Skip to main content

Posts

The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Yemen is the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world with more than 24 million people, out of the 29.8 million total of population*, in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 12 million children. This means that more than 80% of the population is affected, as a consequence of  the conflict that escalated in March 2015 that led the country into being severely devastated by a civil war.  According to the YemenData Project, more than 17.000 civilians were killed and injured since the begining of the conflict, and a quarter of all civilians killed inair raids were women and children. Furthermore, more than 10 million of people are at risk of famine and, because of this, in 2018 the United Nations declared it is "the worst humanitarian crisis in the last 100 years." About 70% of the population lives with less than 1$ (dolar) a day, and many employees and pensioners have not received any salary since 2016. Given this and the fact that the economic status is not favor…
Recent posts

Racism in Portugal: Actor Bruno Candé brutally murdered

Bruno Candé, Portuguese actor, was shot four times last Saturday, 25 July, in the afternoon while walking with his dog. The suspect is an 80-year-old man. The crime occurred in Moscavide in Loures, near Lisbon.

"The killer had already threatened with death three days earlier, uttering several racist insults. Given this circumstance is evident character premeditated and racist this heinous crime," the statement made by Bruno's family  to the Portuguese press.
Some witnesses at the scene said the man who allegedly killed Bruno had said several racist phrases, including "Go to the Senzala*", before killing the actor.
Soon after the crime, the elderly man tried to escape but was stopped  by the people who were close by, who surrendered him until the police arrived. The homicide is being investigated, and the elderly remains in detention.
Bruno left three children, a 3 year old girl and two 7 and 6 year old boys. Family members stated that he was "an extremely affa…

Protests against the Prime Minister in Bulgaria

From the beginning, the vast majority of protests took place peacefully. There were few cases of vandalism and confrontation with police forces, it was reported that some protesters were arrested.






Article Written by:Millena FerrazSources:https://www.politico.eu/article/corruption-crisis-puts-bulgarian-prime-minister-boyko-borissov-on-the-ropes/https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/bulgarian-prime-minister-seeks-resignation-of-975617.htmlhttps://www.dw.com/en/bulgaria-politics-fuels-protests/a-54164832https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-protests-corruption-idUSKCN24E2PP

Bride Kidnapping

Bride Kidnapping is the term given to marriage that results from kidnapping women. This is a practice in which a man abducts the woman he wishes to marry, so the woman is enslaved by her abductor, raped and taken as his wife. Bride kidnapping has been practiced around the world and throughout prehistory and history, and it continues to occur in countries in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazahstan, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia and other parts of Africa, among people as diverse as the Hmong in Southest Asia, the Tzeltal in Mexico, the Romani in Europe, and the tribes in amazon jungle in South America. In most nations, bride kidnapping is considered a sex crime rather than a valid form of marriage.

Countries where marriages are arranged and forced: (see the map below)
[Black] Ordinary forced marriage (which may involve kidnapping); [Carmine] Predominant child marriage; [Red] Predominant arranged marriage (not inbreeding); [Ocher] Arranged marriage (mainly between cousins); [Yellow]

Racism: a world issue

On May 25, in the United States of America, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a convenience store employee called 911 and told the police that Floyd bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. During the arrest, Derek Chauvin, one of the police officers that were sent to the scene, knelt on his neck and back for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Seeing the excessive use of police force, since George Floyd was collaborating with the detention and posed no threat, several people joined in asking the police to get off of him, mainly because Floyd complained several times about being hurt and constantly said "I can't breathe". As time went by, videos made by witnesses display Floyd showing no signs of life, and neither Chauvin moved away or his colleagues tried to stop him; officer Derek Chauvin only removed his knee from George's neck when the paramedics arrived at the scene and told him to, although it was too late - Geor…

Celebrating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

On May 29, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated. Usually known as "Blue Berets" or "Blue Helmets", Peacekeepers are civilian, police and military men and women who come from different backgrounds and cultures, but work together in order to protect the ones who are exposed to any kind of threats and provide support to countries in transition from conflict to peace. They can supervise cease-fires to protect civilians and monitor peace processes in post-conflict areas, protect human rights, support free and fair elections, disarm ex-combatants, promote the rule of law, economic and social development, minimize the risk of land-mines, and more.
United Nations peacekeeping was initially developed during the Cold War in 1948, starting with United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) and United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) operations, with the intent of resolving conflicts between states by deploying…