As Xenophobic Policies Sweep Central and Eastern Europe, Refugee Aid Is Criminalized

The political hysteria against refugees entering Europe is on the rise although migration in the region has decreased since 2017. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán has taken the toughest anti-migrant stance, followed by politicians in the ‘Visegrád Four’ or V4 (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia).

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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….

World Politics Explainer: Pinochet’s Chile

General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, a career military officer, was appointed Commander in Chief of the Chilean army by President Salvador Allende on August 1973. Eighteen days later, with the connivance, if not the assistance, of the US, he authorised a coup against Allende’s Socialist government. To be clear, Pinochet’s rule was not the first, last…

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…

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.”

How MENA Governments Use Cybercrime Laws and Spyware to Target Activists

Human rights advocate Israa Al-Ghomgham may soon be facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, for her non-violent human rights related activities. Arrested in 2015 along with her husband, activist Mousa Al-Hashim, over their roles in anti-government protests in Al-Qatif, Al-Ghomgham was charged under article 6 of the Cybercrime Act of 2007 for “preparing, sending and…

Israel Set To “Ethnically Cleanse” Palestinian Village of Khan al-Ahmar

A decision by the Israeli High Court to allow the demolishing of an entire Palestinian village has been described as “ethnic cleansing” by the Palestinian government. The Israeli High Court rejected a petition on Wednesday against the demolishing of the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar, a move that will see its Bedouin residents displaced…