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Islamophobia and Radicalized Perceptions

Islamophobia and Radicalized Perceptions

The current American presidential election has placed Islam and Muslims on the center stage of a nasty campaign politics.

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Modern Slavery at Sea

Modern Slavery at Sea

The discovery of unpaid seamen trapped on an offshore oil supply vessel highlights the links between forced labor and the formal, legal global economy.

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Protecting Citizens, Vulnerable Groups and The Social Contract

Protecting Citizens, Vulnerable Groups and The Social Contract

The social contract outlines the responsibility of a government to keep their citizenry safe and healthy within reasonable measures.

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Migration and Cosmopolitan Integration

Migration and Cosmopolitan Integration

The sentiment of anti-migration scapegoating, amplified by demagogues in Western societies, has diverged their citizens’ attitudes towards migrants.

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Paradoxical Legacy of a ‘Human Rights Icon’

Paradoxical Legacy of a ‘Human Rights Icon’

“It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.” -Albert Einstein

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#TryBeatingMeLightly

#TryBeatingMeLightly

A couple of weeks ago, Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology issued its proposed amendments to the Protection of Women Against Violence Bill of 2015. They recommend husbands to “lightly beat” their wives in certain circumstances.

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Thoughts on Modern Tragedies

Thoughts on Modern Tragedies

It seems as if every speech has already been given and every opportunity has already presented itself to urge solutions to these problems.

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Universal Value of Ramadan Ethics

Universal Value of Ramadan Ethics

Contrary to what ISIS, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram might preach, the core values of Islam enhanced in Ramadan are meant to be universal.

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Grey Definitions of Genocide

Grey Definitions of Genocide

Naming genocide something else does not make a difference to the victims. Indeed, why anyone would want to re-label a crime against humanity?

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Fate of Migrants in Europe Remains Murky

Fate of Migrants in Europe Remains Murky

The current arrangement is not a long-term solution. More work is needed to develop a system to accommodate those fleeing violence in hopes of a better life.

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Turkey and the EU: Sleeping with the Enemy

Turkey and the EU: Sleeping with the Enemy

Ankara has manifested a habit of eagerly seeking concessions and funding from the EU, but being notably less keen on keeping its own side of the bargains.

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Why are we Ignoring a Genocide?

Why are we Ignoring a Genocide?

Despite the EU and the US confirming this fact, the Canadian government has resisted calling the atrocities taking place in Syria and Iraq a genocide.

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Why Genocide Prevention is the Most Important Issue of our Times

Why Genocide Prevention is the Most Important Issue of our Times

Recently, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that a genocide is occurring. We all knew about it for a long time.

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Lesvos Online: Social Media, Refugees, and Foreign Policy at the Individual Level

Lesvos Online: Social Media, Refugees, and Foreign Policy at the Individual Level

The refugee crisis in Europe stems from competing state and non-state actors in Syria and uneven responses by state and supra-state actors in Europe. But one of the most interesting—and useful—responses to the crisis have been at the individual level.

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China Attempts to Save Face at UN Human Rights Council

China Attempts to Save Face at UN Human Rights Council

China tried to save face last week, by lashing out at those critical of its human rights record during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

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