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From Around the World

We bring you underreported stories, mostly from the Global South, that rarely make it into the global news cycle. Take a closer look with us at societies, their histories, and the people who make for inspiring stories.

From Around the World: Find the Stories Beyond the Headlines

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia: The World's Strongest Yet Unhappiest Marriage?

Despite their turbulent relationship, the United States and Saudi Arabia are unlikely to give up their alliance and look for alternatives. For the United States to maintain its position in the region, to contain Iran, and to limit China’s influence in the Middle East, the country cannot burn bridges with one of its most important strategic allies. What is Saudi Arabia's view on this relationship?

The Steady Rise of Biometric Technology in Africa

From colonialism to democracy, the collection of biometric information has a longer history on the African continent than many would believe. With the continent's population still growing rapidly and (mobile) internet access spreading to even the most rural of areas, this article shares some insightful and perhaps surprising examples of biometric technology in Africa with you.

Shedding Light on The Cambodian-Thai Border Industry

The Cambodian-Thai border has a habit of sporadically opening and closing. A Cambodian boomtown situated at the border was once a sleepy agricultural village. Characterised by rapid population increases and economic growth, the town of Poipet has recently splurged on a facelift. Thanks mainly to the patronage of neighbouring Thais, whose own country bans gambling, its casino resorts are turning the town into Cambodia's little Las Vegas. It makes for a fascinating case study on border economies.

A Landmark Referendum in Cuba

In September 2022, Cuba overwhelmingly voted to progress the rights of women and of the LGBT+ community in a referendum on the country’s Family Code. The outcome will be a game changer. It was also only the second time in 45 years that Cubans have had the opportunity to express their political beliefs in a democratic form.

The 2022 Rise in Terror Attacks in Israel

Only ten months after the 2021 Gaza War and Israel’s Guardian of the Walls Operation, Israel finds itself in yet another cycle of violence. The wave of terror that swept through Israeli cities between March and June 2022 has been one of the most severe Israel experienced throughout the past two decades. While earlier attacks have been concentrated mainly in the area of greater Jerusalem, this year the violence has spread to places all across Israel.

David v Goliath: A story of Ecuador’s Indigenous Community

The Waorani indigenous group of the exuberant Southern region of Ecuador are one of 14 indigenous nationalities currently in the country. Indigenous territories cover an 22% of our planet’s natural landscape and house an astonishing 80% of Earth’s biodiversity. In a trend discernible globally, indigenous peoples are banding together to challenge industries destroying their land.

Our Running Series on Looking at Structural Phenomena

A Look at Approaches to Development Practice

Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: A Taboo Too Long

The Fate of the BRICS

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party of China and also the start of a new era of China’s reform. Addressing all aspects of China’s development, its latest 5-Year Plan is highly significant in being the first one to embark on China’s quest to build a fully modernised socialist country. But the shifting global geopolitical landscape could proof a challenge...

Beauty can be deceptive: This country shows us the long-term consequences of war like no other.

To most of the world, Laos represents a beautiful country of rolling green hills and rice paddies. Few know of the dangers lurking just below the ground of this picturesque scene. Since the end of the Vietnam War, Laos has held the unfortunate title of being the most bombed country in human history. The effects of unexploded ordnances from that time go beyond simple safety risks.

Peace in Mexico - the women who make it happen

The National Women’s Institute in Mexico created the MUCPAZ Initiative, a grassroots women’s network that collaborates with public institutions to prevent gender violence. The MUCPAZ Initiative represents a cutting-edge endeavour deploying local and gender-balanced peacebuilding paradigms.

When children get caught up in world politics.

Still to this day, many North Koreans who live in Japan struggle to create a sense of belonging on the island they moved to decades ago. To provide its people with a cultural saturation and to pass on the Korean cultural heritage to future generations, the North Korean regime established ethnic schools across Japan. This is a story with two faces.

The shadow of history: Cameroon's struggles for peaceful coexistence.

Previously ruled by Germany, Cameroon was partitioned after Germany’s defeat in the First World War, with France being handed 80% of the country, whilst Britain was to rule the remaining 20%. It was during this colonial-era split that tensions began to rise between the French-speaking and English-speaking communities. Today, little has changed.

Vatican Secrets: the diplomatic power of the Church you never heard of

Where was Pope Francis between the 5th and the 8th of March 2021? On the 5th of March, he was greeted by Iraq’s Prime Minister, while being surrounded by dancers at Baghdad International Airport. On the 6th of March, he stood next to one of the most influential spiritual leaders of Iraqi Shia Muslims, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani. Together, they released a joint statement against religious extremism.

Afghanistan and the Fragmentation of the Taliban

Within the last two decades, the Taliban have been everchanging, taking on various shapes and sizes. It is a fascinating case study on the phenomenon of "rebel group fragmentation" - that is until they took the thrown of Afghanistan's government in August of last year.

The Stories from the Middle East

Read about the refugees whose husbands & fathers fought for ISIS

The Dark Art of Hostage Diplomacy

A city in the desert: Welcome to NEOM

The fascinating initiatives making education for girls in India easier.

A lot is being done to address the inequalities riddled throughout India’s education system. Take a look with us to explore persisting challenges to girls' education in India and the amazing initiatives popping up to tackle these problems.

The Basic Income Grant Debate in South Africa

Holding the spot as the most unequal society in the world, based on the GINI coefficient, South Africa’s socio-economic challenges are multifaceted. In the past, the liberation government deployed social grants to vulnerable parts of the population, but has expressed hesitation to financially assist working-age adults who are out of employment. That might be about to change.

Let us take you on a journey to the once bustling city of Aleppo, whose economy has been transformed during the current civil war. Once an ancient trade hub, Northern Syria is now a paradise for smugglers and looters. Syria exemplifies how an economy (dis-)functions in times of war. Where there is loss for many, there is opportunity for some...

Imagine a town which functions entirely underground. In the 21st century. Under the Earth's surface, there are restaurants, bars, hotels, restaurants, and homes. For approximately half of the population of Coober Pedy in Australia's Outback, living underground is the norm.

Yes, the Soviet Union applied for membership of NATO in 1954. But was NATO's very reason of existence not to defend its members against a potential Soviet threat? What is almost forgotten today could have changed the security dynamics of the Cold War for decades. Did the USSR carry out a stroke of diplomatic genius or was it all smoke and mirrors?

This is the (blurry) line between peace and conflict.

You might picture Sri Lanka as a country with beautiful landscapes and a wonderful Buddhist heritage. But since Sri Lanka's independence in 1972, its ethnic diversity has been a driving force of tensions that resulted in a civil war between the Tamil nationalist group, also known as the Tamil Tigers, and the Sinhalese government. Today, more than a decade after the end of the conflict in 2009, a peacebuilding process is still underway.

Dying to breathe: A case study in air pollution

Imagine living in a place where air pollution can reach 133 times the World Health Organization’s accepted, safe limit. That's the case in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. It can serve as a case study for the multitude of reasons causing air pollution. How can a city's air be polluted if located in the least densely populated country in the world?

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