Posts byElisabeth Hoole

The Minimum Wage

A Debate on How to Effectively Help Those in Need

The minimum wage has always been the cause of much debate and controversy in economic and political circles. Recently, there was much debate over the United State’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While proponents of the minimum wage argued that it was essential to ensure a living wage for workers,

Why are the Farmers in India Protesting?

Indian farmers, mainly from northern Punjab and Haryana states, have been protesting recently implemented agricultural bills since November of last year and have gained massive international attention. Although the three bills were intended to modernize India’s farming sector, farmers worry that it will disempower them and possibly decrease their quality of life. Protestors have been

Why are Western Countries more unsuccessful than East Asian countries in battling the Coronavirus?

Contrary to its usual status of superiority, Western countries have been hit particularly hard by the Coronavirus, with around 9 million cumulative cases in Europe and 20 million in America. Meanwhile, although East Asian countries were among the first to report covid-19 cases, they have been doing relatively much better in terms of new cases

Neocolonialism: the role of the IMF and the World Bank

What is Neocolonialism? Neocolonialism involves the use of economic, political or cultural pressures to influence other countries, especially former colonies. Previous colonial methods of invasion, violence and direct control have become outdated. If developed countries, which now mostly claim to honor democracy and human rights, tried to directly colonize another country, there would be much

COVID-19 Dispatch: Kenneth Roth Talks The Rise of Autocracy During the Pandemic

How Covid-19 has worsened Hungary’s authoritarianism and the resulting responsibility of the EU

The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has caused a variety of problems, one of which is increasing authoritarianism. Room for Discussion interviewed Kenneth Roth about how Covid-19 has created increasing opportunities for authoritarianism in many countries, focusing on the rise of autocracy in Hungary. Roth is currently the executive director of the Human Rights

What is Systemic Racism?

With the recent explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement across the world, the phrase ‘Systemic Racism’ has been used repeatedly in protests, speeches, Instagram posts and tweets. But what is systemic racism and why is it important for us to understand its reality? Systemic/Institutional Racism, in short, is the racism that exists within and

How the Coronavirus is Exposing Structural Racism in America

Although the coronavirus has been impartial to race and nationality in its takeover of the world, it has exposed the structural racism that exists in many Western countries, particularly in the United States of America. While the virus also triggered explicit racist attacks against Asian-Americans, this article focuses instead on the more implicit institutional racism