• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Does the international community have a responsibility to protect?

    Forgotten Conflicts Not once or twice, individual states and the international community as a whole has failed to react against serious violations of human rights, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Today, there are an immense number of conflicts, some well-covered and others – ‘forgotten’,...
  • A witch-hunt in Cameroon

    In 2015, François Delattre, President of the Security Council of the United Nations, qualified Boko Haram as a threat to international peace and security.  In 2017, this is still the case. A threat to international peace The terrorist organization, originating from Nigeria, still threatens international peace and jeopardizes the...
  • An unending cycle of violence

    The conflict between the Republic of Turkey and the Kurdish ethnic group in Turkey entered its third phase during the siege of Kobane in 2014. The Turkish government prevented the Kurds in Turkey from sending support to their militants who were fighting in Syria against ISIL at that time. This...
  • The intellectuals of Yemen

    Art, culture, and civil society are aspects playing a part in the Yemeni conflict that are being overlooked in mainstream media. Just in June of this year, a new Yemeni media initiative emerged focusing on Yemeni art, culture, and civil society, and their role in building bridges within the...
  • The refugee crisis you don’t know about

    In the last couple of years, the world’s attention has focused on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, with far reaching political consequences. Yet, at the other side of the ocean, in the heart of the Americas, another refugee crisis has been slowly unfolding for years....
  • Migrant crisis: time for Europe to change tactics

    Europe’s migrant crisis was defined the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. The number of arrivals on Europe’s shores is kept up-to-date daily and European leaders’ statements resound on television, while on the screens flow images of migrants’ faces...
  • The call of Yemen and the deafness of the world

    The conflict in Yemen is complex because on the one hand, it involves political, social, humanitarian, military and cultural issues that directly and violently affect civil society. On the other hand, the diversity of actors that are part of the conflict have antagonistic interests, as well as shifting ones,...
  • The added value of ethical reflection in policymaking in Poland

    In July 2017, the ruling party of Poland, the Law and Justice Party (PiS), tried to concentrate powers, effectively violating constitutional order, by promoting three controversial pieces of legislation. The first one would have granted the Minister of Justice power over the members of the Supreme Court, including the...
  • The return of the American spectacle of war

    On April 13 the United States dropped the largest conventional bomb it has ever used in combat on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan. The next day a Fox and Friends segment opened with footage from the military strike accompanied by Toby Kieth’s pro-US military anthem ‘Courtesy of the...
  • Where the Paris Agreement falls short

    On 1 June 2017, in the White House Rose Garden, US President Donald Trump decided to follow through on one of his campaign promises by announcing his decision to withdraw the US of the Paris Climate agreement. The central aim of the agreement is to strengthen the global response...
  • Climate change: the tyranny of today over tomorrow

    On 1 June 2017, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, struck at the heart of humankind by withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Per his argument, the Accord was “unfair at the highest level to the United States” and will inflict a “major economic...
  • Enough is enough

    As Britain responds to its third terrorist attack in as many months, UK Prime Minister Teresa May has declared that “enough is enough”. Speaking after the London Bridge attack she presented a four-point action plan for preventing future attacks. She called for a battle of ideology to countenance the...