How the Swedish Radical Right Hijacked Human Rights

May 16, 2019

It can be difficult to separate the alleged watchdogs of freedom from the bloodhounds of the populist radical-right discourse.  On June 6, 2017, Sweden’s national holiday, charges were filed with the Swedish international prosecution office against “a number of individuals in key positions...

Tunisian National Interest: Serving Whom? (Part 2/2)

October 27, 2013

Tunisia struggles to define who the bearer of national legitimacy is. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The business world has also made its entrance in this field. “There is no allegiance except to Tunisia” (La wala’illa litunis), say immense billboards in all of...

Under Morsi: Red Lines Gone Gray (Part 2/2)

October 11, 2013

Political cartoons are useful survey instruments for mapping permissible speech in Egypt. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Throughout Mohammed Morsi’s year, artists performed new acrobatic feats along the red lines. Operating within (and around) explicit and...

Nigeria: Criminalizing Homosexuality

September 10, 2013

Same-sex marriage legislation in Nigeria violates constitutional principles. Freedom of self-expression is a fundamental right that is almost synonymous with the notion of modern democracy. An examination of the struggle for independence of colonized nations from their colonial masters, of...