The Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia – A Witness Report

Steve Evans, Flickr It has been six months since the Ethiopian government launched a military operation against the regional Tigray People’s Liberation Front, TPLF, on November 4th 2020, after weeks of rising political tensions. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared a state of emergency and all communication to and from the

The Contradictory Journey of Alexei Navalny: Liberalism, xenophobia and a progressive attitude

Evgeniy Isaev, Flickr To oppose an authoritarian regime is dangerous but to be the de facto leader is a danger on a completely new level. The threat of being silenced, murdered or imprisoned are ever present. Alexei Navalny represents this struggle; as an opposition leader in Russia he is currently

‘The future we want’ – The Escazú Agreement and environmental democracy in Latin America

More than eight years after the Rio Conference on Sustainable Development, the first legally binding agreement emerging from it will enter into force in April: the Escazú Agreement. It is praised as a unique treaty breathing new life into the fight for environmental democracy and justice in Latin America and

Is there a new Pink Tide on Latin America’s horizon?

Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation) In the early 2000s, a wave of left-wing politics swept through Latin America, the so-called Pink Tide. In the mid-2010s, it was countered by a conservative, right-wing political wave. However, in the last few years, we have witnessed reactions to the conservative movement,

Women in Leadership – Barriers to female political representation

European Parliament, Flickr When you hear the word “political leader”, what comes to mind? A man in a suit? Despite significant gains in female representation in powerful roles, such as New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, women remain dramatically underrepresented in political leadership positions. Of the world’s heads of state

Modi, Money, and Market Deregulation: India’s farming protests

Randeep Maddoke, Wikimedia Commons In August 2020, the Indian government made public their proposed new agricultural reform bills. These were met with anger from Indian farmers who, as a result, have been protesting peacefully since then. On January 26th 2021, these protests turned violent, subsequently gaining media attention and leaving