Why Libya Needs Italy

Sami Hamdi Europe

By Gesu Antonio Baez Twitter @JesusABaez   French Africa. British Africa. Even German Africa from times to time. The legacy of the colonial powers from the Berlin Conference in 1885 still haunts discussions around the African continent to this day, in particular concerning current relations between former colonial powers and former colonies. But Italian Africa? This is rarely in the …

‘Rapefugees’ and the Bewildered Herd

David Emeka Ogbogu Europe

“The Negroes are coming, hide your daughter, the Jews are coming hide your gold, the polish are coming; there taking our jobs… good lord the Chinese are rising too!” Do not fall prey to emotionally charged slurs, history is filled with enough instances of this which has not only tainted innocent victims, but, when logic prevailed, shamed and humiliated those …

As we stand with France, let us stand with the rest of the fallen victims

Sami Hamdi Western Europe

Paris was rocked by a devastating attack claiming over 200 lives. The disgraceful and shameless terrorist attack, claimed by ISIS, has sent shockwaves around the world with a minute’s silence observed in different countries and Facebook launching a ‘stand with Paris’ feature that allows the profile picture to be draped in French colours. The deplorable loss of innocent lives has …

Student solidarity across borders: Students, universities and refugee crises past and present

Op Ed UK

By Dr Georgina Brewis, Senior Lecturer in the History of Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. The summer of 2015 has seen an unprecedented number of refugees fleeing from Syria to Europe, with many citizen-led initiatives filling the vacuum where government support has been found wanting. At the forefront of these volunteers have been student groups who, …

War, Politics, and Football: Albania’s journey to Europe

Besar Zasella Balkans

“When I first started playing for Albania 12 years ago, I never thought this day would come but we always tried and have now managed to do it thanks to the willpower of this group, this fine generation of players…” – Albania captain Lorik Cana “This qualification is historic. We did not deserve the defeats at home [to Portugal and …

Behind Greece-Russia Relations: An Axis of Necessity or Trojan Horse Politics?

Ahmed Ghoneim Europe, World Politics

Greece’s energy Minister announced last week that his country will be signing a document on political support for Gazprom’s Turkish Stream project at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June. Greece will invest $2 billion in the construction of this controversial project. However the growing understanding between Greece and Russia should not be taken as unusual and indeed Athens-Moscow …

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…

Editor’s Piece: I condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings…but I am not sorry

Sami Hamdi Europe, World Politics

The barbaric and villainous killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists is no doubt a heinous crime. Indeed, Charlie Hebdo’s only crime was that it expressed an opinion. However erroneous one may believe that opinion to be, never is that a justification for a summary execution such as that which took place today. Rarely do the words of Voltaire ring so …