instead, it offers a new progressive path for the three countries to set a global diplomatic precedent.
This article examines the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on West Virginia v. EPA and questions the ability of the U.S. to lead domestic and international climate action.
This summer, Spheres of Influence has been honoured to welcome 12 new volunteer staff writers. Coming from diverse academic, professional, and cultural backgrounds, these new numbers bring unique perspectives on a number of pressing, underreported issues – ranging from the US-China trade war to the politics of Indian cinema to the legacy of queer history […]
Vancouver’s failure to preserve Chinatown’s rapidly dwindling grocers and restaurants showcases a lack of dedication to the city’s culturally significant food systems.
After previously defending their decision to schedule shows in Israel following public backlash, critically-acclaimed indie rock band Big Thief recently canceled their charity concerts in Tel Aviv. In their new statement, they backpedaled on their initial stance on ‘love beyond disagreement’, stating that, “We now recognize the shows we had booked [did] not honor that […]
Vancouver’s opioid crisis and the Philippines’ war on drugs have more in common than you may think. Here is what we can learn from the two.
Japan is one of few countries whose economic policy officially encourages firms to adopt a four-day work week. Why is a country known for long working hours adopting a progressive policy, and could it be an antidote to Japan’s unique labor issues?
The world’s leading militaries contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than most countries, worsening climate change. The solution? Less, not greener, war.
While Panama is considered among the most developed countries in Latin America, why are many people taking to the streets to protest the living costs in the country?
With the U.S. and the E.U. grappling with global inflation, Biden is attempting to foster new alliances between Israel and the Arab states that could provoke conflict with Iran.
Germany is at risk of a self-inflicted energy crisis amid the war in Ukraine, revealing the need to transition away from Russian natural gas.
Long a global leader in nuclear disarmament, recent months have seen Japanese public opinion shifting in favor of discussing nuclear sharing with NATO. While still far from official policy, what has prompted these developments?
With mining companies in the Global North exploiting and controlling its cobalt industry in the name of sustainability, the DRC and the Congolese people get the short end of the stick.