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
Twenty years ago, the European Union began discussions with the Mercosur bloc of countries in South America – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – and only recently this historic agreement was officially signed that will successfully reduce billions of dollars in costs for both sides. The EU-Mercosur deal will both strengthen the relationship with European countries by removing duties on goods and improving an integrated … Continue reading European Union Hypocrisy
It seems like a classic Orwellian situation. The Somoza family dictatorship in post-Colonial Nicaragua that led to the communist revolution headed by Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), the civil war lasting between 1979-1990 with additional violence led by the Contras rebels, the latter funded by the United States despite such funding becoming illegal as the Reagan administration facilitated foreign arms sales in Iran to launder funds … Continue reading Nicaragua: Pigs In Suits?
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) are both introduced with articles on the right to self-determination. The principle of self-determination as jus cogens or an indisputable norm in international law nevertheless remains ambiguous, particularly relating to the legality behind the principle within the context of contemporary international life. The development of … Continue reading Crimean Self-Determination or Russian Annexation?
Food plays a vital part in our lives and relationships, bringing communities and families together and unite love ones with joyful and memorable experiences. Chefs and anthropologists alike travel the world to learn more about regional differences in taste and methods of cooking and to learn more about the history of food in some regions, and sometimes this authenticates originality, that such and such foods … Continue reading The Politics of Food: A Case Of The Falafel
The aggression involving the mass deportations and displacement, ethnic cleansing and evacuations of millions in Europe during World War Two, along with post-war border changes, continued population expulsions and repatriations meant that the prolonged chaos required common standards that would heal the hostilities and build bridges to support people seeking asylum from persecution. The violations against human rights values as expressed by the United Nations … Continue reading Dangerous Liaisons in Syria: Is it a Civil War or a Proxy War?