Why Canadian Aid Won’t Really Help Palestinian Entrepreneurs

Majd Mashharawi describes herself and other Palestinian entrepreneurs as “full of dreams, life, energy and hope.” She is determined to improve peoples’ lives. Canada recently announced that $37 million of a $50 million development aid package will go to supporting Palestinian entrepreneurship. Rather than assist people like Majd, however, Canadian aid won’t do much good….

UN Report Documents Genocide Against Rohingya: What Now?

Earlier this month, the United Nations released a searing report that details Myanmar’s state violence against an ethnic and religious minority in that country known as the Rohingya. The report demands that top leadership in Myanmar’s powerful military be held accountable for genocide and other international crimes. As co-directors of the Institute for Genocide and…

Three Years On, Lebanon’s ‘You Stink’ Movement Finds Fresh Reasons To Protest

New protests by Lebanon’s “You Stink” movement erupted in Beirut after authorities announced they will move ahead with incinerator plants in order to solve the city’s chronic trash crisis. Protesters marched towards Lebanon’s parliament and the environment ministry offices on August 29, the day of the third year anniversary of the Beirut-born, youth-led movement. In 2015, “You…

Trump Is Just The Latest U.S. President To Push Palestine Around

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton is at it again. He recently issued a blistering rebuke of the International Criminal Court (ICC): “We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”

In Syria’s Ruined Relics Lies The History of Human Civilisation

What makes us human? Whatever it is, it can be found in Syria. When the earliest hominids first came from Africa they passed through Syria, and their remains, together with the tools they made, can still be found there. Humans first settled here and learned to farm. They built the first towns here in the…

More Afghan Journalists Killed As Militants Ramp Up Attacks On Shias

A recent double suicide bombing that killed nearly two dozen people near a sports club in the Dasht-e-Barchi suburb of Kabul, has highlighted the plight faced by two of Afghanistan’s most threatened groups: journalists and Shia Muslims. Dasht-e-Barchi is a Shia-dominated part of Kabul. The first blast on September 5 targeted a crowd gathered outside…

Netizen Report: Online Censorship Roundup

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. What Role Does Facebook Play in Libya’s Civil War? Earlier this week, Facebook was blocked in the Libyan capital Tripoli and surrounding cities, as fighting between armed militias raged. On 3 September, Reuters reported that…