Daily Archives: May 2, 2017


Is Foreign Aid Actually Creating Development?

Living in a first world country many Australians are lucky enough to never have to encounter problems associated with underdevelopment. We generally have enjoyed a prosperous economic environment since the 1990’s. We have strong, efficient, and effective democratic governance institutions allowing civil society to enjoy the many liberties we tend […]


Several Injured In Macedonian Protests

Violence erupted as nationalist protesters stormed parliament in Macedonia late Thursday, April 27, 2017, after the election of a new Parliament Speaker. The Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, is part of the ethnic Albanian minority and his election comes after weeks of gridlock in Parliament that kept the country from having a […]


Chaos In The Libyan Sea Continues: Oil-Smuggling And An Active Slave Trade

The Libyan coastguard has seized oil tankers from two Ukrainian and Congolese flagged-vessels after an hours-long shootout at sea. The crews caught smuggling oil were discovered 2 km off Sidi Said near Zuwara, a town on the central coast of Libya. In response, the Libyan coastguard boarded the two vessels […]


Functional Literacy: A Path To Progress

Fifty-one years after the first International Literacy Day was held in 1966, literacy has been disseminated rapidly to young people, women, and adults globally. As the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes clear, education is fundamental human right. However, the 1975 Persepolis Declaration, the 1989 Convention on the Rights […]


Protests In Macedonia Prompt External Concern

On Thursday, April 27, massive protests broke out in Macedonia’s capital, Skopje. Thousands of ethnic Macedonians approached the parliament building before storming in, breaking through police blocks. Authorities have released a statement saying that 77 people were injured, including 22 police officers and 3 lawmakers. Zoran Zaev, the Social Democrat […]