In the early sixth century, Athenian statesman and lawmaker Solon developed a set of reforms in Ancient Greece to overcome aristocratic exclusivity by enabling all subjects to access justice. Known as Solon’s Laws, the aim was to mediate the conflict growing between the aristocracy and peasantry. How did Solon decide this moral reformation? Revealed in his poetry, he saw the threat to Athenian culture and … Continue reading Are Morality and Law Connected?
For quite some time, I have been supporting a young Syrian refugee woman who was a victim of a bombing and who now has third degree burns to most of her body. Unfortunately, I do not have a perpetual repository of funds and as such, I am reaching out to the public to help raise funds to support her and her younger brother – also … Continue reading Supporting Iman
Peak hour traffic. An endless array of coloured helmets litter the streets, smoke coughing out of the exhaust of an old bus filled with tired faces, a frowning man with his forehead pasted against the dirty window stares out aimlessly at the hundreds of scooters honking their way through the busy street. Two young girls play on the footpath mimicking the others’ moves completely oblivious … Continue reading Sexual Exploitation and Tourism
There has indeed been a great deal of political polarisation and tension in Turkey over the last decade, especially with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) who have been viewed as attempting to bring back an Islamic Ottoman Centralism. There is an underlying current that murmurs sentiments the AKP party has been intentionally destroying the freedoms designed by Ataturk and enforcing state control over the … Continue reading Turkey: Political Polarisation and Media Laws
There is a great deal anti-Semitism around, even today. A great deal. A quick peruse through social media and you’ll find scores of people posting theories and postulates that iterates previous systemic racism against the Jewish community (i.e. taking over the world), some doing it so well that you have to read between the lines to realise the embedded racism that methodically attempts to generate fear … Continue reading Is It Possible To Be Pro-Palestinian Without Being Anti-Israel?
There is a difference between self-compassion and self-pity. It is easy to mistaken our egocentric self-pity as justifiable when we act out and behave inappropriately. These theatrical responses are generated because we feel we are not being heard or seen, just like we yell when we think no one is listening. Anger – even sadness – both enable a sense of empowerment when we feel … Continue reading Self-Compassion Vs. Self-Pity
In 2017, Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia signed a $110 billion dollar arms deal. It was clearly articulated that the purpose was to strengthen the “long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats.” The long-term security of Saudi Arabia? According to Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) in Yemen, there have … Continue reading Saudi Arabia and Iran: The Arms Race Continues
The preamble to the Convention on the Rights of a Child states: “Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” To include the rights of children as members … Continue reading Deterrence of Punishment Against Palestinian Children
Stop it! I thought to myself as though my insides were about to implode from the stress. He gripped the ram by the horns and dragged the animal to slaughter, the screaming sounds haunt me as though the creature knew what was about to happen, the white around his eyes clearly visible as the lids were wide open from anxiety. The memory of the death of … Continue reading Anthropogenic Climate Change
As of March 2017, key figures from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that more than 5 million refugees have fled Syria, with 6.3 million internally displaced and a total of over 13 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Turkey has accepted a large number of the refugees, hosting over 2.8 million refugees, comparably with Europe where less than … Continue reading Exploitation of Syrian Women and Children: Refugee Law In Lebanon and Jordan