EU Commission President-elect is the Woman For the Job

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The European Commission (EC) has officially elected a new president. Having served as Germany’s defence minister since 2013, Ms Ursula von der Leyen will fill the office come November. Born in Brussels and raised speaking French and English, Ms von der Leyen will become the first woman to occupy the […]

Beware of Chinese bearing gifts

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Since taking over the Presidency of the European Union on July 1st 2019, Finland has surprisingly found themselves receiving a great deal of attention from China in the form of delegation visits and official invitations. The high level representatives from Beijing, and their communist leaders, have not turned up empty […]

Has GSP+ trade genuinely influenced human rights?

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The stated objective of Europe’s General Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) is to “help developing countries assume [and implement] the special burdens and responsibilities” of the 27 core international conventions on “human and labour rights, environmental protection and good governance” which must be ratified by any program beneficiary. This is […]

A Ring, a Wedding, and Deceit

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The prospect of a better life drives individuals around the world to seek out new opportunities that would benefit themselves and their families. Sometimes, this involves leaving their country of birth with the hope of obtaining a better quality of life elsewhere. In Pakistan, however, the attempt to improve the […]

Afghanistan’s Abusive Boy Play- “Bacha Bazi”

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“We could hear the boys screaming at night, but we are not allowed to do anything about it.” These were the words of Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr. who overheard Afghan police officers abusing young boys in a practice referred to as bacha bazi while he was deployed in Afghanistan […]

Rape Crimes Rise Unabated in Bangladesh

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731 is the estimated number of rape cases involving women and children that have been reported in Bangladesh in just the first six months of 2019. This number was calculated by the Bangladesh women’s council based on newspaper articles, which means that the actual occurrence rates of rape in the […]

Conservative Giammattei elected Guatemala president

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Conservative Alejandro Giammattei was elected as Guatemala’s president on Sunday, defeating former first lady Sandra Torres in a run-off, the central American country’s electoral court said. With the results being updated in real time on the court’s website, the institution’s president Julio Solorzano declared the result “already irreversible.” Giammattei will […]