5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Cuba

Photo by Emanuel Haas on Unsplash 1. Cuba has two currencies. These are the CUP (Cuban Peso) and CUC the (Cuban Convertible Peso). Most wages are paid in CUP, while most consumer goods are priced in CUC. Because the CUC is pegged to the US dollar and the CUP is not, this system greatly diminishesContinue reading “5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Cuba”

Prioritising Life: Media Bias in Times of Crisis

With news being broadcast 24 hours a day, and the ability to access the news from any location via mobile phones, we have the capacity to be better informed than we have ever been. However, there is a gross bias in the media which inhibits this ability. While some humanitarian disasters – both human andContinue reading “Prioritising Life: Media Bias in Times of Crisis”

Life Online: How our Social Media Culture Advances the Cause of Human Rights Advocacy

Social media has played a major role in publicising events at Standing Rock Indian reservation and as a platform for protests, both against the pipeline and against local authority responses to protests. More than 1 million Facebook users checked in to Standing Rock reservation in response to a call to ‘overwhelm and confuse’ the MortonContinue reading “Life Online: How our Social Media Culture Advances the Cause of Human Rights Advocacy”

New Technologies and Human Rights: What We Can Do

With the internet and new technologies integrating and transforming nearly every aspect of our daily lives, new forms of expression have emerged. From online petitions to #hashtags and viral trends, new technologies are firmly engraining themselves in our everyday organization and association, gradually revolutionizing the way we take action. Concurrently, the way human rights issuesContinue reading “New Technologies and Human Rights: What We Can Do”


Speaking in her now famous address at the United Nations Headquarters on September 20, actress Emma Watson defined feminism as, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” Watson felt the need to provide this definition afterContinue reading “#HeForShe”


Anyone who was paying close attention to either world news or social media back in April will remember a campaign called #BringBackOurGirls. It has been nearly six months since almost 300 schoolgirls were abducted from the Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The media covered this story extensively,Continue reading “#BringBackOurGirls”

The future of Saudi Arabia lies in Hamza Kashgari

(and incidentally, vice versa…) On the occasion of Mawlidon February 4, 2012, Hamza Kashgari, a columnist for the Jeddah-based daily Al-Bilad, published three tweets about an imagined meeting with Muhammad, addressing him as an equal. One tweet read, “On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, IContinue reading “The future of Saudi Arabia lies in Hamza Kashgari”