The Unintended Consequences of the Colombian Peace Agreement

Deforestation and violence aimed at those protecting the environment have increased in the post-conflict period following the 2016 permanent ceasefire agreement in Colombia. Photo: Katie Rodriguez / Unsplash

Of: Eleonora Moen

Deforestation is harmful in tropical areas, and most of the tropical regions of the world are located in conflict-ridden countries. Thus there is an often unexplored relationship between deforestation and conflict zones. In the case of Colombia, the peace process has led to an increase in deforestation, as well as an increase in violence on those who aim to protect the environment.

June 23, 2021, Long read, Magazine

Unpacking Iraq's Tishreen revolution: the complex politics of post-conflict Iraq

Young Iraqis took to the streets to demand an end of sectarian politics in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, October 2019.
Photo: Mondalawy, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Of: Ghadeer Hussein

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Baghdad's Tahrir Square in October 2019. They were chanting: “we want our country back”. What does that mean in post-conflict Iraq that 2018 had restored control over its territories and what are the driving factors for this uprising?

June 23, 2021, Long read, Magazine

Colombian Peace Process under Threat

Uncertainty surrounds the implementation of Colombia's peace agreement following the election of the new government.
Photo: Leonfhl: / Flickr

Of: Aarne Hakomäki

In 2016 the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached a historic peace agreement. Over four years later the peace stands on uncertain ground, as new political leaders fail to embrace it.

June 22, 2021, Long read, Magazine

A Successful Story of Regional Revitalization in Taiwan

Many people see rural areas as non-economical; however, the Taiwanese government has declared 2019 as Taiwan's Regional Revitalization Year to make a change. Photo: Pixabay

Of: Yi-Chia Chen

Regional revitalization is a concept originated from Japan in 2012. Since Taiwan is facing similar problems as Japan, the Taiwanese government also decides to adopt this concept to attract people to move to rural areas. Instead of focusing on redevelopment, revitalization comes to play an important role.

May 3, 2021, Long read, Magazine

The paradox of food waste and hunger

Claire van Enk created Farm to Feed Kenya to connect farmers and people suffering from hunger. Photo: Micky Schepers-Farm to Feed Kenya

Of: Maria Malmsten

The paradox of hunger, food loss and waste is a global issue. All around the world, a third of all produced food never reaches the consumer. Claire van Enk has created Farm to Feed Kenya to bring about change in these issues, while striving for a healthier planet.

April 29, 2021, Long read, Magazine

Europe in Africa: The reversed migration crisis

The most common illegal migrant route into Ceuta is climbing the barbed wire at the border to Morocco. Photo: Markus Barnevik Olsson.

Of: Markus Barnevik Olsson

2020 will go down in history as the year of turbulent surprises. Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, is certainly not an exception. COVID-19 has triggered a reversed migration crisis in the EU's barbed-fenced stronghold on the African continent.

November 9, 2020, Long read, Magazine

They want to turn the scrapyard into an opportunity

Scrapyard in Ghana

Machineries, household equipment, buses, generators and computers are among the things that get dismantled in the scrapyard. Photo: Johanna Caminati Engström

Of: Johanna Caminati Engström

Ghana is trying to deal sustainably with the increasing amounts of e-waste in the country. In the metal scrapyard in Agbobloshie, Accra, young men dismantle various machineries to obtain scrap parts. The working conditions are dangerous but many workers see the scrapyard as an escape route out of poverty.

March 3, 2020, English, Long read, Magazine

Building the Tallest Dam in the World

Vakhsh River, Tajikistan. Photo: Wikimedia

Of: Jonathan Wirths and Tessa Stockburger

Water has often been a central topic in the relations between the five former Soviet Republics - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The current construction of Rogun Dam on Vakhsh River in Tajikistan illustrates how the demand for water can become the source of various conflicts.

June 17, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

"Women are for children, boys are for pleasure"

Bacha bazi, or “boy play” in Dari, is a practice that is synonymous with the sexual exploitation of boys. Photo: US Embassy Kabul, Flickr.

Of: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt and Lisa Elamson

In 2017 the Afghan government introduced a new Criminal Code explicitly addressing the under-reported issue of bacha bazi. The practice involves older men taking advantage of young boys in vulnerable situations and has increased since the fall of the Taliban regime. Although introducing new laws banning bacha bazi is a welcome move, the issue extends far beyond national laws.

April 10, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine