January2018


A New Dawn For Sub-Saharan Africa, Or More Authoritarianism?

The overthrow of Robert Mugabe in November 2017 marked another upheaval in the tortured history of democratic transition in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The end of Mugabe’s thirty-year regime has been met with tempered optimism by democratic activists. Yet, even as people celebrate Mugabe’s overthrow, others are concerned that his successor, Emmerson […]


Libyan Migration And The EU’s ‘Policy Of Containment’

On Friday, CNN uncovered a video of Sudanese migrants kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Libya. The video showed victims being whipped while they begged their families to send money for their freedom.  After strong pressure from social media, Libyan Special Forces intervened and arrested four men found at the location and freed […]


Qatar – UN Report Proof That Saudi-Led Blockade Illegal

An Al Jazeera news report quoted Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, the head of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), as calling the blockade of its country by neigbouring states an act of “economic warfare.” A new United Nations (UN) report on the blockade’s effects has demonstrated as well that the […]


Thousands Displaced In Land Dispute In Chiapas, Mexico

Since late October 2017, a territorial conflict over lands in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has escalated rapidly, resulting in the forced displacement of more than 5,000 inhabitants of Chalchihuitan, according to Human Rights Watch. The conflict centres around a territorial dispute between the neighbouring Tzotzil communities of Chalchihuitan […]


The Illusion Of Democratic Peace In Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 50 years since the process of independence began in the African continent – at the height of the Cold War – the discussion of democratic peace still looms. Scholars, governments and concerned citizens alike contemplate the implementation of democratization throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which is heavily influenced by the […]


Pope’s Peruvian Peace Effort And Advocating for Mapuche Rights Undermined By His Slander Statement In Chile

On Thursday January 18th, Pope Francis arrived in internally conflicted Peru. The country has been disrupted by violent protests since the Christmas Eve pardoning of former President Alberto Fujimori from his 25-year corruption sentence on medical grounds. Current President Pablo Kuczynski had hoped, according to the BBC, that the Pope would […]