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Female entrepreneurship: laws are not enough

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By Nour Honein

While there is much concern over the lack of female entrepreneurs in first world countries, the gender gap in developing countries is even greater. Poverty, lack of proper identifying information, and little to no access to banking services leave more than 1.3 billion women out of the formal financial system (World Bank). These women then lack the basic financial tools necessary for asset ownership and economic empowerment. But is this the only obstacle? Read the rest of this entry »

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Flogged for Blogging

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By Flavio Baroffio

When writing my articles for the “UNO, You Know?!” Blog I don’t have to fear to be thrown into jail or being tortured for expressing my opinions. Unfortunately that could happen to me if I lived in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is now in jail for already three years because he was doing exactly the same thing I did : expressing his opinion in a blog. His wife Ensaf Haidar, now living in exile in Canada with their three children, was a guest at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. She was interviewed by the journalist Tom Gross. In the following article I would like to share with you the story of Raif Badawi based on the interview given by his wife. Read the rest of this entry »

The Yemen Conflict – What Role Does Iran Play?

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By Camille de Félice, translated by Amy Reid and Emily Milne

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Yemen has experienced a series of significant demonstrations. These demonstrations led to President Saleh stepping down in November 2011, and being replaced by Mansour Hadi in February 2012. Quickly, the north of the country was engulfed in rising tensions, which progressively spread to other provinces. Read the rest of this entry »

Under the Influence: The “Bali Nine” and the Effectiveness of the Death Penalty

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by Ashlee Pitts

Warning sign for drug trafficker violation in Jakarta. Photo credit: Serenity, Wikimedia Commons.
Warning sign for drug trafficker violation in Jakarta. Photo credit: Serenity, Wikimedia Commons.

Bali, a beautiful island with stunning views of the ocean, breathtaking volcanic mountains and daily Balinese offerings made by the local women that lie peacefully on nearly every corner. Bali continues to be a popular vacation destination for visitors all over the world. The excitement of the tourists after stepping off the plane and witnessing the initial scenery through the windows of Denpasar airport quickly vanishes when the drug trafficking warning appears. The less than subtle cautionary sign enlightens drug smugglers of the consequences that would follow if they are caught with any illicit contraband. The Indonesian government assures the world that this is no idle threat.

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Behind the scenes of the Arab spring

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by Tuuli Orasmaa

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On November 29th, an ‘anticapitalist, feminist and ecologic movement’ based in the French part of Switzerland called SolidaritéS, organized a two-days’ debate around the constantly current topic of the Arab spring: Mass movements and revolutionary processes in the Middle East and North Africa. Many different angles were treated to give the audience a more complete image of the phenomena but the most enlightening speech took a look of what is happening behind the scenes: the impact of the petrol states on the Arab spring. Read the rest of this entry »