In Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights address painful paradoxes

In a world where so much blood is shed for religion, Rabbis for Human Rights believes that the Jewish faith must be a force for human rights. A contribution from Jerusalem to the openGlobalRights debate, “Religion and Human Rights”. Españolעברית

Rabbis for Human Rights and other groups hold a nonviolent demonstration alongside the inhabitants of Wallaje in the Bethlehem province against the establishment of a new settlement. Demotix/Richard Stitt. All rights reserved.

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Algeria’s presidential elections: a litany of failures by the political class has wasted a golden opportunity for change

Taking place sixty years since the Algerian revolution, today’s presidential elections presented the perfect occasion for the country to turn a new leaf after decades of mismanagement and stagnation. Instead, a litany of political and moral failures by the political class.

In Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights address painful paradoxes

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2830:]]In a world where so much blood is shed for religion, Rabbis for Human Rights believes that the Jewish faith must be a force for human rights. A contribution from Jerusalem to the openGlobalRights debate, “Religion and Human Rights”. Españolעברית 

Muslim NGOs, aid, and human rights

Drawing on studies of Muslim aid organisations in Britain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Bangladesh, the author explores how these organisations do and don’t engage with human rights. She identifies three potential areas of contention as well as some of the strategies the organisations adopt to overcome these dilemmas. Français, Español, العربية

One life in investigative journalism

A Q&A with Clare Sambrook, OurKingdom co-editor and co-founder of the ‘End Child Detention Now’ campaign. Interviewer: Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, writer-in-residence at Lacuna.

Why I'll move to Scotland after I graduate if it votes yes

One Durham University student explains why he'll be moving north if it's a yes vote in Scotland.

The politics of 'regeneration' in Euston

It is absurd to replace inadequate housing for the poor with adequate housing for the poor - let's not repeat the mistakes of the past. Shiny regeneration will shift them out to somewhere they can afford and provide great opportunities for property speculation to boot. This is London, after all.

Polite people with guns

For 20 years Russians saw Ukraine as a parody of Russia, because 'Ukraine isn't Russia.' Now, our neighbours are suddenly our enemies; and nobody is laughing. How did we get here?

Why are they protesting in Rome?

April 12 saw violence break out in the capital of Italy as protesters responded to new reforms proposed by current Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that would create significant reductions to public sector spending.

North African diversities: Algeria in flux

Algeria’s circles of power and their relationship to a complex society and history are hard to grasp. Francis Ghilès describes his own route to understanding the country in the post-independence era, when the heavy legacy of the past mixed with the confident idealism of the present.

“We are all brothers in the end”. Three conflicts, three generations; Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees in Jordan

Madaba is a large town in central Jordan and host to many of its neighbours' refugees. There has been some tension between Syrian refugees, Palestinians and Jordanians. But what is the current situation between the new Syrian arrivals and the local people?

Hawaii and Crimea

In 1898, Hawaii was officially annexed to the US illegally under a joint resolution of Congress, with the US using the excuse of ‘military necessity’ in the advent of the Spanish-American War.

Affirmative action: friend or foe?

Affirmative action refers to policies and legislative measures that take into consideration factors such as gender, religion, race or colour, and that tend to correct certain social imbalances by promoting an underrepresented group using different tools.

The selective awareness of Wisdom 2.0

Take an ancient practice, remove it from its context, strip away its ethical imperatives and sell it for a profit. Is the goal of the corporate mindfulness movement to comfort the already comfortable? 

Counting the cost of conflict

Casualty recording has redefined efforts to protect civilians in conflict, and provide aid and accountability to victims of violence. But with an absence of political will to respond to conflict, what good are the numbers? 

US position over Iran’s ambassador generates confrontation with UN

If the UN does not act to reject this precedent, it will contribute to an international erosion of faith in its own integrity and independence -precisely the kind of behaviour which the carefully crafted ‘headquarters agreement’ was designed to prevent.

From Skouries to Athens, the struggle of Greek women against austerity

As Greece’s protracted crisis disappears from the international headlines, violence against women is both exacerbated by and mirrors the structural violence of austerity. The resistance of Greek women takes place on several fronts.

Religion as a human rights liability

Although many human rights movements have religious underpinnings, explicitly linking religion to human rights can lead to the exclusion and persecution of minority groups. To protect the rights of those minorities, we must work to keep religion separate from human rights. A contribution from Pakistan to the openGlobalRights debate, “Religion and Human Rights”. Español, اُردُو‎ العربية

Human rights abuse in Burma and the role of Buddhist nationalism

Myanmar is taking significant strides towards political and economic liberalization after decades of military dictatorship, yet a series of violent attacks against Muslims is shaking confidence in the country. Surprisingly, Buddhist monks support much of the violence, notes Wai Yan Phone. ภาษาไทย,

Keeping alive the spirit of Greenham Common

As Britain commemorates the First World War a writer seeks out and listens to some of the women who created Britain's most compelling peace movement.

The many legislatures under Westminster's wing

There are around 18 legislatures responsible to Westminster, spread across the world and with a whole plethora of constitutional arrangements.