Since the public revelation of NCOVID19 in January 2020, there has been a steep rise in cases of phobia induced racism all around the world. While it’s normal for people to fear the unknown, what makes things worse is the spread of fake news and wild conspiracy theories. I came back to Pakistan (my home…

Afghanistan has been in conflict since 1978. In 1979 the Soviets invaded, to prop up the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. When they left ten years later, a lengthy and brutal civil war followed (or rather continued), in which different factions – backed by different foreign powers – vied for control of the country. The United…

When Donald Trump became president of the United States of America in 2016, many feared that his straightforward and harshly announced policies might have a perceptible impact on the new world order – politically and economically. With him being a businessman, a certain “deal culture” was established in American politics. Tax cuts, immigration laws and…

Since the finalization of Indonesia’s new criminal bill, headlines like “Indonesia: Draft Criminal Code Disastrous for Rights”, “Indonesia protests over sex before marriage bill”, and “Indonesian couple fear pre-marital sex ban will make them criminals” have been the center of international media when the topic came to Indonesia: Attention that has, however, been limited to…

The People’s Republic of China is the second largest single economy in the world. Not just its GDP is impressive, but also Chinese growth rates outnumber almost every other economy in the world. There are Chinese cities – most of which you probably have never heard of – that are bigger than whole countries or…

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…

Thirty years ago, hundreds of thousands of students and workers shed their blood in one of the most gruesome massacres in history. Hundreds of thousands of deaths – deaths that became a symbol of a beginning. The beginning of China’s loud cry for democracy. Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping introduced China to a new economic…