• Brazil: Mired in Venezuela’s crisis

    In February 2018, the government of the northern Brazilian state of Roraima required the country’s supreme court to close the border with Venezuela to prevent more immigrants from entering into Roraima. According to the municipal authorities of Boa Vista, Roraima’s capital, there were already approximately 40,000...
  • Philippines shuts down Boracay island: all for a casino?

    On the 9th of February 2018, during a conference held in Davao City, the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte threatened to close the country’s most sought out destination island of Boracay due to environmental concerns. Whilst it’s inhabitants we’re kept in limbo – a spokesman...
  • How will Ethiopia it find its next leader?

    At the end of the men’s marathon race at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the second-place finisher trotted across the finish-line, sweats streaming down his face, and solemnly raised his hand to form a cross above his head. The gesture was lost on many of the...
  • “For no longer than necessary”: the issue of immigration detention in the UK

    The UK is the only member of the European Union that has indefinite immigration detention. Only until September, 2017 had seen over 27,000 people put into detention centres under the government’s new migration policies, according to the Amnesty International. Nonetheless, last week, Home Office minister Brandon...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Freedom of speech in Turkey has been imprisoned

    Since July 2016, when a section of the Turkish military led a coup attempt to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the state of emergency in Turkey has repeatedly been extended. This constant state of emergency has allowed the President and his administration to take decisions and act...
  • ‘Leave no one behind’ campaign leaves men behind

    “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them” Margaret Atwood   On November 25, 1960, Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal, three courageous women who opposed the staunch dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic were...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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),...
  • 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...
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