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The world post-Covid19: redeemed or demolished?

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The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the course of our habits. In a few months, the norms have changed and new rules were established to ensure our well being. For what cost? Where are we heading to? What should our next move be to reestablish communication and social interaction?

The question that has been left unanswered; is this pandemic a call for leaders to change the course of action towards our environment and the welfare of all humanity or is it just another opportunity for countries to establish their authority?

Some nations are becoming sceptical about the post-cold war order of globalized markets and free trade, Italy is angry with the EU for not helping it enough during the early days of the pandemic, Serbia looked to China in the east for its aid and the US…. well, we know how that went down. The US decided to withdraw from the World Health Organization arguing that it’s too much under the Chinese influence.

As you may already know, most nations are looking to manufacture more in their territories rather than keeping it for low-wage labourers overseas. If Biden wins he might rebuild the US image as a world leader back to when it was before Trump. If Trump wins a second presidency that means more disengagement from worldwide affairs as the US guarantees its own energy’s sufficiency and we may see then China sneaking up and increasing its support and influence on international organizations with the United Nations being the big prize to win over.

But how about us now as individuals rather than nations you may ask. Well according to the IMF and World Bank, the worst case scenario may increase worldwide poverty to an unprecedented level. In fact, statistics have shown that at least a billion people would live in extreme poverty for such a scenario.

You, while reading this article, may be frightened by the numbers reported by worldwide institutions, but you may find it reassuring knowing that most of the economic fallout will affect South and East Asia as well as Subsaharan Africa. In Tunisia, numbers predict that the economic fallout will be serious but not as damaging as in low-cost manufacturing countries. But don’t think that we’re in the safe zone, if the exponential graph of positive cases keeps rising, our economy won’t be able to rebound. Thus, a disastrous outcome is waiting for low income families and small businesses.

People may neglect the usual health procedures later when the pandemic recedes. However, universities and workplaces are already looking forward to invest more on online courses and remote jobs meaning you can study or work while watching your favourite series in the safety of your home.

Well, whatever path the world is heading to, we can all agree that this year will be engraved in our memories for decades to come, and surely, this pandemic will be the start of a new era and the end of another one. This pandemic will reshape the world as we know it, for better or worse, that is another topic.

Stay safe and respect the sanitary precautions.

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The Cost of Beauty: Animal Testing?

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On April 6th 2021, a peculiar 3-minute-stop-motion video was posted on Youtube called « save Ralph ». At the outset and through its deceiving style, this animation was merely about a rabbit proudly discussing his occupation as a « Tester ». Underneath the faint laughs, deceiving smile and self-deluding promises, while seeking the faintest ray of self-fulfillment, Ralph sheds light on a more ruthless reality.

Up to the present time, worldwide famous make-up brands still opt for these cruel experiments with the obscene vindication of wanting to put together the optimal product for people. Whilst safer alternatives for the make-up industry exist, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still ardent to consider these ventures as a mandatory requirement for cosmetic products to be on the market.

The subjects of such horrid tests are rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and even larger animals like cats and dogs.

Once put through all sorts of unthinkable experiments the poor subjects are then disposed of and more animals are subsequently brought to be tortured. The seized animals undergo forceful chemicals tube feeding, blinding eye drops along with chemical injections that cause loss of motor function and not to mention their exposure to a variety of lethal fluids that cause irreversible damage as the fur that would naturally protect them got shaved…

Notwithstanding the European Union finally taking action in 2013 by banning animal testing, followed by India, Norway, and Iceland, this endless cycle of cruelty towards helpless souls kept going on in the US despite the tremendous effort animal advocates and organizations are putting into this matter.

Some worldwide companies such as NARS and Maybelline even went the extra step by funding laboratories abroad, particularly in China. By doing so, these firms are slithering their way out of any criticism or backlash they could face from people by not directly having a hand in animal testing.

On top of that, giant corporations like L’Oréal, M.A.C, Chanel, Burberry … are still conducting these unethical tests with no real intention of abandoning their practices.

For the sole purpose of helping the thousands if not millions of caged animals, the Humane Society International (HSI) unveiled the darkness lurking behind the beauty campaigns’ curtains and reminded the world of how crude and barbaric the pursuit of beauty and perfection truly is as it put Ralph through a vicious cycle of torture.

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