Around the world people are dying because they refuse to hate. Every day, people are killed because they stand up for tolerance, deny xenophobes, defy racists and counter religious hatred with tolerance, understanding and charity – principles deeply interwoven with some of the world’s great states and great religions. Identity-based hate crime is only… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Peace and security
‘Know what you don’t know,’ said one of the trainers. I immediately took it as a philosophical cue, conjuring up an amalgamation of words I don’t know – from aardvark (is it an office supply item?) to zyzzyvas (a type of shoe?). Right. I’m at a workshop for journalists on identification of small arms and… Read more »
Real and perceived governance deficits pose risks to progress made in addressing inequalities in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Although the new development agenda places inclusive societies, peace and institutions as a priority, the relationship between governance and inequality is still not well understood.
The recent news out of Kosovo has been bleak. The tensions between the ruling coalition and opposition is growing, while public protests against recent agreements with Serbia and Montenegro have turned violent. But let’s take a step back and look at the other side of the story.
On December 24, Greek Cypriot Leader, Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader, Mustafa Akinci, gave a joint New Year message announcing their hopes for peace and prosperity on a reunified island. The message is perhaps an indication of major developments to come in 2016. Changes in the political narrative since the election of Mustafa Akinci… Read more »
At a time of escalating conflict globally, the demise of the venerable ‘foreign correspondent’ is ironic. Many will argue that it was about time that the privileged and monopolistic world of the (mainly white male) foreign correspondent was blown open by a more inclusive, egalitarian media landscape. The truth is that this broader shift in… Read more »
When it comes to real-life crime, if police and forensic agencies are the Sherlocks, their equipment is definitely the “Watson”. It is the combination of the expert’s eye and the latest in crime-fighting tech that leads to the crucial “Aha!” moment.
A brief analysis of Montenegrin history reveals a story beset by struggle and armed conflict. The culture of ‘bearing arms’ has long stood beside the traditional definition of manhood, dignity: physical proof of the ability to defend your loved ones.
13 nationalities live in Osh side by side. The sheer fact of living around this multiculturalism is inspiring. Yet the communities themselves are so disconnected from one another that it’s easy to forget such diversity exists in the first place. Take, for example, my seven-year-old sister, who is awestruck as I hand her dolls dressed… Read more »
In early July 2015, two Czech tourists were gunned down in the hauntingly beautiful mountains of northern Albania. The 25-year old suspect, who allegedly committed the crime with an old, communist-era Kalashnikov, was arrested a couple days later.