Author: Inci Sayki

The Passport Black Market: EU Takes Legal Action Against Cyprus and Malta

The European Commission has announced its decision to launch infringement procedures against Cyprus and Malta on October 20th, over the two countries’ immigrant investor programs. More widely referred to as “golden passport” schemes, these programs are seen as a gateway for corruption, money laundering, crime and tax evasion, and threaten

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Egyptian Authorities Continue To Arbitrarily Arrest And Abuse LGBT People

The Egyptian government continues to systematically target lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Human Rights Watch (HRW) listed arbitrary arrests, inhumane detainments, torture, sexual violence, and various forms of abuse, including anal examinations and “virginity tests” in an extensive report this week. Although Egyptian law does not explicitly criminalize

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China’s Crackdown On Mongolian Education

Protests broke out in Inner Mongolia after China imposed a new education policy replacing the ethnic Mongolian language with Mandarin in the academic curriculum, in what appears to be an attempt at national homogenization and assimilation. Chinese authorities have responded to these protests with the shutting down and censoring of

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Belarus: Internet Access Remains Spotty As Post-Election Protests Go On

Belarusian authorities have been censoring online content and disrupting internet access in response to the ongoing mass protests. As the third week of post-election protests are coming to an end, protesters continue to demand fair presidential elections and justice for the demonstrators who have faced police brutality during the peaceful

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Anthing but “Honourable”: The Murder of Romina Ashrafi

14-year-old Romina Ashrafi was allegedly murdered by her father, Reza Ashrafi, in a so-called “honour killing” on 21 May, 2020. The murder took place in the Ashrafi household in Talesh, a town northwest of Iran’s capital Tehran. Romina had ran away from home with her 34-year-old boyfriend Bahamn Khavari, after

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The Intensifying Criticality Of Press Freedom

The short-term emergency measures governments have been taking since the COVID-19 outbreak will not only shape our current and near future, but define and shape the politics, economics, culture, and policies of the years to come, historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari argued in an article he wrote for Financial

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Essential Workers Unite In May Day Protests Demanding Coronavirus Protection

Front line workers in the United States deemed essential for their jobs in grocery stores, retailing, warehouses and manufacturing have been striking, organizing protests, calling out sick, and walking off the job in response to unsafe working conditions and inadequate protections since the Coronavirus breakout. These series of protests culminated

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