• Safe activism: How to protect yourself while defending civil liberties in Iran

    United for Iran is an NGO that aims to defend human rights in Iran by increasing the awareness of civil society and engaging citizens through technology. Their project Safe Activism: Reducing the Risks and Impact of Arrest is an innovative attempt to secure the rights of political prisoners through...
  • How you can help children without volunteering in an orphanage

    Recently, Words in the Bucket (WIB) published an opinion piece, titled, “to stop the institutionalization of children, stop volunteering in orphanages.” This piece argued that the increase of foreigners wanting to volunteer with children in developing countries has led to an increase in orphanages and, subsequently, the number of...
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    The rise of environmental conflict

    November 6 marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, an issue which has been become increasingly more relevant since the day was declared in 2001. The day aims to raise awareness about the effect war has on...
  • UK immigration detention policy reveals Government contempt for human rights

    In September the UK Government faced criticism from human rights groups for failing to back a series of recommendations by the UN Human Rights Council. UN officials made a total of 229 recommendations on UK policy and law which aim to strengthen human rights outcomes, but the Government said...
  • The dirty secret behind your smartphone

    In September this year, millions of excited customers around the world queued up to get their hands on the new iPhone 8.  How many phones do you need? In a 2017 survey on consumer behaviour by researchers Martinho, Magalhães, and Pires from the Nova University of Lisbon, it was...
  • To stop the institutionalization of children, stop volunteering in orphanages

    A church in the Midwestern U.S. raises money for some of its members to travel to Uganda and volunteer with the orphanage they partner with. They show photos of church members with the children and the community lauds them for their good work. The church has raised over $200,000...
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    Brazil’s long-lasting prison massacre

    October 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Carandiru massacre in Brazil. On 2 October 1992, to control a prisoner riot, military police invaded São Paulo’s House of Detention, known as Carandiru, officially killing 111 prisoners. Twenty-five years on, the consequences of the Carandiru massacre continue to emerge, with...
  • Can the meat industry become more environmentally friendly?

    According to a 2009 study by environmental experts Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, 51 % global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, the practice of breeding animals for the production of animal products. The industry is responsible for the emission of methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide. The U.S....
  • The role of the oil market in the Kurdish referendum

    While Europe remains largely focused on the tension between the Spanish government and the Catalonia region after the greatly debated referendum that occurred on 1 October 2017, in the Middle East, another population is striving for independence. On 25 September 2017, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), under the leadership...
  • What is the EU Relocation Scheme and why does it exist?

    According to the Dublin Regulation (which first came into force in 1997 and was altered in 2003 and 2013), asylum seekers have to go through the process of applying for asylum in the first EU country they enter. While this may not have seemed such a bad idea in...
  • Overfishing causing food insecurity in Senegal, and it’s all about China

    This isn’t a competition small-scale fishermen are going to win on their own. In a study by Frontier in Marine Society, researchers have found China catches more fish in a week than Senegal does in a year....
  • It’s time that the concept of militarisation is held up to scrutiny

    Campaigning for disarmament so far has focused on nuclear weapons, with President Trump and Kim Jong-un’s recent public threats of war reigniting the public interest in the issue. But while just nine countries in the world have nuclear weapons, the majority of the world’s countries have military forces, and...
  • Brexit migration

    The Brexit of the non-EU immigrants

    The crescent inflow of immigrants into the UK was one of the main points of debate, even before the Brexit discussion started. Eventually disguising to contain economic and political reasons, the immigration issue certainly played a key role on the referendum which decided for UK’s exit from the European...
  • Deaths in the uncontacted frontier

    On September 8th, 2017, the Brazilian government confirmed the killing of indigenous people, members of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon. Tribe members were reported to have been killed by illegal gold miners – the exact number of victims and any details about their deaths have not been released...
  • The diseases of the future

    “The warming of the planet will be gradual but the frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as intense storms, heat waves, droughts and floods could be abrupt – the consequences for health will be dramatic’ – World Health Organisation.   In just eleven days, last month, hurricane...