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…

In his book Don’t think of an Elephant cognitive scientist George Lakoff explains how the language used in political debates often predetermines the outcomes of those debates. The reason for this is that different ways of describing something induce in us different ways of understanding an issue. This is very powerful, because even though we…

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…

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…

The difficulty of the Brexit negotiations arises mainly from misunderstandings on both sides. However, with the UK becoming significantly more realistic, the possibility of no deal is no longer at stake. Recently, the Brexit negotiations have seen major progress. The UK government is rapidly conceding on many points, such as extending any special status given…

Oceans play a crucial role in the regulation of the earth’s climate. That is why Melvin John & Ina Djuren, who attended the first week of COP23 on behalf of IFLRY, used the conference to get deeper insights into the subject. The ocean is our biggest climate regulator and an important carbon sink. Due to…

In this series of articles, members of the executive of Africa Liberal Youth explain what they believe to be the most pressing political and social issues facing young people in Africa. From Casablanca to Cape Town, Dakar to Nairobi, all African students enter university thinking one thing: obtaining a degree will change their lives for…

On the third of September, 16 million Germans watched a TV debate between incumbent German chancellor Angela Merkel from the Christian Democrats (CDU) and her contestant Martin Schulz from the Social Democrats (SPD). The debate took place three weeks before the federal election on September 24. Much has been said about the debate. Most viewers…

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…