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Silencing Critics – The War on Media Freedom

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The future political direction of the United States seems to be one of the big discussion topics on everyone’s minds today. The superpower is currently undergoing major political changes under the rein of its new president, which have caused heated debates both within the US as well as internationally. One …

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The Human Cost of the Global Gag Rule

A few days into his presidency Donald Trump, like his Republican predecessors before him, reinstated the infamous Global Gag Rule. In its more than 30 years of on-and-off existence, this rule has severely affected organisations working with sexual and reproductive health services in countries all over the world. It was during …

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Noble Intentions with Devastating Consequences – The Aid Mission in Haiti

There is a general wish to help when the sorrows of natural disasters are broadcasted into our living rooms. When seeing pictures of individual suffering we recognize our privilege in feeling safe. We go out and support the institutions and NGOs there to help, and if time and money allow, …

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November Election Bonanza – 4 Non-American Elections You Don’t Want to Miss

Not getting enough news about the American election on November 8? Or are you perhaps tired of all the drama surrounding it? No matter your standpoint, here are four other presidential elections taking place in November that you shouldn’t miss. Palau First out on the election schedule is the island …

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4 Territorial Disputes you didn’t know about

The territorial conflict in the South China Sea has shown the world how tensions still arise over unsettled border disputes. Whilst conflicts between some of the world’s powerful nations receive lots of attention, they are far from the only territorial conflicts out there. Here are some frightening, surprising and bizarre …

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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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Politics of Public Space – the Transformation of Bogotá

During the first half of the 1990’s, the Colombian capital, Bogotá, had the reputation of being ‘the worst city in Latin America’. In the aftermath of the 1980’s fights between governments and drug cartels, the overall situation of the country was critical. The situation in Bogotá was a reflection of …

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When Football led to War

On the 26th of March, El Salvador will welcome Honduras to Estadio Cuscatlán for a football qualifier, which both sides hope eventually will lead to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The neighbouring countries have faced off against each other 60 times in the past, but three games in 1969 …

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A collapsing Venezuelan economy on its way into the abyss

Masses of people waiting outside of state-owned supermarkets have become a common sight in Venezuela in the past year. The shortage of basic foods make Venezuelans spend entire nights outside grocery stores in the hopes of getting hold of some rice, milk, canned food or whatever might be offered that …

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Is it Time for Peace with Colombia’s Newfound Optimism?

From the ‘La Uribe Agreements’ in 1982, to the empty chair at ‘El Caguán’ in 1999 and most recently the hand shake in Havana, there has been 30 years of fruitless peace talks in Colombia. But on September 24th Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos and FARC’s (Revolutionary Armed Forces of …

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