An illiberal putsch attempt in Bosnia | Opinions

The results of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s October 2 general election, the eighth since the conclusion of the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, saw the country’s citizens deliver shock defeats to segments of the ruling nationalist oligarchy. Bosnian post-war politics have been dominated by a clique of nationalist parties which have maintained power by fomenting sectarian divisions, while … Read more

How the European far right coopted an Arabic letter | Opinions

After her right-wing coalition won the September 25 elections in Italy, Giorgia Meloni is set to become the country’s next prime minister. In the lead-up to the vote, there was a lot of media attention focusing on her neo-fascist background and her campaign which recycled the Mussolini-era slogan “God, homeland, family”. But one aspect of … Read more

The world needs a new solution to its landmine problem | Poverty and Development

Eight years after war started in eastern Ukraine and six months after Russia launched a full-scale invasion, Kyiv is facing a major mining problem. With an estimated 160,000 square kilometers contaminated by landmines, Ukraine is now one of the world’s most heavily mined countries. To put that in perspective, that is an area almost double … Read more

African leaders are colonial too – now is the chance to change | Politics

The death and funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II have rightly provided much occasion for exploring the often ignored, brutal history of British colonialism – the story of the country’s murderous subjugation and plunder of populations across the world and the royal family’s role in it. It was gratifying to see so many people refuse … Read more

Brazil, it is time to wake up from your Bolsonaro nightmare | Politics

In the aftermath of Brazil’s last general election in 2018, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page the victory of Jair Bolsonaro – a former low-ranking army officer, far-right fringe politician, and fan of Brazil’s sadistic military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. According to one bizarre article by the right-wing writer Mary Anastasia O’Grady, there was … Read more

Liz Truss’s neoliberal blitz is doomed to fail | Business and Economy

Our new prime minister is on a mission. A devotee of the free market, Liz Truss once described Britain as “a nation of Uber-riding, Deliveroo-eating, Airbnb-ing freedom fighters”. But the freedom she really wants is for a select group. It’s those at the very top of society that Truss wants to free from the shackles … Read more

Don’t be fooled — ‘mellow’ Meloni could still Orban-ise Italy | Politics

Far-right strongwoman Giorgia Meloni has emerged as the undisputed winner of Italy’s general election held last Sunday. She is likely to become the next prime minister, and her government will probably get the confidence of parliament. Given her credentials and her party’s links to neofascist movements, two questions are particularly pressing. Has Meloni been moderating … Read more

What Ethiopia can teach the US about abortion rights | Women’s Rights

As an Ethiopian American, I am disturbed that the United States is rolling back the reproductive rights of American women and girls, one state at a time. Unlike most Americans today, I grew up in a country where abortion bans once restricted reproductive autonomy and claimed many lives. Now I believe that the same country … Read more

Misogynoir in sports: How Black women athletes are devalued | Opinions

This is a world of anti-Blackness, one where the contributions of African people and of the African diaspora are erased, stolen, or undervalued. This is double so for Black women across the globe and it is quite apparent in the way Black women athletes are treated. Their achievements cannot be celebrated without a hypercriticism of … Read more

Russia’s war is a crime, but all sides face legal questions | Russia-Ukraine war

The United Nations General Assembly has condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in violation of the UN Charter, which only allows the inter-state use of force for self-defence or under the Security Council’s authorisation. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have also … Read more