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Women left behind after revolution

A young girl by the sea in Alexandria waves an Egyptian flag during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. Photo: Mohamed Adel. wikimedia commonsWhen Egyptians went to Tahrir Square in late January 2011 it was not only a people’s revolution against the Mubarak regime, but also a women’s revolution. Both Muslim …

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“People are not after money anymore, they are after solutions”

Sahar El-Nadi. Photo: Leif Jansson Sahar El-Nadi, an internationally known Egyptian journalist with an impressive CV, is rushing into the lobby of Hotel Concordia. She smiles and is in a good mood, even though her schedule is hectic. She complains about the cold weather but emphasises how beautiful Lund is. …

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The Faces of Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko. Photo: Minirobot. flickrYulia Tymoshenko was the Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2005 and from 2007 to 2010. In October 2011, she was sentenced to seven years prison by a Ukrainian court. Everybody important in international politics has formed an opinion on the case – and on the character …

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“Being frustrated about inequality and injustice was not enough”

Cecilia Malmström. Photo: Hans Doverholm. wikicommons – Interview with Cecilia Malmström One year since the Arab spring the European Union is facing a great challenge in handling the stream of refugees trying to get across its borders. On Friday the 27th of January the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund …

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The Awakening of a New Iran?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo: Presidencia de la República del Ecuador. FlickrThere has been much controversy recently on the position of Iran in international relations. Potential nuclear war aside, many Iranian people are suffering in this moment. Therefore, as the new year begins and Iranian elections draw increasingly closer, it is a …

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Occupy Wall Street Calls for End to Corporate Personhood

Occupy Wall Street protesters. Photo: S51438.wikimedia commonA little over four months has passed since protesters began gathering in Zuccotti Park, New York in a movement now known globally as Occupy Wall Street (OWS). What began as just a few hundred people gathered in a park in lower Manhattan protesting against …

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Russian Protests no Threat to Putin

Moscow rally 10 December 2011, Bolotnaya Square. Photo: Bogomolov.PL. wikicommons Sparking some of the biggest protests in modern Russia, last year’s fraudulent parliamentary elections proved that the Russian peoples’ discontent can no longer be limited to the kitchen tables’ conversations. As expected, Putin’s United Russia won most seats in the …

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FEMEN: ‘COME, GET TOPLESS AND WIN’

THE FEMEN MOVEMENT PROTESTS. PHOTO: FEMEN WOMEN’S MOVEMENT. WIKIMEDIA How does one imagine a feminist movement? Traditionally feminist movements have been about campaigning for reproductive rights, equal pay, women’s suffrage, protesting to increase awareness of sexual harassment, domestic violence and many other issues affecting women’s lives. Yet, in Ukraine this …

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Freedom on the Internet

SOPA/PIPA PROTEST IN NYC JANUARY 18, 2012. PHOTO: PHOTO GALLERY. FLICKRDissecting the SOPA and PIPA bills.  Except for fame, what do celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift have in common? Well, alongside with the Sony Corporation, all four have officially been made targets by a …

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“You Can Listen, You Can Talk”

CARSICK CARS PERFORM AT EMO’S ANNEX IN AUSTIN, TX. PHOTO: MEHAN. FLCKR –  Music and Politics in China A few years ago a sleazy, run down bar called D22 was one of the few places where Chinese underground bands in the capital could get a chance to try their wings. Its location  …

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