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But Still We Rise: Curbing Gender-Based Violence in Kenya

"War and struggle have bruised and battered our bodies Patriarchy and his emissaries have tortured and traumatised our minds Now your prisons threaten to break our spirits Yet we rise in resistance (…) We stand not merely in solidarity but in the recognition of self in them Even in darkness still we will rise, we will acquiesce no more” Rudo Chigudu On 17th November 2014, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Nairobi to condemn the

Written by N. Wayua and published on 16-December-2014

The West's Big Problem: Why Does Joining ISIS Appeal To 2,000 Of Its Citizens?

With the continuous growth in ISIS’s strength, there has been a strong focus on the fighters themselves in the media. It is estimated that about 16,000 fighters from over 80 countries have travelled to fight in Syria. Two thousand of these fighters come from Western countries, with at least 500 of them coming from the United Kingdom, 700 from Franc...

Written by M.L. Schwarzenberg and published on 16-December-2014

Actually, They Do Know It's Christmas

With 2014 winding down and the holiday season well on its way, Christmas carols are all around us. And this year, for the fourth time, amidst all the consumerism and greed, Bob Geldof and his BandAid friends are here to remind us of the less fortunate in this world. After all, ‘do they know it’s Christmas time at all?’ This year, the recurring holiday single was re-launched to raise funds for the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with new lyrics tailored to the cause. While...

Written by A. Hooijer and published on 15-December-2014

Femicide: Alarming rates of Gender Violence Victims in Latin America

On November 18th, a 21-year-old girl was stabbed to death at her workplace in Trinidad, Bolivia after an argument with her boyfriend, who attempted suicide afterwards. This terrible murder occurred in front of a crowd of almost 20 people, who not only refused to intervene, but were also filming and photographing the deed. The young girl would probably still be alive, if they had not stayed impassive to the man’s actions. “Femicide” is a word you hardly hear, a word that does not even appe...

Written by J.T.I. and published on 27-November-2014

Misuse, Abuse and Personal Agendas: The Impact of Counter-Terrorism Policies in Turkey

Over the past decade, states spanning the globe have increasingly adopted counter-terrorism legislations. Ideally, such mechanisms are implemented for the protection of the masses. In reality, however, translations of the provisions have consistently proven to infringe rather than uphold the rights of citizens, such as in the cases of Ethiopia,

Written by S. Maraghi and published on 26-November-2014

The toppled terrorist; the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane and its impact on Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda network, and beyond.

On September 1st, a United States airstrike near Barawe, in south-central Somalia, ended the life of Ahmed Abdi aw-Muhammad “Godane” (also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubair), the 6-year leader, or emir, of the Somali Islamist militant group Harakat Al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (HSM, also popularly known as Al-Shabaab). The United States Pentagon was quick to call the kill a “major symbolic and operational loss” to the militant group. Amidst frightening reports of the rise of Islamic State (IS, ...

Written by Suzanne Van Hooff and published on 24-November-2014

A Never Ending Story- Land Conflict in the Philippines

The goal of the 1988 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) on the Philippines seems promising and simple: achieve social justice by ending the feudal structure in rural areas and empower small farmers through radical land redistribution. The necessity of this Reform Program is clear given the wide gap between the poor rural population and the elite. Spanish colonial ru...

Written by M. Gahl and published on 24-November-2014

No End In Sight For Ukraine’s War

On 17th July 2014, 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were killed after the airliner crashed in contested circumstances near the town of Hrabove, inside the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and near the border with the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), two breakaway regions engaged in a violent conflict with Ukrainian armed forces that has claimed more than 4000 lives since the insur...

Written by P. Cummins Tripodi and published on 20-November-2014

Rebuilding Gaza

After last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas that claimed more than 2000 Palestinian lives, the Gaza Strip was left with nearly 500,000 Palestinian displaced and 60,000 houses destroyed or damaged , and the cost for reconstruction has been calculated between

Written by Irene C and published on 19-November-2014

West African Societies Both Crippled and Uprooted by Ebola

The Ebola outbreak has held West Africa in a progressively tight grip since March 2014. Spreading through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia like wildfire, the virus continues to claim more lives each day. The risk that the epidemic poses for the health situation in affected countries is pressing. Unfortunately, the fragile states that are subject to the outbreak are already prone to societal cracks. Sharing an impetuous past, the three countries’ susceptibility to unrest and instability, inh...

Written by A. Hooijer and published on 17-November-2014

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