Category Archives: World

Is justice possible in the Bosnia-Herzegovina crisis?

The conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, specifically between 1992 and 1995 has ushered in an era which, to this day the nation is struggling to recover from. By third-year journalism student Simon Caldwell The divisions between different ethnic groups and their resentments appear to be ever widening, with nationalist political parties doing well among all three groups. Importantly all three parties, the Bosniaks or (Bosnian Muslims), Bosnian Croats and the Bosnian Serbs, are all seemingly doing well at local elections. … Continue reading

Venezuela’s ‘cannibals’: Political riots once again achieve nothing in Venezuela

One masked figure was scrawling ‘freedom’ again and again all over the bitumen, while another was shouting at a woman to turn around and go back the way she came. Tearful, she rammed her gearstick into reverse, backed away and did a U-turn on the empty, garbage strewn road. By fourth-year journalism and international relations student Ryan Mallett-Outtrim One of the city’s busiest intersections was closed by less than a dozen hooded figures, and a metre-high barricade. A few passers-by … Continue reading

Photo essay by Alison Wells

Nelson Mandela wrote in A Long Walk to Freedom: “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you, yourself, have altered.” This is how Alison Wells, student of journalism and international studies and a Hawke Ambassador at the University of South Australia, describes her eye-opening experience in Uganda volunteering at a children’s home. Through the lens of her camera, Alison has provided intimate portraits of daily life in a developing country … Continue reading

In Depth: Reconciliation with Professor Elisabeth Porter

What is reconciliation? Reconciliation is basically about building (or rebuilding constructive) relationships between former antagonists. In my forthcoming book on Peace, Justice & Reconciliation: Narratives of Hope, I show how reconciliation can be understood in four ways: as reconciling fractured relationships; as a process that requires different ways to ease tensions; as a culture lived out in everyday ways; and as a spectrum of possibilities, from weak forms to what Norman Porter calls ‘strong reconciliation’, which requires ‘fair interactions’, a … Continue reading

Thailand moving forward

“I was in the protest,” said Kasidet Manakongtreecheep. “We achieved our goal – we took over government buildings and roads and even the Democracy Monument. We created mayhem.” Feature from the Global21 Network, by Stephanie Siow of Yale University Kasidet was one of tens of thousands of protestors who, for more than two months, have taken to the streets of Bangkok and shut down government buildings. The movement, led by opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban, aims to force existing Prime Minister … Continue reading