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13 Oct, 2017
By Felipe Roa-Clavijo

Three insights on multidimensional poverty from the UN General Assembly

While most media attention at the United Nations General Assembly was focusing on President’s Trump’s first appearance at the UN, little attention was devoted to central themes, such as the fight against poverty.

Ending poverty is the first of 17 sustainable development goals that were agreed by member countries in 2015 and guide the international development agenda until 2030.

By
Jeff Crisp
05 Jun, 2015

Military madness in the Med

According to the United Nations, some 60,000 people, many of them from war-torn and poorly governed countries such as Eritrea, Somalia and Syria, have travelled across the Mediterranean Sea since the...

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26 May, 2015

Tough boys and docile girls? Questioning the use of corporal punishment in schools

Globally, corporal punishment is widely used in schools despite international concern about the effects on children and the implications for their capacity to benefit from school. And yet it persists....

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Hein de Haas
27 Apr, 2015

Let their people drown: how EU politicians have become tragic actors in a self-inflicted migration drama

In recent months, a record number of refugees and migrants have drowned in their attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea. According to recent UN estimates, in 2014 almost 220,000 migrants crossed the...

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Maidul Islam
21 Apr, 2015

Between nation-state and ummah’s appeal: the contradictions of Islamism in contemporary India and Bangladesh

Generally, Islamists believe in the Universalist concept of Ummah (Islamic community of believers), a supranational or transnational union. The Islamists’ call for unity of the Ummah is based on the belief...

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