A Critical Time for Zambia – Luke Akal

Following its 12th Annual General Assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African Liberal Network (ALN) has grown to become the largest network of political parties in Africa. Indicative of Africa’s strong need for and demand of liberal democratic parties, the…

Introducing the new IFLRY Bureau – Pauline Kastermans

Dear liberal friends, First of all, thank you for your support! As newly elected IFLRY president, I am happy to introduce to you the other newly-elected members of the bureau: General Secretary Tone Bjørndal, from our member organisation Young Liberals…

Divine Nkrumah: The Man Who got Ghana’s Youth into Politics

The Progressive People’s Party of Ghana (PPP) was only recently founded when it entered the Ghanaian national elections in 2012. Although the party was a relative newcomer on the political spectrum in Ghana, PPP managed to come third in the…

Women’s rights are a global challenge – Samira Rafaela

During a training course in Nairobi last year I was once again reminded of the importance of women’s rights and global education. Last November the Council of Europe organized the 11th Africa-Europe training course for youth organizations in dynamic Nairobi,…

Thomas Hobbes: Liberty and Necessity

You can read an introductory post to Krijn’s series on liberal political philosophy here. Thomas Hobbes was an early modern English philosopher. In his treatise Of liberty and Necessity, Hobbes defines individual liberty as follows: “Liberty is the absence of…

International Drug Ban Fuels Terrorist Groups – Anniken Karlyme Wullum

The political debate on prohibition against drugs has changed more, and faster, than most people could have anticipated. Tolerating others’ use of substances you would never even touch is liberal in its essence. Every human has the right to decide…