In this post, I would like to explore the idea of Western centrism a little in regards to the terror attacks in Paris and America’s response to those attacks.
Development rhetoric in classrooms and on global policy levels that omit discussing the role and responsibility of the state in strengthening social services such as education should be regarded with skepticism. It is essential to question stakeholder interests when development is framed as a linear relationship between international agencies and local beneficiaries with zero or limited consideration of the complex, and often exploitative relationship between state actors. By removing the state from the development equation, we undermine the importance of good governance as well as absolve political leaders from their obligations to their people. Continue reading
For twenty days, Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers have participated in a sit-in in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) building in Amman, Jordan.
As violence escalated in Jerusalem throughout October, Israeli security forces declared “new military zones” in the Palestinian neighborhoods of Ras al-Amood and and Jabal al-Mukaber in East Jerusalem. The creation of these military zones authorizes forces to build new checkpoints, place snipers on rooftops, set and enforce curfews, and close businesses, mosques, and schools. The Middle East Monitor reports that in Ras al-Amood, 5,000 children were prevented from attending school. Continue reading
Wednesday, November 25 marked the United Nations’ International Day of the Elimination Violence Against Women. Numerous events took place around the world calling for an end to violence against women and girls. Hundreds of iconic monuments were lit in celebration of the “Orange the World” theme. Orange was chosen as the color to symbolize a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls. The campaign was to help unify the large-scale social mobilization for these efforts. If only the world would “orange” the violence against the Chibok schoolgirls. Continue reading