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. … More Purging Gay Men in Chechnya?
South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has been in a state of incredibly violent civil war for years now. It is one of four countries in the midst of a deadly and desperate famine that is entirely due to the state of conflict, rather than natural phenomena. It shows no signs of slowing down, and … More Solution for South Sudan
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
South Korea’s president has now been impeached and removed, with new elections likely in the beginning of May. Given, however, the rising tensions in the region due to provocations from North Korea, uncertainty from Trump, and the deployment of a missile defense shield in South Korea that is making China upset, this is not a … More South Korea’s Identity Issue
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
Spain is known globally, and gently mocked globally, for its tradition of siestas and late nights. The reasons for this cultural practice are rooted more in politics than behavioural preference though, and directly caused by Spain’s fascist past.
My apologies on the late update, I’ve been hospitalised for a few weeks due to a torn acl and meniscus from a soccer match. Although I cannot walk, I have the ability to think and express my opinions (which I’m greatly thankful for), so here’s a post I’ve been reading about from the hospital bed … More Update: Kony 2012
One of the many things President Trump has done is re-impose the “global gag rule”, which prevents any clinic or health facility that receives American aid money from discussing abortion and in some cases other forms of family planning. This can be devastating for countries around the world. In response, a Dutch minister created “She … More Fighting the Global Gag Rule
So here it goes. I haven’t been talking much about politics since the 2016 election and President Park’s suspension of powers in December. There are quite a few reasons to this, but let me talk about her impeachment for a moment. As NYT puts it outright, this is the evidence of “evolution of young democracy”. … More Political Chaos in South Korea
Lots has been happening in and related to North Korea recently, but despite the rash of missile tests, what has really been gripping the public imagination has been the highly visible and increasingly fantastic assassination of Kim Jung-un’s exiled brother in Malaysia. As more details emerge of how Kim Jong-nam was killed and potential reasons … More North Korea