Germany Lacks Political Courage to Welcome More Afghan Refugees

October 13, 2021

Since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan in August, debates in Germany have flared up whether the country should grant access to more Afghan refugees. In the run-up to the general election in September, German politicians faced a dilemma. How should they address this contentious issue among...

Return of Jane: Would Stricter Rules Bring Back Illegal Abortion?
September 24, 2021

Return of Jane: Would Stricter Rules Bring Back Illegal Abortion?

For Americans, Abortion Is More Controversial Than Same-Sex Marriage
September 21, 2021

For Americans, Abortion Is More Controversial Than Same-Sex Marriage

Bite-Size Me: Why Democrats Fear Transformation
September 21, 2021

Bite-Size Me: Why Democrats Fear Transformation

German Pharmacies at the Heart of an Anti-Racism Debate

German Pharmacies at the Heart of an Anti-Racism Debate

September 20, 2021

Friedberg is an inconspicuous town with roughly 30,000 inhabitants in a rural district in the middle of Germany. It lies at the hinge of the metropolitan region of Frankfurt/Rhein-Main, where the European Central Bank is headquartered. In recent years, this town where urban and rural life collides...

The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

September 16, 2021

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has waxed and waned for several decades. The roots of it stem far beyond the most recent clashes in May that once again brought death and disaster to the region. The question arises: How far back do we look for an explanation of the current violence? Do we start...

Why Texas’ Abortion Law Matters

Why Texas’ Abortion Law Matters

September 13, 2021

It has not yet been 50 years since women were able to open a bank account without a male cosigner or since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973 ensuring women the right to safe and legal abortion. However, by refusing to halt the implementation of Texas’s anti-abortion law, Senate Bill 8, the US...

The Media Embrace the Martyrdom of Afghan Women

The Media Embrace the Martyrdom of Afghan Women

September 08, 2021

How long will it take to understand what “politics as usual” means in Afghanistan? Following the Taliban’s near-complete takeover of the country, there are no answers, much speculation and more questions emerging every day that goes by. A government has now been officially announced, but...

Is Oprah the Most Influential Person Ever?

Is Oprah the Most Influential Person Ever?

September 03, 2021

When Oprah Winfrey tells people, "I am here to ask you to think seriously,” apparently they do. She really did say this, in 2007, and her audience duly thought about who was the best person for the US presidency. It was Barack Obama, America’s first black president. Oprah was, and remains, one...

Critical Race Theory: A Dictatorship of the Woke?

Critical Race Theory: A Dictatorship of the Woke?

September 01, 2021

In Washoe County, Nevada, parents protest critical race theory (CRT), while a conservative group is pushing for teachers to wear body cameras to make sure they aren’t indoctrinating students. In Loudon county, Virginia, home to Leesburg, a town named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee,...

From Merkel to Baerbock: Female Politicians Still Face Sexism in Germany

From Merkel to Baerbock: Female Politicians Still Face Sexism in Germany

August 31, 2021

Angela Merkel has become a symbol of women's success and self-assertion in a political arena still dominated by men, both in Germany and globally. Until a few months ago, the prospect of a female successor seemed very likely. But the initial euphoria, shortly after the Green Party named Annalena...

Are Online Spaces Safe for Queer People in India?

Are Online Spaces Safe for Queer People in India?

August 28, 2021

Indian queer cyberspace has evolved drastically over the years. The internet arrived in India in 1995, and high-speed broadband technologies started only in 2004. Before that, queer mobilizing mostly took place through informal and clandestine channels. It was only in 1991 that the first Indian...

India’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Is Failing the Transgender Community

India's COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Is Failing the Transgender Community

August 09, 2021

Amid a raging pandemic, India’s transgender community, which numbered 5 million a decade ago, is at its nadir when it comes to vulnerability to disease and distress. The reason why there are no recent statistics is because the 2011 census was the only time that population data for non-binary...

Is America Ready to Raise the Minimum Wage?

Is America Ready to Raise the Minimum Wage?

Since the federal minimum wage was introduced in the United States in 1938, it has provided a level of security for workers to be able to afford a minimal living standard. However, the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not changed since 2009, the longest timespan without an increase in its...

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