Gone with the war: exploitation of women in conflict

For most, it is a well-known fact that human trafficking is big business; after illegal drugs and arms trafficking, it is believed to be the third largest international criminal industry, generating approximately 32 billion USD in profit each year. The reasons for this industry are many: poverty, gender-based violence, inadequate …

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Mandatory Heterosexuality – The Only Alternative in Iran

Iran has for nearly four decades posed a particularly hostile environment towards its LGBT-identifying citizens, with little or no prospect of positive change regarding the rights of such individuals. The punishments for sexual acts between individuals of the same sex are severe, ranging from lashing or flogging, and including the …

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Smart drugs – a smart move for society?

For many people, trying to keep energy and motivation levels high throughout the working day is hard. Many turn to substances such as coffee to help keeping them sharp. Although useful, these are not the only substances that are used in today’s hectic life. The need to perform better than …

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Putin Puts Out the Plans

For most ost people, the sudden disappearance of the Russian president Vladimir Putin was a mysterious happening, and speculations went viral. However, a small group of Russian hackers, named Kreml Killers, knew very well what was going on. The story has its start in 1980’s Berlin. Even though the wall …

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Botswana: The end of a success story?

Botswana is often praised for its political and economic stability, the multi-party democracy and good human rights records. This reputation is widely shared, by organisations like Freedom House and Transparency International, and even by foreign governments and international financial institutions. But events during last year’s election showed a gap between …

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Money behind bars – prisons and profiteering

Debates about the prison system usually revolve around its cost and occasionally, due to the likes of “Orange is the New Black or The Shawshank Redemption”, about inmates’ conditions. The result is a mix between limited media coverage and what Hollywood wants to show. But perhaps there are other aspects …

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Referendum in Slovakia – Is Gay Marriage a Red Herring?

In February 2015, Slovakia held a referendum against gay marriage with a record low turnout. Is the Slovak population so indifferent about human rights? Or does it rather have to do with political tactics? The discussion on gay rights might simply be a red herring to obscure other social and …

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Where is Central Asia? A strategic grey-zone lost to the world

Central Asia has been the source of strategy and conflict for thousands of years. The region has been a backdrop for some of the most important trade routes in the world, most notably the Silk Road. It has been coveted by both regional and international powers, among them the Persian …

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Trapped Asylum Seekers in Europe: The Dublin Regulation

There is a large number of asylum seekers and refugees who are attempting to find a better life in Europe. They are often middle-class, well-educated people fleeing conflict or persecution in their home countries and are looking for refuge because their own countries have become unliveable. After spending their savings …

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Colombia peace talks: is an end in sight of the longstanding FARC conflict?

Since the mid-1960s, Colombia has been suffering from an ongoing conflict which has made a large impact on the civil community in the country. Different political ideologies separate Colombia and the way of implicating these ideologies has been through violence for many years. However, by the end of 2012, peace …

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