In this section, you can see opinion papers on the social, political, and economic issues. The name is derived from the rollcall presence of the delegates in Model UN, where delegates openly state that they are not willing to abstain.

  • Coronavirus and Airlines

    Şebnem YAREN & Kaan ERTAN


    Since its outbreak in March 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives in more ways than we have imagined. Unfortunately, it is still going strong and infecting more people as we speak. One of the many ways that the virus halted our lives is the limited traveling. People had to limit, if not cancel most of their traveling plans to stay safe and healthy.

  • The Debate Behind Cultural Appropriation

    Didem ÖZÇAKIR


    Recently Ateez, a Kpop band, released a new album, ZERO: FEVER. For this new album, they created a poll for their fans to choose the title track of it. Two songs were the nominees: Thanxx and Inception. In the music video trailers of Thanxx, the lead singer of the band wears cornrows, a hairstyle that is generally associated with African Americans.

  • The Rising Aggressivity of Conservatism: A Story of Resurgence

    Boran GÖHER


    As the world faced unseen horror through the hands of the Axis powers in World War 2, disdain towards the far-right ideologies of the Axis became commonplace among both the common populace and influential political actors. At the time the war was nearing its end, countless people on both sides had fostered a newfound disgust for those ideologies.

  • Sexism and Gender-Based Crimes:
    With A Special Focus on Women’s Struggles

    Şebnem YAREN


    Today’s day and age have many celebratory elements to it. It consists of humankind’s massive contributions to the world and the universe we live in to learn more about it, as well as to preserve and cherish it. However, these constant positive and uplifting developments do not cover-up the inhumane, unethical, unjust, and unscrupulous acts we, unfortunately, do to each other and to the world.

  • Politics Are Healing: Approving the Successful and Disapproving the Failed

    Hülya AFAT


    In an ideal political landscape, politicians represent and serve the public. So, when they fail their mission of providing welfare and peace, the public is supposed to vote them out. This statement assumes the individuals are rational, they are aware of their own benefits, and they act according to their benefits.

  • A Threat to Economic Growth: Declining Birth Rates

    Didem ÖZÇAKIR


    We are inclined to think that bigger populations cause complicate fast economic growth. However, this kind of approach ignores how dependent our production and consumption is to the size of the population. With decreasing birth rates in the developed nations, our economic system now faces a vast threat. For centuries, we have organized our economies in a way that depends on fast population growth. Statistics show that for the following decades this trend will have to change.

  • Sustainable Development During Coronavirus: The Time to Champion or Disclaim the SDGS

    Egemen BÜYÜKKAYA


    As of 2020, we had moved to a new decade in which the international community had high hopes for the world's sustainable future. And 2020 was marked as the beginning of a Decade of Action towards the Sustainable (1) Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Online Education: Effective or Harmful?

    Şebnem YAREN & İrem BIYIKLI


    Online education is a teaching method consisting of computerized lectures and assignments which began to popularize slowly, with the rapid spread of the Covid- 19 pandemic. Now, people are discussing whether this type of education can be used after the pandemic or not.

  • Role of Income Inequality in Rising Populism

    Didem ÖZÇAKIR


    Understanding the concept of income inequality is essential for understanding the recent political and economic trends throughout the world. It has been argued by scholars that income inequality is one of the leading factors why we observe a trend in the rise of populist leaders.

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