While the popular perception about African nations may be that they are home to various warring ethnicities and communities that are deeply steeped in age-old customs, traditions and beliefs, things have been taking a turn for the liberal for quite some time now. Many of these African nations, once embroiled in the internal turmoil and…

The court of Casablanca recently sentenced the leaders of the mass movement known as Rif Hakris to 20 years in prison. They were involved in protests which engulfed the Rif region of Morocco, and were found guilty of participating in a non-authorized protest. The charges were diverse, some of which included compromising state security, conspiracy…

Since the 1960s, a drastic decrease in military coups has been noted worldwide, yet challenges to democracy persist. Democracy is still threatened and attempts to end or weaken it are numerous, but they are less visible than the tanks of coup plotters or the armed party members of the 1930s: Modern threats to democracies are…

“Even at long odds, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.” –Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez It is often said that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Whether you dream of the bright Broadway lights, the booming boardrooms, or a busy, boozy work/life balance, finding success in your field in New York…

Wednesday the 27th of June 2018 was a historical day for the (political) climate in The Netherlands. On this day, seven political parties presented their proposal for a “Climate Law.” If it is passed, it will make the Netherlands the eighth country with a law regulating carbon emissions (after the UK, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway,…

“The world is a mess. The world is as angry as it gets” – Donald Trump Liberalism and military matters have always been odd topics to square. As with most ideologies, there are nuances and varied interpretations of liberalism.  Generally though, when one takes a bird eye view of liberal ideology, there is a tendency…

Why do people sometimes stand up against tyranny, and sometimes simply put up with it? The answer to this question has so many factors that it is hard to come up with a single answer. Still, I believe the main driving force for people to fight against tyranny is that simple feeling: Hope. Especially after…

Someone once said that human rights start with breakfast. It is an inherent part of any human’s life. Still, if we look around the world today we’ll see there are numerous violations of these rights, including murders, torture, illegal imprisonment, gender inequality, and disrespect towards minorities to name but a few.  In many cases, such…

One of the striking features of liberal democracies is freedom of expression; it is legitimately guaranteed as a fundamental human right. This right can be expressed through the ballot to select leaders for the governance of state, public and private organisations. Its expression is reflected in Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration of Human…