This Is My “Shithole” Country, Mr. President

January 16, 2018

The US is the greatest country in the world because of the millions of Americans, many of whom moved there from various “shitholes.” I confess. I come from a “shithole.” I come from a “shithole” country in North Africa, and I couldn’t be prouder. My “shithole” country is...

When Business Meets Human Rights

December 05, 2017

Most companies are still coming to grips with what their corporate responsibilities mean in practice when it comes to human rights. As November drew to a close, the Palais des Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva, prepared to shake off the seasonal gloom by welcoming once again the UN Forum...

Will Jacob Zuma Drag the ANC Down With Him?

November 28, 2017

As the ANC’s conference approaches, many within the governing party are beginning to count the cost of a leader who lacks the public's trust. In December 2007, delegates at the National Elective Conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) took an ill-fated gamble on...

The Nigerian Health Sector: A Cat with Nine Lives

August 28, 2017

Nigeria's health industry struggles on despite the odds.  In order to understand the full extent of Nigeria’s health crisis, all you need to do is walk into any hospital in the heart of Lagos or any city across the country. What you will see is the real-life meaning of a cat having nine...

The Billion-Dollar Problem in India

August 21, 2017

While India teems with billionaires on one end, many are left counting pennies. When the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index was released in July, it did not make for merry reading for the second most populous country in the world. India cut an alarmingly sorry figure when it came to the...

Daring Saudi Women to Drive

August 09, 2017

While it is still illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, Manal al-Sharif’s bravery has not been in vain. Just two months after the United Nations elected Saudi Arabia into the newly established Commission on Women's Rights, the long awaited memoir, Daring to Drive, by Saudi-born Manal...

What’s Going On in Belarus?

June 15, 2017

Human rights violations go largely unnoticed in “Europe’s last dictatorship.” Amid protests and police violence in Belarus, with the biggest rally taking place on March 25 in Minsk and the country’s larger cities against the so-called “social parasites” law, the country has once...

Russia Protests: Putin and Corruption are Synonymous

June 13, 2017

Anti-corruption protests sweep Russia, with demonstrators being detained across the country. June 12, a national holiday known as Russia Day, usually sees mass festivities to mark the occasion of the signing of the country’s declaration of independence in 1990. This year, those taking part in...

Climate Change in Egypt: Death on the Nile

June 07, 2017

Climate change is creating preconditions in Egypt that precipitated the Syrian Civil War. The Nile Delta, home to 40 million people and source of two-thirds of Egypt’s food production, is disappearing. This is a direct result of climate change and rising sea levels. The Delta, about the size...

The Cambridge of Spies

May 26, 2017

A Russian academic finds herself caught up in an unlikely spy scandal.  Between Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s push for the £100-million Royal Yacht Britannia, the current government’s “trading nation” narrative and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to put the economy on...

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