Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Giulia Valentina

Junior Labour writer

Solely focused on my art career at A-level, I was completely disassociated with the existence of politics, at home and at school. As the political and humanitarian crisis in my home country, Venezuela, worsened, I became absorbed by the situation and understanding the politics of corruption that was causing the biggest refugee crisis in the continent. At the Edinburgh fringe festival, a play about Bin Laden opened my eyes to the truth that every story has two sides, and that governments are rarely innocent. These moments of revelation made me replace fashion school for International Relations and Criminology at Exeter University

Through my activism with Amnesty International, I have become concerned with the ways politics affects human rights and the living standards of everyone- those in the UK but even more so, those hidden away in developing states. One major aspect of this being the way that liberal free market policies and liberal democracy have been enforced onto developing countries by the West in exchange for their development aid, and the way that this has caused exploitative monopolies and grievances. Following this, I have tried to understand international political situations from non-westerns perspective and historical roots.

I place myself centre-left, firmly believing that capitalism should not be above the state; governments have a duty to all humans; and public goods like education and health should (at least partially) be subsidised. But my political stance is not firm, I am still learning and will always look at all sides of the argument, to progress and find the best solutions, which is why I am excited to join POI.

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