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June 6, 2017

In April, the Russian independent daily newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 gay men had been abducted in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, as part of a coordinated campaign. Since then testimonies from survivors have been released by Human Rights Watch, which detail extreme torture and being forced to name other gay […]

June 6, 2017

There have been numerous high profile cases going through the New Zealand courts this past month. New Zealand gained international attention after John Oliver reported on the highly ridiculous Eminem v The New Zealand National Party. There’s also been Andrew Little v Lani and Earl Hagerman, in which Little was sued for defamation after statements […]

May 22, 2017

Labour and Māori Recently there has been criticism and counter-criticism over Labour’s relationship with Māori voters. Electorate seats, education, prison rates, and historic land disputes are all issues dogging Labour in what looks to become one of the major themes in their run up to the 2017 election. At the centre of the discussion is […]

May 15, 2017

Lyndy McIntyre is the Living Wage Movement’s coordinator at VUW. On the eve of the Living Wage Day that took place on May 10 in the Hub, Lyndy sat down with Salient and discussed why the university should implement the wage and what it would mean for low-paid staff and students.   To start off, […]

May 15, 2017

Over 200 students and staff attended the Living Wage Day event in the Hub on May 10.

May 8, 2017

Brazil experienced severe unrest on April 28 as millions of workers went on strike to protest harsh austerity measures proposed by President Michel Temer. All 27 states experienced strikes, which included workers employed as teachers, bank clerks, bus drivers, and auto production staff. The strikes quickly turned into violent clashes between protesters and police, with […]

May 1, 2017

The New Zealand government has announced a $2 billion settlement for care workers, after a lengthy court case led by aged-care worker Kristine Bartlett. Bartlett argued that the sector’s low wages were due to it being a female dominated industry, and were in conflict with the Equal Pay Act.

April 10, 2017

A breakthrough in male contraception has emerged from a university startup in rural India. The procedure, which boasts 98% effectiveness, involves injecting a polymer gel into the testicles which damages sperm through a positive charge. The procedure was invented by Sujoy Guha, a 76-year old Indian biomedical engineer. It is reversible and has no known […]

April 3, 2017

More than 48 protesters and journalists from Belarus were detained last week during protests over a new tax on unemployment. A government ban on protests saw some receiving sentences of up to 15 days in administrative detention, and at least eight journalists are still detained at time of print. The new, so-called “social parasite” tax […]