In the years and months leading up to 9/11 there were some knowledge in the C.I.A, F.B.I and C.T.C that Al Qaeda were planning some major attacks. Even before 9/11 the USA was a target for some. In 1993 the world trade centre was attacked by a number of men in retaliation for US support … Continue reading USA and Iran; the brink of war?
Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines trafficking in persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position … Continue reading Shamima Begum: A Terrorist or Victim?
The Iraq war in 2003 was claimed to have been fought in the name of counter-terrorism, to end human rights abuses by a terrible dictator and disarm weapons of mass destruction. While the reasons for the invasion were long contested the political outcomes for the region were more clear. There has been much research into … Continue reading Consequences of the Iraq Invasion: Iranian dominance in the Middle East
The Iraq war in 2003 was viewed by many Iraqis as the continuation of its colonial past which it had endured under western occupation. Pre-war there was many nations across the world which came out with the biggest anti-war demonstrations since Vietnam. This didn't change the result. The US and Uk went to war. Prior … Continue reading Lessons from occupied Iraq; the future of terrorism.
My experience in the last number of years in Kenya and the United States has made me want to play a more proactive role in gender issues in Ireland and it is for this reason I wanted to write for the The Women's Lives Pages, submitted by NCCWN - Donegal Women's Network to the Donegal … Continue reading Human trafficking and gender inequality: the role of a man.
Just do it. If you are considering volunteering abroad and can't make up your mind I would definitely say - do it! I left for Kenya because I wanted to gain experience in something new and unique. To see another world. To learn about a different way of life. To use my educational background in … Continue reading Six months in Kenya.
It is widely believed that Albert Einstein coined the phrase regarding the definition of insanity - which was, to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. I would argue that US foreign policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East more broadly is a good example of how such powerful institutions behaviour … Continue reading More military bombardment in Afghanistan is illogical and has proven not to work.
2017 has been a historical year for Kenya. Never before has the country’s presidential result been overturned; the first for Africa as a continent in fact. The decision however has divided many people who feel it has been a great example of Kenya’s democratic progress, while others feel it is harming the country’s political reputation … Continue reading Human Trafficking in Kenya: higher risk during post-election violence.
On Wednesday 26th July Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART Kenya) were delighted to have welcomed the Second Secretary; Teresa Sweeney, from the Irish Embassy in Nairobi to our shelter for victims of Human Trafficking. The Irish Embassy voiced its support in relation to working with HAART and assisting victims of trafficking in both Ireland and … Continue reading HAART Kenya gains support from the Irish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
“Another recruit reported that she was given in marriage to a jihadi who told her that as she was his gift, he could give her to his friends and colleagues. After she was passed around, and had fainted, she woke up in a strange safe house with several other women being trained for a jihadi mission. One girl refused and the instructors reported that she had been eviscerated and chopped up into several pieces."