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The Absence of Justice for Syrians and Iraqis

The Absence of Justice for Syrians and Iraqis

The generation that inherited the world right after the fall of Nazi Germany were in a unique position to teach future generations about how we should address justice after thousands of families lost their relatives during the war. While many former members of Hitler’s government were put on trial at Nuremberg, prosecuted and given their […]

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Op-ed: On Enes Kanter, the Turkish Government, and the Politics of Sports

Op-ed: On Enes Kanter, the Turkish Government, and the Politics of Sports

For most of his adult life Enes Kanter has been on the radar of the basketball world. After moving to the United States as a teenager, Kanter quickly developed a reputation as a young player to watch. He cemented this reputation, and gave a major spark to his professional aspirations, in 2010 when, at the […]

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How We Have Failed Survivors

How We Have Failed Survivors

Various incidents that occurred a few doors down from the largest news team in Canada could be claimed to be the first spark of the MeToo era. A publicly funded radio star in Toronto was using his position to seduce women, and had a tendency to beat them up when alone with them. Despite many of […]

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Op-Ed: Why India should not support the Sheikh Hasina government

Op-Ed: Why India should not support the Sheikh Hasina government

In recent days, a series of articles have been published, emphasizing that India should be supporting Sheikh Hasina in the upcoming Bangladeshi elections. According to the Weekly Blitz, Sheikh Hasina is opposed to Jamat e-Islami. Furthermore, a Chinese news website argued that she should be supported because under her leadership, the UN reported that the […]

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Bangladeshi media: Prominent Muslim human rights activist arrested

Bangladeshi media: Prominent Muslim human rights activist arrested

Aslam Chowdhury, a prominent Muslim minority and human rights activist who also serves as the BNP Central Joint Secretary General in Bangladesh, was displayed arrested recently in the Bangladeshi media and is presently in jail after being disqualified from running in the elections later this month. According to the report, the Police surrounded his home […]

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The Noble Peace Prize and the Forgotten Genocide

The Noble Peace Prize and the Forgotten Genocide

Nadia Murad was honoured with a Nobel Prize recently for her work with women and genocide survivors. She is Yazidi from Iraq and survived a kidnapping and rape by ISIS, upon her escape she was able to get her story out to the international community. She became a representative for her community in 2016 and […]

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Why are the non-Muslim minorities leaving the Islamic world in droves?

Why are the non-Muslim minorities leaving the Islamic world in droves?

Due to the intense religious persecution that they face, increasingly minorities are forced to flee the Muslim world. As time progresses, the Islamic world is becoming more and more homogenous. Fewer and fewer non-Muslims who have lived amongst Muslims since antiquity are choosing to remain in their ancestral homeland. The trend began with the establishment […]

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Dismantling Trump’s Immigration Lies: The Travel Ban

Dismantling Trump’s Immigration Lies: The Travel Ban

The Trump team has been pushing false rhetoric regarding immigrants since the moment Trump announced his candidacy in 2015. Starting with his infamous “they’re rapists” comment at his candidacy announcement speech to his call for a “complete and total shutdown of all Muslims entering the United States,” Trump has made it abundantly clear that one […]

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Continuing the Fight for the Yazidi: What Needs to be Done

Continuing the Fight for the Yazidi: What Needs to be Done

In 2014, the Islamic State’s massacre of the Northern Iraqi Sinjar District changed thousands of Yazidi – as well as Christian, Shia, and other non-Sunni – lives.  Though many were able to flee quickly, those left behind would unknowingly be subject to the Islamic State’s pre-planned objectives of mass genocide and abduction. While this massacre […]

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Bangladesh, Please Don’t Compel Hindu Women to Wear The Hijab

Bangladesh, Please Don’t Compel Hindu Women to Wear The Hijab

Choosing the way that one dresses is a pivotal human right.   For any woman, choosing the way that one dresses is a pivotal human right. In both the US and Israel, we pride ourselves in the fact that a woman can dress however she pleases, regardless of whether it is Western, traditional Jewish, traditional […]

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India should adopt Israel’s right of return policy

India should adopt Israel’s right of return policy

The Hindus of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan are being forced to flee to India but are not receiving Indian citizenship. The time has come for this to change. Many Pakistani, Afghani and Bangladeshi Hindus living in India face a dire situation. Even though they share the same faith and culture as Hindus in India, they […]

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Education Is A Right That Must Be Fulfilled Urgently

Education Is A Right That Must Be Fulfilled Urgently

  Disruptors are becoming ever more prevalent as bold solutions are offered for global problems. In health, transport, and agriculture big ideas are at the centre of fierce debates about reform and innovation; nowhere is this more evident than in education. In developing countries, quality education for the poor is rare:  263 million children are […]

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 Youth Activists Push for Political Accountability in The Democratic Republic of Congo

 Youth Activists Push for Political Accountability in The Democratic Republic of Congo

Current Political Crisis The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued with political instability ever since independence from Belgium in 1960. This instability has contributed greatly to widespread government corruption, due to limited mechanisms of accountability. In 2006, the first democratic elections were held in over four decades and Joseph Kabila, the son of former […]

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Children at the Border, Part 2: Failure, Chaos, and Deceit

Children at the Border, Part 2: Failure, Chaos, and Deceit

This is the second of two parts. The CHIP Model Applied to the Border To understand the fate of children at the border, it may be necessary to examine what else was happening at the time. Trump’s campaign and presidency have focused on the issue of illegal immigration, in particular on what he sees as […]

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Children at the Border, Part 1: Hostage Taking as Bargaining Tactic

Children at the Border, Part 1: Hostage Taking as Bargaining Tactic

This is the first of two parts. Has the Donald Trump administration instituted a practice of using children as hostages in Congressional negotiations? In April the administration introduced an extraordinary policy of separating children from their families in the case of people crossing the border illegally and, apparently, in the case of some legal entrants […]

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