Why is the World Silent on the Political Arrest of Diane Rwigara?

On 3rd May 2017, Diane Shima Rwigara announced her intention to vie for presidency in the 2017 general elections of the Republic of Rwanda which would pit her against popular but highly controversial incumbent President Paul Kagame among other candidates. Three days later, nude photos of her were posted on social media in an attempt…

Changing Our Approach to Defeating Terrorism

The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is but one of the many erroneous usages of the word “radical.” In fact, the misnomer of acts of terror as “radically Islamic,” besides being a dog whistle characterizing Islam has fundamentally destructive in its essence, also contributes to the degradation of the principal meaning of “radical.” While disagreements on…

A Brief History and Analysis of Iran–Israeli Relations

Iran calls Israel “The Little Satan.” Israel calls Iran “the greatest threat to [its] security”. It’s evident that Israel and Iran don’t exactly have warm relations. But, Iran was the second Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel in 1948. Under the Shah of Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution, the two countries did enjoy close and…

The Westernisation of Second-Generation Chinese

Toronto; the largest city in Canada. With a total population of almost 3 million, 10.8% of all Torontonians were of Chinese descent as of 2011. But despite having Chinese ancestry, many Chinese-Canadians are vastly different from their peers who have grown up in China. I currently attend a Toronto high school. Of my classmates, over…

The Two Roads of the United Kingdom

With the Brexit referendum in 2016, the United Kingdom has changed. The prime minister David Cameron resigned immediately after the results of the vote, having the party choose Theresa May as his successor. She then held an early general election in the hopes of having more control for their exit from the European Union but…

The Voices Are Heard: Reflecting On The Iranian Protests

Iran was built by protests. To observe this concept, one does not have to look far into the country’s history. Take the 1979 revolution as an example; a nation once secure under the very foundation of the Pahlavi dynasty was soon met with the swift uprise of an Islamic Republic. A change so powerful yet…

Universal Basic Income- Does it Really Work?

As the world continues to change there are many big ideas floating around within the political scene. When talking about economics, one big buzzword has been continuously popping up in both far left and right media outlets – universal basic income. In the simplest sense, universal basic income is when a government gives a set…

The Resurgence of Nationalism: A Social Science Perspective

   The most well-known definition of nationalism was proposed by Professor Anthony Smith (2001) who defined it as “an ideological movement for attaining and maintaining autonomy, unity, and identity for a population which some of its members deem to constitute an actual or potential ‘nation’.” Nationalism, such defined, is gaining momentum globally in the form…

Reflecting on Zimbabwe after the Coup

When President Mugabe’s resignation letter was read by the speaker of Zimbabwe’s parliament, the news ignited mixed reactions. Whereas a section of Zimbabweans hoped this would be an end to an era of massive corruption, poverty, economic instability and dictatorship, others saw this as a mere change of guard. Few weeks after being sworn in…

Trump on Jerusalem: What Happened, and Why It Matters

When Israel was founded, in 1948, Jerusalem was intended to be an international city. Yet, thanks to an invasion by five of the new country’s neighbors, by the time the dust settled, Jerusalem was a divided city. The eastern portion had come under Jordanian control, and the western portion was firmly in Israeli hands. Israel’s Prime…

Millions in the Line of Fire: The Responsibility to Protect in Yemen

In Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, there has been a civil war raging since Houthis rebels took over the country’s capital in 2014. After the president was ousted in 2011, the country became unstable and progressed towards war. With the Houthis being ideologically opposed to many of Yemen’s neighbors, the surrounding countries…

North Korea has World Backed into a Corner

The US and other world leaders have few choices when it comes to managing North Korea.  Even fewer choices remain when an impulsive American president like Donald Trump calls the shots. Underneath the bellicose rhetoric, incessant name-calling and hostile threats, therefore, lies an incoherent and fragmented foreign policy. Political Amnesia The United Nations Security Council…