Avoiding Conflict Minerals: Securing the Future of the Congolese Youth

The civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been fought since 1994, when Hutu rebels crossed the border from Rwanda following the genocide there. With Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola all involved to this day, the conflict is currently the deadliest ongoing conflict in the world. Eastern Congo, controlled by armed rebels,…

Sleepwalking Out of Europe? The Oxford Election Debate

Global Directions at Merton College, University of Oxford, held an election debate for parliamentary candidates running for the seats of Oxford West and Abingdon and Henley on the 11th of March. The debate, chaired by Dr Sergi Pardos-Prado, featured candidates Layla Moran (Liberal Democrats), Sally Copley (Labour), Alan Harris (UKIP) for Oxford West and Abingdon,…

Media at a Time of Rapid Change: The Oxford Media Convention 2015

Organized by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a leading progressive think tank, the fourteenth annual Oxford Media Convention was held on the 4th of March. This year’s focus was on the media industry at this time of rapid change. Topics of discussion included policies to support the production of high quality, original content…

Girls Talk London Launches Talk Show on International Women’s Day

First organized by the Socialist Party of America in memory of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, International Women’s Day was embraced by the Bolshevik Revolution and proclaimed an official holiday by Vladimir Lenin and Alexandra Kollontai. It has been adopted in the West ever since 1977, when the United Nations General…

The HSBC Scandal: One Rule for The Rich and Another For Everybody Else?

Last week saw the leak of documents presenting the names of approximately 130,000 potential tax evaders that used the Geneva branch of HSBC. The documents were obtained through the collaboration of news outlets such as the Guardian, Le Monde and BBC, as well as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Given the ongoing promotion of…

The Past and the Future of Turkey’s Kurdish Solution Process

Close cooperation with the AKP has cast doubt on the sincerity of the Kurdish movement’s often pronounced belief in democracy, given the AKP’s record of undemocratic and rights-violating policies. As long as the Kurdish movement backs the AKP in order to further its goals, it will be ceding to Erdoğan’s authoritarianism and injustices. The movement…

The Tunisian Presidential Election: The Beginning or End of Democracy?

The election of Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi as the new President of Tunisia in a runoff election against incumbent President Moncef Marzouki has generated much controversy. For some, Essebsi’s victory appears as a message that Islamism is no longer prominent in Tunisia. For others, Essebsi’s rise to power, alongside the Nidaa Tounes party’s victory in…

The Anti-Western Putin-Erdoğan Alliance: Masking Their Downfall?

The Vladimir Putin-Recep Tayyip Erdoğan alliance, following the joint press conference given by the two leaders in Ankara on the 1st of December, was received with joy and concern alike. Russia announced cooperation with Turkey, abandoning the ‘South Stream’ project that would have transported gas to Southeastern Europe through Bulgaria and the Black Sea. Putin also…

The Gender Gap: Structural Outplay of Sexist Ideology

Last week, the ninth Global Gender Gap Report was published by the World Economic Forum. The annual report was first published in 2006. The report measures the size of gender inequality in four areas: economic participation and opportunity, education, political empowerment, and health and survival. The economic measure covers salaries, participation and leadership. The education…