Contemplating Contemporary Colonialism: Making sense of China’s Increasing Investment and Influence in Africa

By Laurence Campanella China’s growing financial investment in the African continent has brought with it concerns, with many questioning whether its foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade policies are a form of neo-colonialism. In order to responsibly address these important questions, it is crucial to acknowledge the vestiges of European imperialism that continue to influence African socio-economic dynamics, whilst recognizing the progressively globalizing nature of … Continue reading Contemplating Contemporary Colonialism: Making sense of China’s Increasing Investment and Influence in Africa

Renewable Energy Investment: How Southeast Asia is Mitigating Climate Change

By Bérénice Collignon Renewable Energy Investment in Southeast Asia  Climate change has become the number one priority in this new decade. Research and investment in renewable energy is commonly seen as a viable path to combatting this issue. The release of greenhouse gases, polluting emissions, as well as the environmental destruction associated with the extraction of non-renewable energies, are all consequences of the unsustainable practices … Continue reading Renewable Energy Investment: How Southeast Asia is Mitigating Climate Change

A Pipe Dream? – Pipelines and Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada

By Joy Kwak Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink Canada’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project (commonly known as the Trans Mountain Pipeline or TMX) has been at the crux of numerous debates since its conception. This particular project, which was approved by the federal government in 2019, will be an extension of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline aiming to carry crude and refined oil from oil sands … Continue reading A Pipe Dream? – Pipelines and Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada

Was China’s Communist Revolution a Women’s Revolution?

By Bérénice Collignon On November 9th, the McGill University chapter of Global China Connection, held a discussion panel titled “What is behind China’s 70th anniversary?”. As a McGill student association, it aims to promote cultural and business exchanges between students through various types of events. At this panel, Dr. Gal Gvili, a professor of East Asian Studies at McGill University, discussed the changes brought by … Continue reading Was China’s Communist Revolution a Women’s Revolution?

Coronavirus Outbreak: Discussing the Effectiveness of the Chinese Government’s Response

By Enkhuun Byambadorj Fear and panic engulfed China’s usually vibrant and thunderous New Year festivities, as the country was faced with the outbreak of a novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, the capital of Hubei province. December 8th, 2019 witnessed the first death of a patient with unknown etiology among 41 others who had been admitted to Wuhan hospitals with similar conditions. Since then, the … Continue reading Coronavirus Outbreak: Discussing the Effectiveness of the Chinese Government’s Response

Bleaching of the Coral Triangle – What Does this Mean for the Philippines?

By Bérénice Collignon Located in the western Pacific Ocean is a 6 million square kilometer coral area referred to as the Coral Triangle. This economic cornerstone is currently under threat, with grave implications for both the global community and the six countries it borders: the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste. Corals have a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae algae; … Continue reading Bleaching of the Coral Triangle – What Does this Mean for the Philippines?

Language as a Weapon of Imperialism: A Comparative Case Study Between Canada and Korea

By Laurence Campanella and Joy Kwak “Language is not just a social phenomenon but also a materialized tool that is used to legitimize one’s socioeconomic class, political status, racial and ethnic identities, and gender.”  – Jina E. Kim A close examination of countries who have undergone the painful, often destructive process of imperialism shows that there is no single tactic employed by the colonizer – … Continue reading Language as a Weapon of Imperialism: A Comparative Case Study Between Canada and Korea

The Indian Supreme Court’s Verdict on Religiously Disputed Land and Its Implications

By Mehak Balwani India’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hindus on November 9th, 2019 in a decades-old dispute over a holy site contested by Muslims. This holy site is in Ayodhya, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, and is the birthplace of one of the most revered Hindu gods, Lord Ram. At the centre of this dispute is a 16th-century mosque … Continue reading The Indian Supreme Court’s Verdict on Religiously Disputed Land and Its Implications

Giving Rivers Rights: A Novel Approach to Protecting the Environment

By Maeve Williams In the current wave of environmentalism, it is difficult to distinguish between radical and moderate movement in the direction of environmental protection. Climate marches, once a radical rebellion, have become an  almost mundane occurrence as their frequency grows globally. This reveals a deep rooted issue of grassroot protests: they can become so widespread that they disappear into the daily political discourse. Thus, … Continue reading Giving Rivers Rights: A Novel Approach to Protecting the Environment

The McGill Food Coalition Kick-Off Event – Community and Food Go Hand-in-Hand

By Enkhuun Byambadorj Food and community were the dominant themes at the McGill Food Coalition’s (MFC) kick-off event on November 15th. Attendees were welcomed with warm coffee, MFC pins, and an honest discussion about the state of McGill University’s food system.  The event featured a panel discussion, including four prominent members of McGill’s and Montreal’s food communities: Graham Calder – founder of P3 Permaculture, a … Continue reading The McGill Food Coalition Kick-Off Event – Community and Food Go Hand-in-Hand