U.S.-led Coalition Uses White Phosphorus In Raqqa Offensive

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has this week revealed that the U.S.-led coalition fighting in the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa have repeatedly launched white phosphorus munitions at areas believed to be populated by civilians in the Syrian city. Evidence that these munitions were being used in Raqqa comes as coalition […]


Going Grassroots To Give Afghanistan A Chance

Last week’s Kabul Peace process, coming in the wake of a bombing in the capital that killed more than 150 people, brought together more than 20 countries aiming to restart peace talks and solidify regional agreements on terrorism. Looking to revive peace talks with the Taliban, who have been dormant […]


Technology Is Allowing A New Form Of Development

Until recently, development has predominantly been a top-down affair. Donor countries and NGOs have tended to outsource materials, policy and workers to underdeveloped countries in an attempt to build local capacities, or in other words, what they see as crucial pillars of society necessary for development. Building capacity comes in […]


Is There Hope For Nigeria’s Education Crisis?

An initiative led by Nigerian Global Youth Ambassadors, called “Dreams from the Slum,” is making it possible for children in the slums of Lagos to attend school. June 16th was the Day of the African Child, and the Global Youth Ambassadors are emphasizing the importance of starting now to work towards […]


Trump’s Muslim Ban Rejected By Another US Appeals Court

Another federal appeals court has rejected President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Monday, June 12, 2017, ruling that the executive order did not provide a valid reason for suspending the entry of people from six Muslim majority nations. The unanimous decision was handed down by a three-judge panel of the […]


Raif Badawi Human Rights Activist Serves Half His Sentence

This week marks the 5 year anniversary since activist Raif Badawi was arrested. Badawi, a Saudi Arabian, was arrested for insulting Islam through electronic channels and apostasy. The primary electronic channel was Badawi’s website, Free Saudi Liberals. After his arrest, he was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and 10,000 […]


The Long Shadow Of Pinochet’s Dictatorship

The memory of collective trauma is said to last far longer than its initial impact and is often carried across generations beyond those who lived through the immediate impact. This is certainly true of Chile’s national trauma, which continues to resonate nearly thirty years after the country ended General Pinochet’s […]