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Julia Aylen wades through waist-deep water carrying her pet dog as she is rescued during Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas. AP Photo/Tim Aylen

Climate change, poverty and human rights: an emergency without precedent

The effects of climate change will disproportionately affect the world's poorest, risking the lives and health of millions of people located mainly in the Global South.
A street vendor in Hanoi, Vietnam. Rather than being “helpless and hopeless”, many informal workers are self-reliant and ambitious. Wikimedia

Five myths about the informal economy that need debunking

The informal economy is often perceived negatively, yet recent research from developing and emerging countries indicate that the preconceptions that surround it are myths.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is seen in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in 2018. (Bas Czerwinski/AP)

By not investigating the U.S. for war crimes, the International Criminal Court shows colonialism still thrives in international law

International law has deep connections to structures of power and inequality. Thankfully, committed jurists like Fatou Bensouda are fighting oppression through their unapologetic acts of resistance.
A French-speaking Canadian volunteer in Haiti part of the volunteer group EDV that helped recovery efforts after the earthquake in early June 2010. Emma Taylor/Wikimedia

How Francophone scholarship deepened our understanding of democracy and social change

Scholars such as Alfred Sauvy, Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan and Frantz Fanon wrote in French, but their work greatly contributed to our understanding of democracy and social change in all contexts.
A family from the Central American migrant caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Who is responsible for migrants?

Donald Trump portrays migrants as a foreign problem 'dumped' on America's doorstep. That view ignores the global forces that bind nations together, including trade, climate change and colonization.
Care work isn’t confined to the home, or care professions such as nursing or childcare, it also happens in professional life – and it’s mostly done by women. Shutterstock

Yes, AI may take some jobs – but it could also mean more men doing care work

Once artificial intelligence takes over task-based and calculative jobs, the invisible care work that underpins our offices, marketplaces and institutions could finally become more visible and valued.
The commitment of vegan businesses to animal welfare is laudable, but are they being sheep in their labour practices by doing things the old way? Researchers are asking questions about their labour standards and commitment to social justice. (Shutterstock)

It’s not business as usual for vegan businesses

While the commitment of vegan businesses to animal well-being is laudable, is that where their ethical commitments stop? Are they reproducing bare-minimum labour standards, or aiming higher?
Slum in Paris, by the Pont des Poissonniers. André Feigeles/Wikimedia

Outlining the global fault lines of the ‘slum’ narrative

Slums are an increasing common phenomenon across the global North and global South. To what extent could they be seen as an inherent part of the urbanisation process?
A severe summer drought in Thailand in 2016 caused many of the country’s reservoirs to dry up, including this one near Lampang. (Shutterstock)

How American cities & states are fighting climate change globally

The Trump administration withdrew from the Paris Agreement. But U.S. cities and states are supporting climate change efforts in the developing world regardless.
Social progress is not just a dream. But humanity needs to combine its forces and move away from exclusive currents if it wants to make it real. Sylvia Fredriksson/Flickr

Is it still possible to believe in social progress?

Humankind has today reached a historical peak in developing its strengths. It should use it to create a human community of nations inclusive on all fronts : scholars can help.

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