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The questionable outcome of the Nagorno-Karabakh war

As for disagreement in the Azeri society, according to many political scientists, Aliyev himself does not see the Russain troops as a threat. Russian troops do not pose a danger to Aliyev as long as he is loyal to Russia. The fact that Russia is not as strong and threatening as it used to be …

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Who cares for stateless Rohingyas?

The massive numbers of refugees who fled to Bangladesh in 2017 joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who had fled Myanmar in the past. Kutupalong, the largest refugee settlement in the world, according to UNHCR, is home to more than 600,000 refugees alone.   The Rohingya crisis — the most terrible humanitarian disaster in South …

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A Norwegian feminist’s view on the pandemic

Norway is known to be one of the most equal countries in the world. Still, even here, we have received reports that the pandemic has pulled gender equality in the wrong direction. Surveys conducted by the Norwegian Gender Equality Centre concluded that the traditional gender role pattern has been strengthened. When a considerable part of …

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International Solidarity is Essential in the Fight against Authoritarian

International Solidarity is Essential in the Fight against Authoritarian Trends on a Global Scale

Freedom of expression is under pressure on a global scale. If we look at the annual reports from UNESCO, Reporters Without Borders, and Committee to Protect Journalists, the situation for press freedom is bleak.  The number of countries considered safe to work for journalists is declining. The pressure from authoritarian regimes against free media is …

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Recognition of Hijra as a third gender / Shuddhashar

Recognition of Hijra as a third gender: A boon or a bane for the community?

In November 2013, the Cabinet of the Bangladesh government in an unprecedented manner decided to recognize ‘Hijra’ as a gender marker effectively classifying 160 million people as male, female and hijra. The announcement, widely covered and revered by national and international media, caught many activists and especially the hijra community by surprise. Firstly, because it …

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No More Fake Candy! An Essay About Saving Democracy with Technocracy

Imagine a democratic society where politicians use all their resources on what they are meant to do, instead of engaging in manipulative and low standard verbal fights in the media. Currently, the stream of news media dictates the politicians, and politicians dictate the media. Never before have political parties used more money on public relations …

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