The recent airstrike on Syria shows that perhaps, when it comes to US foreign policy in the Middle East, the Biden administration might be an 'evil' in disguise.
Myanmar’s rapid change of political fortunes as of yesterday might easily come as woven at the centre of two narratives that seem to have defined Myanmar in the eyes of many: on the one hand, a crashing end to a story of hope and democratic change; on the other, the soft, yet inescapable, thump of a history of military despotism reasserting itself once more.
Amongst the myriad of prospects and hopes that we carry for this new year, it is important to remember the role that we all play in dismantling institutions built on oppression. As we move forward, Catalyst urges us all to continue to strive towards a more just and equitable society.
On November 11, 2020, Managing Editor Kai Scott sat down with Prof. Erik Martinez Kuhonta, Associate Professor in the department of Political Science at McGill University, to discuss the results of the 2020 general election in Myanmar, and what these mean for democratization in the country.
Above everything, the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize has revealed the importance of Alessandra Korap Munduruku and other Indigenous peoples’ claims and has officially marked her place as a relevant figure for human rights activism. The award may be perceived as just another step closer to the recognition of Brazilian indigenous’ rights.
The need for action on Human Rights is at an all-time high—and our set of pieces selected for this week aspire to demonstrate the various ways that organizations and individuals have worked to push back against growing inequities present across the world. In the end, we hope that these articles will fuel a sense of empowerment, ultimately showing that bottoms-up activism remains alive and well, despite trying times.
In a climate of extreme division fostered by conservatives and Republicans themselves, it would seem ironic to call for rapprochement between both parties. Ultimately, US minorities do not owe an openly racist Republican Party anything. Yet this is not the full story. The truth is that a Biden-Harris administration is far from being the progressive ticket one could think it is.
Many issues that local Indigenous communities face are extremely similar to the problems we usually attribute to the “developing world”, and while we care about them abroad, we seem to conveniently forget about those very similar local realities.