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Finding Refuge: The din of noise, without the right voices

Finding Refuge: The din of noise, without the right voices

January 20, 2017 at 10:47 AM

When the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, my family, alongside several others, was forced to leave. The place we called home, was now packed into two suitcases as we, with a fair share of difficulty, left behind the dust of the armed and the harmed. However, we lucked outRead More

Somaliland: Refugees, Returnees and the fight for Independence

Somaliland: Refugees, Returnees and the fight for Independence

January 16, 2017 at 8:33 AM

Hargeisa, Somaliland – As the war in Yemen continues to produce more and more refugees, it is Somaliland, along with Djibouti, that continue to bear the brunt of the exodus. A coalition lead by Saudi Arabia, with support from the United States and other nations, have conducted airstrikes targeting theRead More

Chinese reforms – Land and Intellectual Property

Chinese reforms – Land and Intellectual Property

January 10, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Revamp of the Chinese Property Rights (2016) The Chinese government has been lambasted for over 20 years for its failure to protect land and intellectual property rights. The recently adopted set of guidelines (in December, 2016) paves way for a more robust economic scenario in terms of entrepreneurship, fosters positiveRead More

Ethiopia – Protests and shut down

Ethiopia – Protests and shut down

January 9, 2017 at 6:06 AM

A State of Emergency Cannot Become the Norm “Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Walking down Bole Road, one of the main roads in Addis Ababa that cuts through the city, it’s easy to be reminded of the recently announced state of emergency. The military line either side of the road, menRead More

Universal energy access- A new research agenda

Universal energy access- A new research agenda

December 31, 2016 at 2:58 PM

In the September 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of seventeen global development goals called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set out the development priorities that the global community should pursue. While each of these goals has its importance, the actualization of the seventh goal – universal access toRead More

Cannabis in India: Old laws to take a hit

Cannabis in India: Old laws to take a hit

December 29, 2016 at 2:38 PM

India has an odd relationship with cannabis. We’ve glorified it in our culture but made discussion of the plant taboo in the modern day. Recent political and social events make it evident that the legislation around cannabis and “hard narcotics” is likely to become increasingly relevant in context to the roleRead More

Venezuelan Petrol: Black Gold or the Devil’s Excrement ?

Venezuelan Petrol: Black Gold or the Devil’s Excrement ?

December 27, 2016 at 5:53 PM

“Ten years from now, 20 years from now, you will see [that] oil will bring us ruin.” When former Venezuelan diplomat, Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo, spoke those words in the 1970s, his statement was predictably greeted with puzzlement, at a time when Venezuela was experiencing its first oil boom, whichRead More

China and the New Silk Road

China and the New Silk Road

December 23, 2016 at 8:36 AM

This article could have been written totally differently. As soon as one starts to read about the Silk Road it becomes apparent that this topic inherits multiple layers of historical significance which all add up to a complexity that cannot be addressed in one article. Stating this, the article justRead More

Trump’s Presidency and the climate change response

Trump’s Presidency and the climate change response

December 22, 2016 at 5:58 AM

This is an OpEd from our new Editor for Energy and Environment drafted as a response to GA Monitoring’s recent piece titled “The Road to Paris: Climate Change Vs The World“.  When I  read GA Monitoring’s last piece about how the climate change denying US President Elect now thinks that climateRead More

Free press – Looking at both ends

Free press – Looking at both ends

December 8, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Within the  “Policy+People” Initiative, James Cannon looks at how in some of the biggest democracies, the idea of free and proper journalism is under institutional threat.  Last April, the Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders released its annual World Press Freedom Index. Canada ranks a very respectable 18th position in this year’s Index.Read More