America in 2020: Interview with Dr. Polak

A few weeks ago BAISmag asked the student body if they had any questions about the current situation in the United States for the interviewee Sara Polak. This is the resulting interview. What is the scale of the current Black Lives Matter movement, in comparison to other previous equality movements? That’s a difficult question to…

Hong Kong in 2020

Due to the developing events in Hong Kong, BAISmag reached out to interview Gina van Ling, to gain a better understanding of the developing situation.  1. The Hong Kong protests originally started in 2019 due to the proposition of an extradition bill. Now, in 2020, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has passed a new…

Our Collective Overreaction to COVID-19, And Its Effects on the Global Poor

by Dr. Jeffrey Fynn-Paul I am very aware that COVID has caused half a million deaths at the time of writing.  The following piece does not in any way belittle that. But any good policy must start by separating the personal from the general. My purpose in writing this piece is to help us create…

Ukraine’s Frozen Conflict

By Ričards Alans Miezītis / Photos by Elsa Court This April will mark the fourth year of hostilities in the eastern regions of Ukraine. February and March of 2014 saw the conclusion of the Ukrainian revolution and the beginning of unrest in the predominantly Russian-speaking areas of the country. What have been the recent territorial…

Nationalism, nationality, and ethnicity: a better world without them?

By  Tim Jan Rozendaal Today, it is commonplace to make sense of the world in terms of nation states and corresponding ethnic groupings. Usually, when I start a conversation with someone who does not speak Dutch, the where are you from-question is unavoidable. When someone asks me about my nationality, I usually answer that I…