Learning about Civic Spaces — Online?!

Usually, Shrinking Civic Spaces seem like the perfect seminar topic to discuss on the ground — to visit said spaces and meet people in person. IFLRY was all set to do that, but then Covid-19 hit. The pandemic forced the…

The Problem with Pandemic Bonds

In 2017, the World Bank launched “Pandemic Bonds”, specialized bonds to provide financial support to the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF). The creation of the PEF was announced by the World Bank in May 2016 at the meeting of G7…

Coronavirus Phobia: My Views As a Pakistani Medical Student, Studying in China

Since the public revelation of NCOVID19 in January 2020, there has been a steep rise in cases of phobia induced racism all around the world. While it’s normal for people to fear the unknown, what makes things worse is the…

Is the War in Afghanistan Finally Coming to a Close?

Afghanistan has been in conflict since 1978. In 1979 the Soviets invaded, to prop up the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. When they left ten years later, a lengthy and brutal civil war followed (or rather continued), in which different factions…

Likud wins elctions – Third Israeli standoff in one year

On the 2nd of March Israel held parliamentary elections for the third time in one year. Between the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Middle East conflict and the indictment of Netanyahu the national elections almost fell into oblivion. Though, unexpectedly, the…

Ida’s Blog #8: From Belfast to Beirut

It feels like ages since my last blog post! It’s my last month in London (how crazy is that?!), and a lot of things are happening.  At the moment I’m in Belfast with my colleagues from Liberal International. We have…

Fifty Years of Pride: Why the Fight Continues

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…

8 Things You Might not Know about Refugees

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…

My Not-Life-Changing Trip to Israel and Palestine

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…