Anas Adam tackles the Kafala system in Lebanon, the country’s sponsorship system for migrant domestic workers. He breaks down the system and its practices, arguing that it amounts to modern day slavery, enabling abuse and gross human rights violations. He concludes by considering change, addressing the responsibility of home countries, and examining the realities of reform at a time when Lebanon is on its last legs.
The West must find the seemingly elusive balance between punishment of Lukashenko and protection of the people. If possible, there is a chance for a democratic Belarus. But should the sanctions misfire, it is difficult to see things changing for most Belarussians
With four years having passed since the Grenfell Tower fire, the government continues to evade accountability for remediation and safety. Communities continue to resist this intransigence to ensure survival. Katie discusses this tale of state neglect and community resistance.
The US elections last year may have marked a historic moment for women in politics with Kamala Harris becoming the first woman to be elected vice president, but to Niamh the fight for gender equality in higher office is far from over. She argues that gender biases and leadership stereotypes continue to disadvantage women as “societal constructions of what it means to be ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ set the stage for political inequality”.
With farmers of India enraged at the BJP’s three proposed farm bills, Ayesha Gidda argues that that ‘the imposing of such statutes marks the beginning of the end of the mandi system and MSPs keeping farmers afloat’. Given the introduction of proposals potentially leaving more than 100 million farmers to fall victim to increasing corporatization, Ayesha delves further into some of the causes of one of the biggest protests of the last decade.
Whilst farmers fight cops in Delhi, tit-for-tat killings between the right and the left escalate in Kerala and Maoists stage an insurgency in Chhattisgarh. Sam Glasper suggests an intensified prolonged class struggle looks likely to grip India as millions go out on strike against the pro-corporate polices of the government. “A long history of class struggle encapsulates the Indian workers movement and its momentum is sure to become a problem for BJP Prime Minister, Narendra Modi”.