Mr Al-Sisi, we need to talk about human rights

Since taking power in 2013, the president of Egypt, Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi has been criticised for violent repressions of oppositions and of minorities. Despite the protests of human rights organizations, he continues to seem untouchable. Egypt has been exposed to multiple political changes since the Revolution began in Tahrir Square …

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Trumping reality: How the resistance movement is paving a brighter path

For many, the days after the 2016 US presidential election were spent mourning what was lost, and dreading what lay ahead. Yet, despite a general worldwide despair over Trump’s unexpected win, not all the consequences of this victory are discouraging. It has spurred a nationwide political uproar against Trump’s rhetoric …

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If Mark Zuckerberg runs for president in 2020, what would it mean for Facebook?

Donald Trump’s current approval ratings are lower at this stage in the presidency than any other President in the last forty years. Emboldened by this perceived vulnerability, candidates are already beginning to position themselves in what is expected to be a crowded field to contest the Democratic Party nomination; a …

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Ireland’s youth are leading the battle towards legalizing abortion

Abortion is one of the most controversial, divisive issues Ireland has ever had to face. 34 years ago, Irish citizens voted to amend their constitution to give an unborn child the same right to life as a pregnant woman, banning abortion. Ireland, once an extremely catholic, conservative country, has evolved …

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The Invisible Children of Central America

Many may know of the problem with unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Fewer know that the problem is even bigger in the southern boarders of Mexico where many children begin their journey north, towards the U.S. By their means of transport, often on the roofs of cargo …

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Trolling ISIS: The West Battling Jihad on Social Media

Social media propaganda. Source: birgerking, Flickr CC The breakthrough of social media has given different actors the ability to communicate their message to an immense audience in a matter of seconds. It has provided individuals and organizations with the ability to spread ideas, mobilize supporters, and perhaps even start revolutions. …

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The Right to Play for Development

Kids playing basketball in Farah, Afghanistan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

One of the most difficult tasks for international developers today is reaching the most vulnerable populations in the developing world who are often missed by typical outreach programs. This generally includes young women and children. According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to “to engage in play and recreational activities.” Since the convention, sports have become evermore popular as a tool in humanitarian outreach programs. However, it has taken nearly 90 years for sports to be taken seriously as a platform for development and even today several skeptics remain unconvinced about the impact of sports on development.

by Sofia Murad

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No Pain, No Spain?

Catalonian Bank vandalized with placates stating that the economic situation is the banks' fault. Photo: Linn AnderssonWhen people from the richer, northern parts of Europe complain about problematic situations in Spain, Spanish residents retort “Well, at least we have sun and you don't”. However, the warm sun neither feeds the unemployed Spaniards nor solves the issue of the Spanish recession, but for some reason it seems to have a calming affect on the Spanish people, an assurance that things will turn out all right no matter what the rest of the world may argue.                                    


                                                        By Linn Andersson

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The Unwanted Legacy of Euro 2012

With only days to go until the first ball of Euro 2012 is kicked, the tournament’s hosts, Poland and Ukraine, are preparing to hold a major sporting event for the first time. From June 8 until July 1, their major cities will fill with enthusiastic supporters of Europe’s 16 best national football teams. There is little doubt that the host nations’ promise of a fantastic atmosphere and wonderful, lasting memories for visiting fans will be fulfilled. However, while both Poland and Ukraine will undoubtedly benefit from the massive influx of tourists, once the tournament’s final whistle blows on July 1 only one thing will remain: the tournament’s costs.

By: Sean Kearns

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Algeria’s Recent Elections: Plus ça change…

Algeria remains a country stagnated. In countries both to its east and west, radical developments have been taking place as a result of the Arab Spring. Libya managed to oust Gaddafi and his infamous regime.  Egypt was arguably the epicentre of the revolutionary movement that swept across North Africa and the Middle East. Tunisia successfully toppled a ruling family and is now on the smooth path to a functioning democracy. Morocco’s King Mohammed recently ceded some ground to an elected government. As for Algeria? Well, when Algeria went to the polls on May 10th to elect a new parliament, the question was raised once again: why did effectively nothing happen in North Africa’s largest country during the Arab Spring of 2011?

By: Brian Bolger

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