Super Bowl XLIX — New England Patriots v Seattle Seahawks. Christian Petersen/Getty Images Sport. February, 2015

Spring tends to be a sports fan’s favourite time of the year. There are a few weeks when between March Madness, the Master’s, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the beginning of baseball season there’s no shortage of excitement and game day betting. This year however, the entire sports world has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NHL and NBA created respective “bubbles” to isolate and protect their players, with varying degrees of success. …

Rahaf Mohammed addresses the media at a press conference. January 15,2019. Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images

One of the biggest news stories of 2019 so far has undoubtedly been the journey of Rahaf Mohammed. International media and the Canadian government alike have presented Mohammed’s story as evidence of Canada’s long-standing support for women and refugees. But is there more to Rahaf Mohammed’s story than meets the eye? It is my opinion that the portrayal of Rahaf Mohammed in the media and Canada’s response to her refugee claim is indicative of broader challenges in the current refugee regime.

How did this all begin?

Rahaf Mohammed, who recently dropped her family name of Alqunun, captured international attention when, in an attempt to flee…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking at the UN General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 20, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been working to advance Canada’s international reputation since his election. In October 2015, Trudeau proclaimed that “Canada is back,” a statement that seemed to promise a future of Canadian forward thinking and constructive foreign policy. In December of the same year, Trudeau addressed the Paris Climate Change Conference and argued that Canada was “ready to do more” internationally. The desire to increase Canada’s global influence and reputation has culminated in the country’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC). But what are the broader implications of Canada’s (and some might argue…

LIBERIA, 2015/09. Monrovia. © Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

In early February 2018, several prominent humanitarian aid and development organisations were embroiled in sexual abuse scandals. The Times of London first reported that Oxfam GB had covered up accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse, including the use of prostitutes, by 7 of its former aid workers deployed in Haiti during the response to the 2010 earthquake. Similar stories later emerged from prominent organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors without Borders (MSF), who fired 19 staff in 2017 for sexual harassment or abuse, and Save the Children, who reported 31 cases of sexual misconduct between April 2016 and March 2017.

Haley Jones

Human rights advocate, international politics nerd. Taking a closer look at international development and humanitarian aid, and challenging the status quo.

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