‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’…just doesn’t exist. No matter how loud you say it.

Sami Hamdi Western Europe

On 14th August a French court ruled that the banning of the ‘burkini’ was ‘necessary, appropriate and proportionate’ in the fight against terrorism. To any layman with the most basic understanding of human rights, the decision is nothing short of outrageous. But, surprisingly, the decision is perfectly in line with the French principles of ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’.

The French have a bad habit of ignoring claims of financial sleaze 

Nabila Ramdani Western Europe

A suspected criminal has been reappointed to arguably the most powerful position in world banking. Christine Lagarde’s second five-year term as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was this month unopposed by anyone on its executive board, despite the fact that she is due to face trial in Paris for “financial negligence” and could spend up to a year in prison if found guilty.

Yes, ‘migrants’ are human- why are media outlets only discussing this now?

Soumaya Hamdi Western Europe

In April already 1, 700 men, women and children had died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life. The death toll has now reached 2, 500. Why is it then that only the mainstream media outlets are discussing the human angle of being one of those desperate enough to undertake this perilous journey?

TTIP is about US hegemony. No more, no less.

Ismail Qaiyim US, Western Europe

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), which includes China–the world’s second largest economy–are all noticeably absent from these FTAs. Many of the BRICS countries favor state-led industrialization, as opposed to the neoclassical economic orthodoxy of private sector-led growth and selective austerity favored by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The United States is the only country that appears in both the TPP and TTIP, a likely indicator that American private and public interests are driving these two agreements forward.

Migrants are human. We in the UK need to learn that.

Soumaya Hamdi Europe, UK, Western Europe

The migrant saga has exposed a glaring hypocrisy amongst us Europeans, particularly here in the UK. For whilst our leaders revel in our international role in promoting democracy, human rights and good governance, we are unable to accept that doing so has in many instances created instability and sown the seeds for internal warfare…