Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

Jul 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare a global crisis of gender inequality. While women have achieved considerable success in their fight for equality, they continue to face violence, discrimination and exclusion globally. Women are now disproportionately bearing the costs of the pandemic, surfacing...

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse
Jul 06, 2020

In Sierra Leone, COVID-19 Could Make Maternal Mortality Worse

The Lockdown in India Reveals the Nation Has Lost Its Soul
Jul 03, 2020

The Lockdown in India Reveals the Nation Has Lost Its Soul

China Continues Its Persecution of Uighur Muslims
Jul 01, 2020

China Continues Its Persecution of Uighur Muslims

Will COVID-19 Help Us End Food Waste?

Will COVID-19 Help Us End Food Waste?

Jun 17, 2020

Today, the world faces one of its most challenging crises of the 21st century. A tiny yet powerful virus has been able to shed light on a number of questions we all knew but might not have truly comprehended. First, we are incredibly interconnected, from Wuhan to Milan to New York. Second, we are...

There’s No Good News for Refugees in Lebanon

There’s No Good News for Refugees in Lebanon

Jun 16, 2020

The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon is just the latest in a sequence of disenfranchisements that have plagued the Middle East for generations. In 1948, just years after Lebanon was founded, the Palestinians were pushed out of their homeland by the Israelis and the Lebanese granted them refuge....

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

Jun 16, 2020

Article 1 of the UN Refugee Convention defines a refugee as “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” In...

The Brazilian Right’s Fight Against Its Leftist Boogeyman

The Brazilian Right’s Fight Against Its Leftist Boogeyman

Jun 16, 2020

The late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a prominent figure in the 20th-century critical pedagogy movement and the celebrated author of the ground-breaking 1968 text, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” Freire’s seminal work proposes a dialogical method of teaching literacy that...

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Jun 15, 2020

While celebrating the contribution of refugees, we must acknowledge the importance of all who are driven from their homelands not only by fear and terror, but also by desperate need. Human bridges and personal connections have been built by great movements across the globe as people escape war and...

Marriage Equality Is Still a Dream for India’s LGBTQ Community

Marriage Equality Is Still a Dream for India’s LGBTQ Community

Jun 12, 2020

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in a landmark decision, Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India, decriminalizing consensual sexual intercourse between consenting adults of the same sex. More than a year and a half later and on the...

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

Jun 11, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, health-care systems around the world are left strained. The outbreak continues to throttle the efficiency of many health-care sectors, pushing some to the brink. While deficiencies within public health systems are exposed, other viral enemies have come to the...

The Vanishing Social Dimension of Education in the Wake of COVID-19

The Vanishing Social Dimension of Education in the Wake of COVID-19

Jun 10, 2020

Like most other human activities, education has been brutally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditional classroom, a place of safety in which the teacher reigned over students and represented a form of political order, suddenly came to be seen as a petri dish of disease threatening not...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Jun 10, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

The Humanitarian Disaster Before Us: COVID-19 in Somalia

The Humanitarian Disaster Before Us: COVID-19 in Somalia

Jun 06, 2020

For months, analysts have warned that Somalia is one of many African countries at the highest risk for the spread of the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV2. Now, that forecast is turning quickly into a grim reality. Somali authorities have confirmed over 2,100 cases of COVID-19 — the disease...

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