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Same, Same, But Different – the Future of the Saami People

The Saami are an indigenous people who have lived in an area in the northern hemisphere referred to as Sápmi for about a thousand years. In time this area came to be divided into modern-day Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia. A debate is currently raging among the Saami, on account …

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Sea Level Rise – Climate Refugee Issue to be a Watershed for Bangladesh

In October 2016 a roadmap on climate finance by developed countries was released, targeting $100 billion for developing countries by 2020 to face global warming consequences. Set out in the COP21 Paris Agreement and the Green Climate Fund (GFC) framework, it aims to help developing countries anticipate future environmental hardship. …

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“But we already know what happened” – Historical Revisionism in American Schools

The point of teaching history in schools – despite insistence from students that there is none – is often cited to be something along the lines of “the past informing the present” or, somewhat more poetically, “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. But what …

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The long shadow of Ferdinand Marcos

“[It is] wrong, denies our history, erases the memory of lives lost and destroyed, mocks the collective action we took to oust the dictator, and denigrates the value of our struggle for freedom.” That was the reaction of Maria Serena Diokno, the Philippines’ top government historian, to President Rodrigo Duterte’s …

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Noble Intentions with Devastating Consequences – The Aid Mission in Haiti

There is a general wish to help when the sorrows of natural disasters are broadcasted into our living rooms. When seeing pictures of individual suffering we recognize our privilege in feeling safe. We go out and support the institutions and NGOs there to help, and if time and money allow, …

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A forgotten genocide – and why it matters today

After the 2014 winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi, Vladimir Putin announced they had been a success. When the 2014 winter Olympics started in Sochi, people gathered outside Russian embassies around the world to protest. Despite the protests, few ever heard about the Circassians, the indigenous people of the …

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On the Verge: Burundi in Human Rights Crisis

The African state of Burundi has been thrown into crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza re-elected himself for a third term in June 2015. The opposition has been silenced, and around 250,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries. The UN is now warning that a new genocide could be the consequence …

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The Silenced Voices of Kashmir amidst a Territorial Squabble

In July this year, Indian forces killed a popular Kashmiri rebel leader named Burhan Wani. The action triggered the worst unrest Kashmir had seen in years, resulting in the deaths of over 90 people and injuries of thousands others, as well as creating widespread insecurity within the region. For India, the …

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A People on the Brink of Extinction – Assyrians in the Middle East

A prominent theme in the global media as of late has been to question whether one of the world’s oldest cultures faces extinction in the Middle East. Assyrians have inhabited the Fertile Crescent since 2500 BCE and were one of the first peoples to convert to Christianity. After the Muslim …

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Lebanon – on the cutting edge of LGBT rights in the Middle East?

Lebanon, and especially the bustling city of Beirut, has lately become known as a refuge for people escaping sexuality-related harassment in the Middle East. Being the first country in the Arab World with an LGBT movement, the nation has somewhat taken the lead regarding the rights and empowerment of gays, …

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