• A year in office

    January 20th 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. He was already known for his opposition to climate change after tweeting in 2012 that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make...
  • The problem with empowerment

    The field of international development is rife with buzzwords—consider terms like good governance or rights-based—these are terms that are invoked often but offer only a shallow description of the issue at hand. When the United Nations Development Program, for example, states that it promotes good governance, it is not...
  • Mind the gap

    It is one of the most enduring taboos of British society. From sex to swearing, decades of progressive liberalisations have given successive generations the social freedom to speak candidly and act expressively. But, curiously, money – and particularly the size of your pay packet – remains a closely guarded...
  • Tunisia’s LGBT+ community is pioneering in midst of political unrest

    As the people streamed into the Institut français in downtown Tunis to attend to the first queer film festival in Tunisia and the Maghreb their faces reflected everyone’s excitement and emotional turmoil. To have such an event take place in a country where homosexuality is still criminalized legally and...
  • Democracy under threat in the cyber era

    In the last decade cybersecurity has become a priority on the European Union’s agenda, following several online attacks during electoral periods. Democracy is now faced with a new threat that comes from the web.   Data released by the European Commission at the end of 2017 is significant: cyber...
  • Why Israel is turning its back on its own history

    In the dawn of the new year, the Israeli government ordered thousands of African refugees and migrants to leave the country within three months or face imprisonment. The statement came from the Population and Immigration Authority, which coordinates government units that deal with the regulation of the legal status...
  • We could end the plastic nightmare, here’s how

    Imagine yourself on a Canadian fishing vessel in the waters off New Brunswick on a cold November day. Now imagine your surprise, when in a crate of captured lobsters, you discover one with Pepsi’s logo tattooed on its claw. Ocean litter has reached massive proportions, with estimates of up...
  • #Newyearnewme – Is your health regime damaging the environment?

    This January 2018, as with every new year, the usual resolutions will be made, often focused on starting health regimes and diets. However, the impact of some of the most popular ‘healthy’ diets today aren’t all positive, particularly when considering the cost to the environment. The health and wellness...
  • Sexual violence prevention: mobile apps that target men?

    “There’s an app for that” is an expression you’ve probably heard. Owning a cellphone is almost ubiquitous in this day and age. Unfortunately, it’s also ubiquitous to know someone who has experienced sexual assault or harassment, wherever you are in the world and especially since the #metoo campaign went...
  • Think about your e-waste this Christmas

    During the holidays, many people around the world will receive brand new mobile, phones and laptops. Others may have taken advantage of the Boxing Day sales to buy new household items such as hoovers and washing machines. But what happens to the old phones, laptops and hoovers? The International...
  • Crackland Brazil

    Working through the Brazilian cracklands

    According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Brazil consumes 18% of the world’s cocaine, in spite of accounting for less than 2% of the world’s population. This puts Brazil in the 2nd position in the world ranking of cocaine consumption, just behind the US....
  • Nonviolent resistance to human rights violations

    In different parts of the world, human rights violations emerge on a daily basis, leading to forced displacements, refugees, genocides, deforestation of natural reserves, and a variety of social problems. Throughout history, the people affected by human rights violations have resisted these abuses in different ways, but most of...
  • Out of sight, out of mind: Rohingya to be moved to uninhabitable Island

    On 6 December 2017, the government of Bangladesh announced that they would move ahead with their plan to move Rohingya refugees off the mainland to remote islands. About 100,000 of over one million Rohingya refugees currently living in Bangladesh will be moved to the small island of Thengar Char,...
  • Severe Human Rights Violations in Libya

    In Libya, three rival governments compete for legitimacy and control over resources in the power vacuum of a “stateless country”, amidst the deterioration of the economy and the judicial system. The United Nations-backed, internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), which struggled in 2016 to assert itself in Tripoli,...
  • Agromafia: how Italy is turning migrants into slaves

    Supposedly, slavery was abolished centuries ago. But most recent statistics say that in Europe over 1 million people are slaves, victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and forced labour. Italy is one of the European countries, along with Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Romania where modern slavery labour conditions are...
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