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.
The right to self determination is a founding principle of international law and the United Nations, but as Mariam Grigoryan points out, the case of Arsakh demonstrates that “in the world where oil money costs more than human lives, there’s not much hope for international law and human rights”.
Rama believes this project is a “tiny seed” in the greater movement towards transitional justice, something those living in Albania need to be able to move forward. Limitations on free speech and an unstable economy are just some of the lasting effects of this period in Albania, and as Rama so eloquently put, the “people can’t think about the past if they are too preoccupied with the present and worry about their future”.
In this interview, I take you to Japan: an economic powerhouse, stable democracy, and a country known for its increasing reliance on migrant workers. Meanwhile, the Japanese government’s immigration laws and detainment practices also oppress and deprive the rights of many migrant workers, immigrants, illegal migrants and refugees – topics which are not commonly discussed in Japanese society for fear of governmental retaliation.
Although all 20 Indigenous band councils (elected leadership) have agreed to the project, there still remain many individuals and leaders who oppose the project - in particular, the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and the Unist'ot'en camp, which have faced brutal force from the RCMP in the past, as well as injustices in judicial cases around Indigenous territory and sovereignty.
Catalyst contacted Olivia Bizot to discuss her upcoming article “The Victims, the Villains, the Voiceless: An Examination of the British Media’s shifting Representations of Refugees During the 2015 Refugee Crisis” in the Spring 2019 edition of Chrysalis. Her article discusses the ways in which British media portrayed refugees during the refugee crisis.
Our team organized an interview with Xiying Xu to talk about her article “Butterfly (2004) and Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Collective Movements” which will be featured in the Spring 2019 edition of Chrysalis. In her article, she compares the movie Butterfly to Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy movements.
The Catalyst team met with Marie Lemieux to discuss her upcoming article “Mother of the World: Politics of Transnational Female Childcare Provider Immigration” in the upcoming Spring 2019 edition of Chrysalis. Her article explores the dynamics of transnational childcare providers and how the process can be both disempowering and empowering for the childcare providers.
Our team interviewed Hilliard Wolfe to discuss his article “The Decline of Manufacturing as a Proportion of GDP in South Africa, Contextualized and Explained” in the upcoming Spring 2019 edition of Chrysalis. In his article, Hilliard analyses the manufacturing industry in South Africa.