Culture

Let the Games Begin… Somewhere Else

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro (Picture: Agência Brasil, Wikimedia Commons)

Seven years from now, the youth of the world will assemble for the games of the thirty-third Olympiad, at a venue to be decided in September of this year. But the bidding process for the 2024 games has played host to controversy from the start, as political wrangling and popular …

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The Rainbow Flag – A Historical Symbol for Equality

“People aren’t just one thing, they’re not just gay, or not just transsexual, everyone can be a mixture of things.” These are the words from artist and activist Gilbert Baker, the person behind the creation of the rainbow flag. Today, this flag represents the LGBT community which is now celebrated …

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Where Girls Run the World – Matriarchy as a Reaction

There are few women in the world who do not recognise and adapt to patriarchal structures in their society. As far as we have come in the fight for equality and women’s rights, most still live in a man’s world. However, there are places where women have the power, both …

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The Whanganui River and Indigenous Property Rights

Ever since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Tiriti o Waitangi) in 1840, it has been plagued by controversy. From alleged differences in the English and Māori versions, to the land grabbing that followed, and, lastly, the treaty settlement process in the 20th century, the controversy has by no means …

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Refugees (un)welcome: Russia no safe haven for Syrians

As the war in Syria has been going on since 2011 there has been a big increase of migration in the world. Since Russia increased their support for the Syrian regime and began the air strikes in 2015  they have played a major role in the Syrian conflict. As Syrian …

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“Plurality is a resource, not a weakness” – an interview with Father Jacques Mourad

Since 2011 over half a million Christians have fled Syria as a result of the Civil War and the rise of the Islamic State. The Syrian priest, Father Jacques Mourad, was one of them; after his unique experience with IS, he remains determined to continue working towards a dialogue between …

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A Presidential Candidate of One’s Own: Ethnic Block Votes in Kenya

Like many others, the Kenyan election is usually not well-covered in international media, which is a pity since it has many interesting components. On top of the constant rumors of corruption and a current president charged with crimes against humanity, there is also an interesting voting system in place. Most likely, ethnic …

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Guns Don’t Kill People: The Case of Switzerland

When a disgruntled gun owner opened fire inside a regional parliament in 2001, it was the first mass shooting in Switzerland’s modern history. Fourteen people were killed, and another fourteen injured, all with standard issue weapons kept by many Swiss people at home. Despite the overall high gun ownership in …

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How to Talk About Islam

This article is a part of The Perspective’s Open Mind Theme week. The aim of this week is to broaden perspectives and reveal new angles of subjects you may have thought were crystal clear. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of The Perspective or the Association of Foreign Affairs …

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Gambling in Japan: Has Abe Gone Too Far?

Everyone travelling to Japan knows it: Pachinko (パチンコ). In the loud, well-lit halls dozens of people gamble, throwing steel balls into slot machines. The steel balls make a clicking sound (sounding like ‘Pachinko’ – explaining the name), and together the multiple rows of machines make a deafening noise. Still, the …

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