Suppressing protests by use of force does not attain peace but suppressed violence. Truth is, the latter is more detrimental than the former. Contrary to the belief in the minds of many, peaceful demonstrations as a tool for passing a message to authority, an individual or a group of people, if properly employed, is a…

Wars and conflicts have forced more people to flee their countries than any time since World War II. In Europe, more than a million migrants arrived in 2015, sparking a ‘migration crisis’ as countries struggled to cope with the numbers. The Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which has gradually been set up and expanded since…

IFLRY Online is IFLRY’s new initiative to allow liberals from all over the world to interact with each other more online.  In that spirit, IFLRY Vice President Nickolas Pagonakis is organising regular online seminars, in which different people in the IFLRY network explain more about the political situation in their country. These seminars are recorded…

A prerequisite for democracy is the freedom of speech and expression. Even though this is widely acknowledged, we sometimes forget the whole picture. The representation of all groups in a society is not only important for the conversation climate and true democracy, but also to acknowledge everyone’s equal worth. To draw conclusions that are well-founded…

Singapore has been hit by political scandal. Yes, that clean, quiet, stable, protest-free city state; the one that’s supposedly good for business because there’s no political unrest and no independent trade unions. That Singapore. Yet, if you listened to the media here, you’d hardly guess it. The siblings of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have…

While travelling abroad and attending international events, I’ve encountered a range of different views about the Catalan independence process. Many are well-informed and sympathetic, however a few compare Catalonia’s   with other struggles for independence – that may seem similar at first, but which are in fact  completely different –  and find that reason enough to…

In our generation pride parades are considered by some people to be a capitalistic celebration, as it is all about drinks, branded underwear, rainbow products and “dirty” corporate sponsors. For some other people there is no need to organize pride parades as the LGBTQI+ Community has acquired “enough rights” and we can not give additional…

The study session on ‘youth and migration’ organized by the International Federation of Liberal Youth and the Council of Europe commenced on 15th May and ended on 19th May in Strasbourg, France. During the week, the participants were given an in depth look into the migration problem faced by Europe. The way of learning was…

以下請見中文版 Two days ago,  the constitutional court of Taiwan, the Judicial Yuan, ruled that the same-sex couples should have the right to get married – making Taiwan potentially the first country in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The court ruled that a stipulation in the civil code, stipulating that marriage could not be between two persons of the…