Ooga-Booga Journalism: The problem with Western media’s portrayal of Africa

Sophie-Jo Gavin The media is the lens through which we view the world, endowed with the power to curate our perceptions of other regions and influence political decision-making. This is particularly evidenced by the case of Africa, whose portrayal in Western media frequently lacks the depth of coverage of other regions, rendering its image restricted…

What’s Up With South Sudan?

Dani Podgoretskaya South Sudan happens to simultaneously be the newest and the least successful country in the world. When the African nation declared its independence on July 9, 2011, the future seemed bright; after a century of conflict and uncertainty, decades of bloody civil war, and years of economic turmoil, South Sudan was finally granted…

Boko Haram: Terror personified

Guest contributor, and UCLU Amnesty International Publicity Officer, Anna Wilken tells the story of the dark and persistent attack from Nigerian Terrorism cell Boko Haram.     *Chilling context: The chilling attack and burning alive of local villagers, including children, and the persistent sieges on refugee camps make it clear that Boko Haram isn’t an…

Cyber Solidarity and the Power of Technology

Do you tweet? I do. I tweet a lot. My twitter profile ranges from human rights to hip hop, football to current affairs. At the end of last year, the UN Internet Summit was hosted in Turkey alongside the Turkish government’s prosecution of twitter users. I feel like I have grown up alongside the progression…

One woman raped every minute: the Congo’s worst-kept secret

In many Western countries such as England and the USA, the issue of rape is downplayed. There is a distinct level of stigma surrounding the issue, which has subsequently led to it being, for the most part, swept under the rug. This oversight is heightened by the fact that, in the Western world, rape is…