Finnish Elections Test Public Support for Welfare Reform after Center-Right Government Resigns

By Katya Pollock (PO ’21) On March 8th, Finland’s center-right coalition government, led by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, resigned after failing to pass a promised reform of healthcare programs. A dramatic rise in the population’s old-age dependency ratio and recession-level labor force participation rates have tightened financial pressure on the country’s healthcare, pension, child-care, and…

Political Interference Threatens Limited Right to Abortion in Argentina

By Katya Pollock (PO’21) Last month, an 11-year-old in Argentina underwent a procedure similar to a caesarian section after officials in the northwestern province of Tucumán obstructed her right to a legal interruption of pregnancy (ILE). The girl, addressed using the pseudonym Lucía, had allegedly been raped by her grandmother’s 65-year-old partner. The case comes…

The Dark Underbelly of Corporate Philanthropy

By Katya Pollock (PO’21) At the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland this January, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman shocked fellow panelists and audience members with his harsh criticism of philanthropic efforts to address inequality. Berman lambasted the global corporate elite for initiating “stupid philanthropy schemes” which, he argues, serve only to distract from the rich’s…

Community College Admissions at 5Cs: Tensions between Holistic Review and Campus Diversity

By Katya Pollock (PO’21) In July 2018, 36 independent California colleges and universities signed an agreement to guarantee admission for California community college students who have completed at least 60 semester units in an eligible major. The agreement, called the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Commitment, aims to reduce uncertainty for students entering community colleges who…

Involuntary Sterilizations of Indigenous Women in Canada Prompt Condemnation by UN Committee on Torture

By Katya Pollock (PO ’21) The UN Committee on Torture published a report this Friday urging the Canadian government to launch an investigation into the involuntary sterilization of Indigenous women and girls. The report follows the filing of a class-action lawsuit representing 100 Indigenous Canadian women who allege that they were coerced or forced to…