• A successful integration

    While much media attention is on Libya as a country of transit for migrants and refugees, a stepping stone on the way to Europe; there seems to be little focus on displaced Libyans themselves. The descent into chaos of this desert land has forced many of its citizens into...
  • UNMISS SRSG briefing the Security Council on the current situation in South Sudan. Source: UNMISS

    Is peace possible in South Sudan?

    The crisis in South Sudan is now daily in the news. The extensive media reporting on the human suffering and the tireless efforts of NGOs, the UN and other humanitarian agencies to help captures for the world the dire situation. But what is the cause of this deepening crisis...
  • Power, security, and due process

    Other than marking the commencement of his 4-year term, the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States signaled changes to the United States’ criminal justice response to terrorism, emphasizing security, and not due process. The nascence of Trump’s contentious politics intervenes in logics with...
  • Not for their sake

    On the 6th Of April 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that he had ordered a targeted military strike on an airfield in Syria. The strike is said to be a response to the chemical attack which had been allegedly launched by the Syrian Government a few days before...
  • Joint democracy

    The Tunisian National Security Council, convoked by Tunisian president Béji Caid Essebsi in Carthage on 15th March 2017, talked about terrorism and national security, but also about joints. Indeed, the agenda of the meeting included the reform of Law 52, a law that imposes a minimum mandatory sentence of...
  • What if we tackled poverty differently?

    What sort of a society would you like to live in if you knew nothing about where you would end up? Picture yourself in an aware state before your birth but without any knowledge about what circumstances you were going to be born into: which neighbourhood you will live...
  • 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...
  • Can I be a feminist and still go to Iran?

    Two events of particular importance took place last week: the opening of the Women’s World Chess Championship and an official visit by Swedish EU Affairs and Trade Minister Ann Linde leading a business delegation in  Tehran. Both events have reignited the debate about how self-proclaimed feminists should engage with...
  • Dear Prime Minister

    In my review of 2016 for WiB I concluded that ‘We shouldn’t be holding our breath to see what happens in 2017, we need to fight side-by-side building upon existing struggles and as Antonio Gramsci suggests, be pessimistic in our thinking, optimistic in our wills and never afraid to stand...
  • My reading against Trump

    Following Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, George Orwell’s classic 1984 has skyrocketed to the top of many best-seller lists. The theory and fiction included in this reading list may shed some light on how the U.S. arrived at this point, how we can understand the divisive state of US...
  • Aid: the new frontier in the fight for justice

    For decades the West’s policy in fighting global poverty has been exemplified by Bob Geldof’s immortal words: “give us the money”. Millions of people heard this call from gigs around the world, organised to raise funds for an ongoing Ethiopian famine which had impregnated and planted itself in the...
  • Another ethnic conflict

    Ethiopia is made up of numerous ethnic groups who share common characteristics. Despite the commonness, ethnic cleavages have often escalated into hostilities and some of them have led into fully fledged wars. Ethiopia has over 80 different ethnic groups. Most people in Ethiopia speak Afro-Asiatic languages, mainly of the...
  • The corruption inside capitalism

    “There is enough in the world for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.” — Frank Buchman EIGHT individuals now have wealth equal to that of 3.6 Billion other human beings, 50% of the world’s population. Reading Oxfam’s recent report on global wealth was nauseating. In 2016, 1% of...
  • 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...
  • Lessons for Africa

    Jubilation and ululation gripped Banjul after an election held in a tiny Western African nation called The Gambia on 1 December 2016 led to the defeat of a long time military dictator. Women, men, the elderly, the young, teemed the streets of Banjul defacing the portraits of Jammeh, some...