By Barbara Ciosk

The call for restitution of art is not recent. Since at least the 1960s, governments and museums across Africa have been asking for the repatriation of the looted cultural property. Unfortunately, too little avail. This March, however, the German government entered into historic talks to return to Nigeria the plundered Benin bronzes from their public museums. Although agreements, such as this one, offer new hope for the decolonization of the heritage institutions, they, in fact, have long been demanded by the rules of international law.

The Benin bronzes, discussed in the German-Nigerian agreement, are an array of…


By Aparna Rajeev

BARREN, WAR-TORN RIDDLED WITH BLOODSHED. It would truly be an understatement to say that this is how Afghanistan as a nation today is imagined by thousands if not millions of people around the world. The nation that once etched its name in the history books of the world on account of being positioned strategically at the crossroads of several mighty empires, today, however, spews blood and violence. Beginning with the Soviet intervention in the 1970s followed by the Taliban invasion and the United States occupation to carry out their “global war on…

Yoojin Seo

On April 11th, 2019, the Constitutional Court of Korea ruled that banning abortion is unconstitutional. There were two laws regarding the South Korean abortion ban: criminal law article 269 and 270. Article 269 punished women who underwent an abortion, while article 270 punished doctors who terminated the pregnancies under illegal circumstances. The Constitutional Court of Korea ordered that both laws should be revised before 2021, or the laws would be discontinued without amendments. The Blue House and the National Assembly had over a year to draft an amendment and, hopefully, prepare for the implementation of abortion. …

Barbara Ciosk

I’m googling: Abortion. In a split second, I’ve gotten 171,000,000 answers. On the top of the search page, a Wikipedia article states that abortion is “the ending of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus.” Reading the article further, I learn that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures when properly done and that delegalizing safe abortion increases maternal deaths.

Albeit formal, this description is full of politically charged allusions. Firstly, the definition emphasizes the medical nature of abortion by using the words ‘embryo’ and ‘fetus’ instead of an ‘unborn child’ — a…

Aparna Rajeev

Every new day is a struggle when living amidst the ravages of a pandemic-stricken world. However in February 2021 indeed this experience was elevated to a whole new level with the headlines “Myanmar back to square one” trending all over social media. The seizing of power by the military forces from the National League of Democracy headed by Aung Saan Suu Kyi, in the wee hours of February 1st indeed came as a shock to not only the people of Myanmar but the whole world. While Myanmar may have marked its transition to democracy about five years ago…

Federico Jannelli

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The United States and Turkey have been strong allies since 1952, as they have the first and second biggest armies in NATO. However, this friendship has suffered over recent years with the former taking on a more isolationist and unpredictable attitude and the latter disengaging from NATO, whilst taking on more “go alone” foreign policy ventures across the region.

In this article, I will argue that Erdogan will try to exploit the opportunity of having again a convinced multilateralist in the White House. Finding a compromise with Biden might bolster his image at home by solving domestic issues…

Máté Hekfusz

October 22 was a day of celebration for the right-wing nationalist PiS (Law and Justice), Poland’s ruling party. The country’s top court, the Constitutional Tribunal — its majority appointed by the party — ruled that abortions in the case of severe foetal disabilities were unconstitutional. As the vast majority of abortions in the country were done for that reason, the ruling was set to effectively ban the procedure. This was a major victory for the party and its close Catholic allies, paving the way for what had already been Europe’s strictest abortion — only allowing it in cases…

By Federico Jannelli

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The Inheritor of An Empire

Today Turkey is considered one of the major political powers in the Middle East, together with Iran and Turkey, as well as — arguably in a more emerging role — Saudi Arabia. In fact, if we take a look back at the past centuries, we can easily see that Turkey has played in the Middle East a more important role than any other contemporary regional power. It did so not as today’s secular Republic of Turkey, but as the Anatolian heartland of the erstwhile Ottoman Empire.

This article will describe Turkey’s recent…

By Máté Hekfusz

In its heyday in August 2018, German fintech company Wirecard was worth 42 billion dollars and had just been accepted into the prestigious German stock index, the DAX 30. Hailed as the ‘darling’ of the European fintech world, it was riding on a meteoric rise, bringing incredible profits and plentiful investment.

In June 2020, however, less than two years after their DAX listing, the company filed for insolvency, brought down by one of the worst accounting scandals in recent European history. With 1.9

By Sidra Dahhan

Source: Reuters — A Syrian refugee woman puts a face mask on a boy as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, in Al Wazzani area, in southern Lebanon, March 14, 2020

Almost one year ago today, mass protests erupted in Lebanon in demand for social and economic rights and change. However, in the time since, Lebanon has been debilitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beirut Explosion, and an increasingly deteriorating economic meltdown. Through all of this, the over 900,000 displaced Syrians who have fled to Lebanon since the start of the 2011 Syrian Civil War have witnessed the situation within the country has gotten worse.

In a nation that was already experiencing immense economic pressures prior to the start of this year, the increasing economic pressures have worsened…


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