Poland and the LGBT Movement: A Clash

Over the past weeks, a clash between freedom of speech and laws banning hostility against religious beliefs has become evident in Poland. Being a predominantly Catholic country, the actions of

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March for Rights: A reflection on the closing of the Gender Pay Gap

This year’s International Women’s Day has witnessed protests and celebrations across the globe to highlight a range of remarkable stories and achievements. Every year, gender related issues, such as pay

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Tibet’s Tragedy – The Extinction of the Dalai Lama

You can lock up or enslave a person, but the human hunger for freedom will not be suppressed – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama Sixty years ago on March 10th,

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Sabarimala Controversy: Paving the Way for Feminism in India?

In Kerala, Southern India, history was created just as two women entered the Hindu temple of Sabarimala, smashing the longstanding practice of barring women from entering the sacred place of

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The Dark Side of Vietnam: a Rightless Land

Vietnam has become a country that does not respect freedom of speech, press or political freedom in the least. They keep their population docile by routine intimidation and beatings.

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A Look at New Zealand’s Māori Reconciliation Process: Beyond Biculturalism

Of the 5,000 indigenous groups worldwide, few possess traditions retaining such recognition as the Māori, whose ceremonial dance, the Haka, is recognisable far beyond the community of Rugby fans. Perhaps,

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Dhivehin Dilemma: The Story of Revived Maldivian Democracy and Indian Ocean Power Politics

The word ‘Maldives’ evokes pictures of paradise in the collective imaginary. Yet, there beyond the turquoise lagoons, coral reefs and palm tree hammocks, hidden from the tourists’ eyes, unfolds a

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The Politics Behind Hummus

The Arab-Israeli conflict has been ongoing since after the end of the second World War as a result of conflicting claims of the land, Zionism, and, as a response, Arab

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Rights and the Rohingya

As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights promisingly formulates, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The assumption that ‘human rights’ would apply to every

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Libya Does Not Come to Rest – Announced Elections in 2018 Will Not Solve the Crisis

For decades, Libya’s politics only had one face: that of Muammar al-Gaddafi, a military colonel, who had seized power in the late 60s and had since then clung onto that

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