Age of Conflict

The headlines certainly don’t seem to have good news, with famines, wars, protests, and unexpected politics seeming to be the norm. Now, one of the leading academics in the field of civil war studies is backing this feeling up, explaining why civil wars in fact have gotten more numerous and more violent in the last few years, … More Age of Conflict

China and Skiing

My apologies with the inconsistent posts, I’ve been hospitalised for three weeks after getting my second knee (acl) surgery. Speaking of knee surgeries, I’ve noticed how a majority of patients at the hospital tore their hospitals from skiing. Did skiing originate in China? Some cave paintings suggest something along those lines at least, as well … More China and Skiing

Famine in War

Four countries in the world – Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen – are undergoing devastating famines, mostly caused by conflict rather than natural disasters. Still, there are wider economic forces at play that will make these famines especially difficult to deal with in both the short and long term

Purging Gay Men in Chechnya?

Being gay in any part of Russia has never been easy and has been getting more difficult over the last few years. But suddenly in the last few weeks it has become deadly for gay men in Chechnya. Multiple reports of imprisonment and torture at the hands of government actors have emerged, targeted towards specifically gay men.

Kony 2012

I remember very clearly when “Kony 2012” came out. It went viral immediately, and yet did not seem to receive a lot of critical attention, despite the many questions it raised about the charity’s role, specifically its neutrality, in the fight it purported to merely be advertising. Those questions become even more pertinent now, as … More Kony 2012

Turkey’s Referendum

The wave of referenda continues. The next one is in Turkey, where President Erdogan is hoping to get the public to vote through a set of constitutional changes that would greatly increase his power along the lines of Russia’s President Putin. There is organised opposition in the “no” camp, it remains to be seen what … More Turkey’s Referendum