After 20 years of negotiations, the free trade agreement between the European Union and the South American common market (Mercosur) becomes reality. It is an agreement comprising political, environmental and social cooperation in two areas totalling 773 million people and 122 billion euros of commerce in goods and services. Nonetheless, the agreement has been framed…

For countless Americans, owning a house is part of the American dream, but many younger generations are taking a different path, sometimeseven avoiding homeownership altogether. As of the end of 2018, just one in three millennials ages 34 and under owned a home, a rate that is between 8-9% lower than the corresponding homeownership rates…

Following a controversial Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in early September, many cities throughout the U.S. are stepping up their veteran housing game, especially in western states. In its 3-0 decision, the Court found that cities cannot criminalize individuals who are sleeping on sidewalks or public streets due to lack of housing. According…

Prides occur all year long, however, June specifically is known as Pride Month due to the many Pride events taking place at this time of the year. Prides emerge and grow all over the world, and yet they are often criticized for not having a political purpose anymore. How did Pride emerge in the first…

There are over 68.5 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes – with 25.4 million of them being officially classified as refugees. Most have been displaced for years. Millions of refugees globally continue to live through a litany of suffering, humiliation, injustice, racism, discrimination, slavery and obstacles that get…

Last weekend, I attended the California Democratic Convention; the annual gathering of activists, elected officials, and elected party officers and delegates, this year held in San Francisco. Among other things slated to happen was an election to replace the Party Chair ousted over allegations of sexual misconduct, countless resolutions covering everything from healthcare to international…

This article is the part of a series by the IFLRY Climate Change Programme, looking at how different countries are implementing the Paris Agreement. An introduction to the series can be found here. The United States of America (USA), is a federal republic and representative democracy in North America. It is the world’s fourth-largest country by land area and the third…

For years the sardonic label I’ve used to describe my traversing of Europe to friends and family has been “Sam’s Misery Tour of Dead Jews.” The carnage is historical of course, but also current. To name just a few examples: In 2012, a gunman murdered 4 Jews and wounded 4 others at a Jewish school…