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EU Commission President-elect is the Woman For the Job

The European Commission (EC) has officially elected a new president. Having served as Germany’s defence minister since 2013, Ms Ursula von der Leyen will fill the office come November. Born in Brussels and raised speaking French and English, Ms von der Leyen will become the first woman to occupy the EC presidential office when she […]

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Beware of Chinese bearing gifts

Since taking over the Presidency of the European Union on July 1st 2019, Finland has surprisingly found themselves receiving a great deal of attention from China in the form of delegation visits and official invitations. The high level representatives from Beijing, and their communist leaders, have not turned up empty handed either, arriving with gifts […]

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Has GSP+ trade genuinely influenced human rights?

The stated objective of Europe’s General Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) is to “help developing countries assume [and implement] the special burdens and responsibilities” of the 27 core international conventions on “human and labour rights, environmental protection and good governance” which must be ratified by any program beneficiary. This is done through the removal of […]

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A Ring, a Wedding, and Deceit

The prospect of a better life drives individuals around the world to seek out new opportunities that would benefit themselves and their families. Sometimes, this involves leaving their country of birth with the hope of obtaining a better quality of life elsewhere. In Pakistan, however, the attempt to improve the living conditions for themselves and […]

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Afghanistan’s Abusive Boy Play- “Bacha Bazi”

“We could hear the boys screaming at night, but we are not allowed to do anything about it.” These were the words of Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr. who overheard Afghan police officers abusing young boys in a practice referred to as bacha bazi while he was deployed in Afghanistan with the U.S Military in […]

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Rape Crimes Rise Unabated in Bangladesh

731 is the estimated number of rape cases involving women and children that have been reported in Bangladesh in just the first six months of 2019. This number was calculated by the Bangladesh women’s council based on newspaper articles, which means that the actual occurrence rates of rape in the country is likely to be […]

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Condemn or Condone – There are only two ways to face Dictatorship

The fact that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a dictatorship can not be challenged by anyone. It has all the attributes: a single-party system, complacent courts and media following the orders of the party, a Head of State appointed by the members of the single party and given a mandate for life, and […]

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‘Meaningful progress’ in lieu of ‘effective implementation’

Almost fifty years ago the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development urged developed countries to help developing countries integrate into the global economy by creating a Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). The European Union (EU) was among the first supporters to answer to this call and while 12 other countries have also set up […]

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Pacific island leaders urged to work together to tackle climate change

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama urged on Monday the leaders of the Pacific island countries to work together to deal with the climate change which is believed to be the biggest threat especially for the Pacific region. According to a Fijian government statement, Bainimarama made the appeal on Monday while addressing at a climate change […]

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President offers Eid-ul-Azha prayers at National Eidgah

President M Abdul Hamid today offered his Eid-ul-Azha prayers along with hundreds of people from all walks of life at the National Eidgah Maidan in the capital this morning. Country’s noted personalities, including chief justice, cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court, lawmakers, senior political leaders and high civil and military officials also offered prayers […]