The Demise of Path Dependency: Pakistan’s Economy

By Laurence Campanella As inflation continues to soar and global market tumult intensifies, Pakistan’s economy continues to face “serious challenges on [both] the fiscal and external fronts.” In the past three months, Pakistan has experienced rising non-performing bank loans, plummeting exports, as well as soaring inflation and plunging stocks as recently as February of this year. Despite the growing signs of economic turmoil, Prime Minister … Continue reading The Demise of Path Dependency: Pakistan’s Economy

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

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 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 main event of the kick-off was a panel discussion, featuring four prominent members of McGill’s and Montreal’s food communities: Graham Calder – founder of … Continue reading The McGill Food Coalition Kick-Off Event – Community and Food Go Hand-in-Hand

The United States’ Use of Human Rights as a Bargaining Chip in its Trade War with China: Why Here? Why Now?

By Laurence Campanella As the trade war rages on between China and the United States, President Donald Trump’s recent strategy of calling out the human rights abuses of President Xi Jinping’s administration comes as an interesting development. The trade war can be traced back to July 2018, when China decided to stop buying U.S. soybeans in response to the United States’ increased tariffs on Chinese … Continue reading The United States’ Use of Human Rights as a Bargaining Chip in its Trade War with China: Why Here? Why Now?

David Malpass at McGill: An Uncertain Future For the World Bank?

By Ariana Castillon On October 7th, McGill was chosen by the World Bank to host the first major policy signaling-address of its new President, David Malpass. Ahead of his afternoon speech in Pollock Hall, Malpass held a Q&A session with thirty students from across the Arts, Management, and Science faculties. While they were given the opportunity to ask him questions about his plans for the … Continue reading David Malpass at McGill: An Uncertain Future For the World Bank?

Rage Against the Decree: the Role of Indigenous and Marginalized Ecuadorians in Revoking Decree 883

By Joy Ahrum Kwak On October 20th, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno met with local Indigenous leaders to revoke Decree 883 in an effort to terminate the intensifying and sweeping civilian protests against his government. The agreement signed that day aimed to negate the implementation of austerity measures, declaring Ecuador once again a “country of peace”. The measures, which included subsidy cuts, were an important requirement … Continue reading Rage Against the Decree: the Role of Indigenous and Marginalized Ecuadorians in Revoking Decree 883