On Saturday July 13th Eduard Hoeks, the Dutch ambassador to Ukraine, visited the Odesa International Film Festival in the Ukrainian port city of Odesa. During the event, the ambassador took a picture with the mayor of Odesa, Gennadyi Trukhanov. The Dutch embassy posted the picture on their official Facebook page on Saturday evening, stating that…

Recent events in Russia hint at an opportunity for a new political reality in the country. The release of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov a few weeks ago followed unprecedented though still somewhat small-scale protests. This sends a clear message to agents of change in Russia: nonviolent protest pays off – even in Russia. Investigative journalist…

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…

I came back from my trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories exactly one week before writing this. During this week I did many other things, but none of them would have prevented me from starting to put my thoughts about the experience down on paper. Instead, what prevented me from writing down my impressions,…

Today 10th December 2018 marks 70 years after the United Nations declared the universal declaration of Human Rights. The Africa Liberal Youth (ALY) joins the word in celebration of this important declaration. Human rights are inherent and should not be disrespected for any reason nor excuse. On this day we call on African governments to…

Until a few weeks ago, nobody was talking about the ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’; a relatively unknown, non-binding UN document on international cooperation in the field of migration. In the last few weeks however, one state after another raised concerns or withdrew from the compact. Now it has become the centre…

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…

For me, the more insane the idea – the more interesting it is to implement it. Today we have launched another rather insane project, which we have long dreamed of, thought about and will do our best now to make it a reality: we are launching a campaign to partially abolish visa requirement for Russian…