Sweden, an Exception in Europe?

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY GENEVIEVE SILK On September 9, 2018, Sweden will elect its representatives in the parliamentary elections. Long regarded as having set a political example, Sweden is no longer an exception next to its neighbor countries. The nationalist party Sverigedemokraterna, Sweden Democrats, is today the number three political force in […]

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Ireland caught in the middle of an impossible Brexit?

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN On 23rd March, the European Council decided on the conditions of the transition period following Britain’s exit from the European Union on 29th March 2019. These guidelines specify the inclusion of the UK in the Single Market and Customs Union during this transition period. However, as […]

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Stateless: The Paradox of Nationality

You might not be familiar with the term “stateless”, but there are currently more than 10 million people being classified as such around the world, the equivalent of the Swedish population. Strait Talk Hong Kong, an NGO promoting conflict resolution across states, invited Chen, Tien-Shi, a professor at School of International Liberal Studies of Waseda University, […]

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LGBT people and political dissidents murdered by fundamentalists in Bangladesh [1/2]

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND PROOFREAD BY ALICE DOWEK In a country where the vast majority of the population is Muslim and where Islamic extremism is steadily gaining popularity, LGBT people, atheists, and other ‘undesirables’ are an easy target for Islamic fundamentalists. For several years the murders have been piling up. On 25th April 2016, […]

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Ethiopians forced into exile in Kenya after abuses by the army

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY ALICE DOWEK For several weeks a colossal emigration movement of members of the Oromo community to Kenya has been going on, subsequent to what the former Ethiopian government has named a “blunder” on the part of the army. Keep in mind that this “blunder” has led to the […]

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Iraq: the problematic nature of Shia militias

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY RHONA KAPPLER In post-Daesh Iraq, the difficult task of political reconstruction has begun. The Shia militias, who played a major role in the defeat of the Islamic State, now intend to make their mark. The regaining of territories has given way to a new, equally crucial conquest: that […]

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