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Author Archives: Caitlin Reder

Caitlin is a second year student of International Relations at Groningen University and the secretary of Checks and Balances. She has a special interest in human rights issues and international politics. While writing for Checks and Balances she hopes to inform readers truthfully about global news.

Nice, new and smart missiles?

Three weeks ago, we watched as Trump, May and Macron announced their plan to attack Syria in a response to an apparent chemical attack. They each made passionate speeches where they tried to convince the general public that the airstrikes were indeed in their national interest. They stressed that the airstrikes would be limited to the Syrian chemical facilities and ... Read More »

Can politics still be poetic?

This article was inspired by a discussion organised by SIB Groningen, on the 12th March 2018, called “Poetry and Politics in Iran: The Power of Verse”. It was led by Professor Asghar Seyed-Gohrab an Associate Professor of Persian and Iranian Studies at Leiden University, who has specialised in Islamic spirituality and Persian mysticism.  The ideas of politics and poetry may ... Read More »

Gypsies in Europe: Free Movement or Forced Movement?

This February is the one-year anniversary of Irish Travellers gaining ethnic minority status in Ireland. Simultaneously, The Independent reported that gypsy people were the least tolerated minority in Europe. Respect for minorities is a fundamental aspect of European values, however, according to the Independent, many minorities are openly disliked. The EU’s open borders guarantees the free movement of people, but in ... Read More »

What’s happening in Pakistan?

On Sunday night, the law minister of Pakistan, Zahid Hamid, was forced to resign after days of protests in the nation’s capital, Islamabad.  But how and why did this forced resignation occur? The protests began weeks ago, under the leadership of Khadim Hussain Rizvi. His followers had been occupying a road on the outskirts of the city in an attempt ... Read More »

Irish women continue to fight for their reproductive rights

Although the Republic of Ireland is a modern, western European country, with liberal values and an improving economy its female reproductive rights can be compared to those in countries such as Haiti, Somalia, Brazil, Iran, and Uganda. Ireland has the strictest abortion laws in Europe, apart from Malta. Abortion is considered illegal and is punishable with a 14-year prison sentence. ... Read More »