Blog / Europe

The Internet in a Conflict Zone: Grass roots Peacebuilding across Ukraine

European Commission DG ECHO, Ukraine: Survival on the frontline, Flickr

Coverage of the Ukraine crisis focuses predominantly on geopolitics, conflict, and macro level diplomacy. While this is integral for understanding the conflict in an academic, strategic, theoretical and informing sense, a micro level focus is lacking. Indeed, local peacebuilding is often overlooked, and struggles to get …

US Embassy Fascade-Adam Jones
Blog / International Development

Are US Sanctions Reinforcing the Government in Tehran?

A young women strolls past US Embassy Facade in Tehran – Adam Jones via Wikimedia Commons

Despite being one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, Iran still stands firm on their nuclear program. One simple conclusion from this is that economic sanctions don’t work as intended. In fact the constant economic pressures placed …

Malala Yousafzai at the WOW 2014 festival in London; photo through Wiki Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Malala_Yousafzai_-_13008190293.jpg
Asia / Blog

Justice for Malala: A Girl’s Right to Education

Malala Yousafzai at the WOW 2014 festival in London; photo through Wiki Commons:

Malala Yusufzai was just 14 years old when in 2012 the Pakistan Taliban targeted her school bus and shot her point-blank due to her efforts to spread awareness of what girls faced in her home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The region, controlled by …

Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H, via wikicommons
Blog / International Development

What is needed to close Guantánamo Bay?


Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H via wikicommons

The United Nations and other international organisations including the International Committee of the Red Cross have stated repeatedly that indefinite detention is illegal under international law; still it is the determined bitter fate of 33 men in the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. The …

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons
Americas / Americas

The Colombian Free Trade Agreement: Exposing the Facade

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons

Colombia is a country on the rise. Lauded by the West as an example of how a country can overcome internal strife and civil conflicts by embracing neo-liberalism and free-trade capitalism, welcoming multi-national corporations, collaborating with the US against drug gangs, …

Blog / International Development

Britain’s Obsession with the Vulnerability of Children

A child in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Julien Harnels

Many scholars have noted a rising obsession with the vulnerability of children in the Western world. For example, Drake Baer claimed parents are now “helicopters” who rush round ferrying their children from place to place. There is a new belief in today’s society that …

Blog / Europe

Security after the Kiev Summit 27/04: Cooperation, Ukraine, and the European Union

Ukraine – EU via Wikimedia Commons

In February of this year Russian Leader Putin, Ukrainian leader Poroshenko, Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande work to reach the second ‘Minsk Agreement’, which represents an attempt to freeze the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It’s most notable points called for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the …

Stand by sugar cane farmers thumbnail
Americas / Blog

Fair Trade, Free Trade and contradictory politics of the UK and EU

From the Fairtrade Foundation Campaign `Pushed into Poverty: Stand by Sugar Cane Farmers`

The UK election approaches and the focus on domestic issues dominate discussions in the media. In manifestos and debates the parties have been preoccupied with defence and security. On global economic development there is a general commitment to maintaining 0.7 percent of …

Africa / Europe

Giving to strangers: aid and empathy and Live Below the Line

Live Below the Line

Raising money and awareness in the West for those suffering in places that seem vastly different is difficult. Many commentators have speculated why this might be. For example, Owen Jones looked at the problem of getting international attention on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The war – which peaked between …