politics

  • Preserving the peace in Macedonia

    On 27th April 2017, around 200 Macedonian protesters broke through a police cordon and rushed into the parliament, using violence against the Members of the Parliament in dissatisfaction with the election of Talat Xhaferi, an ethnic Albanian, as speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. Among the...
  • 6 years of suffering

    As diplomacy is stalled, the humanitarian needs are huge. The death toll is approaching 500,000. 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 5.7 million are facing acute needs due to multiple risks to which they are exposed. Furthermore, half of the Syrian population has been...
  • Have we forgotten about Eastern Ukraine?

    At the Minsk Summit, on the 11th of February 2015, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France agreed to an immediate and full ceasefire in the Ukrainian districts of Donetsk and Luhansk and its fulfillment as of midnight, on the 15th of February 2015. A complete pull-out of...
  • Against enemy culture

    When I met Maria Hadjipavlou – a pioneering activist and well-known expert on conflict resolution and gender issues – one Wednesday around the end of February, we met in the buffer zone and the negotiations between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots just had been stalled – again. I had...
  • Is there hope for Afghanistan?

    Is there hope for Afghanistan? This is a question that has been asked innumerable times in the past 40 years: during Afghanistan’s war with the Soviet Union in the 1980s, during the Civil War from 1996 to 2001, during the NATO intervention, and more recently, with the increasing aggravation...
  • O fim do mundo

    Brazil enters 2017 facing a societal crisis. 60 people recently died in Manaus in the amazon region, in one of the biggest prison massacres of its history. Unfortunately, this bloodbath is just an additional, albeit shocking, example of the weaknesses and failures of the state, as the horrific conditions of...
  • Politik Kills – Manu Chao

    José Manuel Arturo Tomás Chao Ortega, known as singer and songwriter Manu Chao, was born in France in 1961 from Spanish parents who were forced to leave their origin country to escape the fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Chao grew up in the suburbs of Paris, in a house often visited...
  • Obama’s targeted killing legacy

    Eight years ago, Barack Obama was elected as president on the back of a campaign driven by the principle of change. Obama positioned himself as the antithesis to George Bush. In particular, he stressed the need for changes to the war on terror; vehemently objecting to the illegality and...
  • Brazil to start all over again

    Rio’s 2016 Olympics finished on August 21st. Ten days later, Brazil’s former president Dilma Rousseff was impeached. The event, which a large portion of the population thought symbolized the entry of the country into the hall of developed nations, was merely the end of one more of its political...
  • Uncertainty in Turkey

    Following the attempted military coup in Turkey on July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue to rule the Turkish government under a crumbling guise of conservative democracy. In reality, Erdoğan has gradually positioned himself as an autocratic ruler and his policies have increasingly...
  • Madman’s Rant – David Rudder

    The Caribbean is well-known for its infectious music. Whether it’s the vibrant clinking of a bottle and spoon, the dramatic beat of the tassa drum, the calming strum of the erhu violin, or the thunderous vibration of the steelpan, music is synonymous of a Caribbean experience. The diversity of...
  • When two elephants fight each other

    Original article here   When two elephants fight each other, the first victims are the bushes and the small animals that accidentally get in their way. Similarly, when two or more superpowers, or ”elephants”, fight with their own self-interest in mind, it is the innocent people who are the...
  • The Political Conundrum

    Since their discovery in the 1700s followed by their subsequent mining in the 1800s, fossil fuels have been at the heart of mechanization and industrialization. As research has proved, these environmentally unfriendly fuels have been the biggest negative accelerants of climate change and, as such, the world’s focus today...
  • The Politics of Love

    Historically, women’s movements around the world have been speaking out against patriarchal structures and systems rooted in machismo– the concept that masculine characteristics are superior to feminine ones. In Spain, the cultural pervasion of machismo has had negative implications for violence against women. Though gender rights and roles have progressed considerably, the...
  • The Stalemate: Precarious Peace in Mozambique

    Mozambique is back in the news, and has been for the last couple of months, but unfortunately not in the most positive way. Recently, the news coming out of Mozambique has been rather concerning and hints at an intensification of the simmering conflict between the government and the opposition....
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