Opinion

Will Burma’s Democracy Last?

Will Burma’s Democracy Last?

The National League for Democracy Party won a landslide victory in November 2015’s general elections, heralding Burma’s plea for democracy. Burma developed from British colonial rule with a limited foundation of parliamentary democracy, but like many post-colonial countries, it was unable to consolidate pre-colonial institutions into a democracy. The country’s complex multi-ethnic society contributed to difficulties […]

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Reflecting a Broken European Humanitarianism: The Danish Government’s Disregard of Basic Refugee Rights

Reflecting a Broken European Humanitarianism: The Danish Government’s Disregard of Basic Refugee Rights

It has been rare that Denmark – the well-off Scandinavian country with particularly high standards of living and an overall very good human rights record – has been condemned for questionable human rights practices. Yet presently, the country’s treatment of asylum seekers is bordering on inhumane. The government is violating the rights of refugees as […]

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Iranian Women and the Culture of Saving Third World Women

Iranian Women and the Culture of Saving Third World Women

Women’s rights have become the pinnacle of the western/eastern debate in the last decade or so. Feminists, their allies, and even those opposed to the gender equality movement, have become entrenched in this dichotomic narrative that seeks to uplift western women while delegitimizing the developments women in the east have accomplished. White feminism and white […]

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Europe’s ‘Other’ Refugee Crisis: Afghan Refugees Once Ignored, Now Discriminated

Europe’s ‘Other’ Refugee Crisis: Afghan Refugees Once Ignored, Now Discriminated

Increasing discrimination against Afghan refugees in Europe reveals a disturbing double standard in its asylum system, where governments can contravene international provisions of asylum and grant sanctuary based on an applicant’s nationality. Behind this lies the obvious reality of skyrocketing xenophobia, but there is another worrisome factor at play: whatever their interests may be, European […]

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Children of the Cybersex Dens

Children of the Cybersex Dens

Cybersex dens have increasingly taken root in the Philippines where poverty, cheap labor and an ever expanding cyber-network have led to the sexual abuse of children. It is estimated that thousands of young Filipino boys and girls are being abused by foreign men via web-cameras. According to the UN and FBI, there are up to […]

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Colombia’s Peace Talks: Where the State Stands and What Can Be Done to Ensure the Survival of Marginalized Victims

Colombia’s Peace Talks: Where the State Stands and What Can Be Done to Ensure the Survival of Marginalized Victims

Peace talks regarding Colombia’s decades-old civil conflict are expected to conclude next month with an agreement between the Colombian state and rebel groups. While these peace talks are being finalized, Colombia is dealing with various human rights abuses committed by both guerrilla and paramilitary groups. Since September 2015, 220,000 people have been misplaced or killed […]

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The Forgotten Refugees

The Forgotten Refugees

As the global refugee crisis has become evermore politicized, we have turned a blind eye to the realities of the men, women, and children, stuck in impromptu refugee camps throughout the world. While the United Kingdom pays considerable sums to keep the refugees in Calais at bay, Australia has conceived a unique and highly criticized […]

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Institutions and the Occupation

Institutions and the Occupation

One year ago the world watched Jerusalem as an ‘intifada of individuals’ brought violence once again to urban areas of Israel/Palestine. Then, unlike now, the world took it as a matter of reassurance when the Palestinian National Authority’s (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, publicly denounced the possibility of a third intifada. However, despite Mr. Abbas’s increasingly […]

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