Castro is dead and the Human Rights Pantomime lives on

David Emeka Ogbogu US

Since the death of Castro world leaders, state officials and media outlets poured scorn over the thought of attending his funeral. Simultaneously, many Western countries have suddenly decided to champion the cause of upholding human rights. Albeit, this topic article is centred on Fidel, the recent torrent of critique levelled at the former Cuban dictator reveals yet again the artful …

I am unable to congratulate Aung Suu Kyi on her victory

Sami Hamdi Asia

I was once a fan of Aung Suu Kyi. She was a human rights hero under house arrest by a dictatorial regime. She was released and the world celebrated. She needs no introduction. An inspiration to men and women alike and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Aung Suu Kyi was a model for all aspiring human rights activists. She demonstrated …

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…

Opinion: Sony runs from N. Korea

Nora Hamdi Asia, Korean Peninsula

From a satellite in Space, North Korea is merely a black spot, an anomaly compared to its bright technophile neighbours China and South Korea. Often called the most dangerous place on Earth, the Stalin-like state isolates itself and its 24 million inhabitants every day, making only feeble attempts to hide its dire economic situation and extreme human rights violations. North …

North Korea: The Inside Story

Nora Hamdi Asia, Korean Peninsula, World Politics

When Jihyun Park, a North Korean defector, agreed to conduct an interview with me, I could not believe my luck. It was an opportunity to speak with someone born and raised in one of the most mysterious and top secret countries in the world, and I was both curious and excited as to what she might share. Yet, I do …