ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Freedom of Speech or "Extremism"? Lukashenko's ongoing crack-down on independent media in Belarus

Attention has shifted to Russia´s aggression in Ukraine, while little is known about the human rights violations in Belarus. This article highlights five Belarusian media whose editors ...

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Neon Letters on a dark background saying "Love thy Neighbor"

Liberalism under attack

Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Narendra Modi in India and Donald Trump in the United States: all three have undermined liberal institutions. The left has also accused liberalism of a lack of ...

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"Iranian women need the world's help"

Under the condition that they remain anonymous, a legal expert from inside Iran explains the political dimensions of this special piece of cloth. 

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Escaping the chains of debt

In Pakistan, the poor turn to a sophisticated network of philanthropists to avoid the shame of borrowing from family and friends.

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The catwalk with a difference: adaptive fashion comes to Azerbaijan

An enterprising student and a designer want to make attractive clothes that people with disabilities can wear – and model too

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John Sley Pierre, Black and Committed

On a promising sunny morning, activists from across Haiti’s civil society gathered where once slaves cut cane. They had come to discuss the rights of Black people around the world. 

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Butterflies in the Brain

Making traditional Ukrainian hair wreaths is an art that is no longer very common today. Olena Afanasenko talks about preserving the cultural heritage of her homeland in an interview ...

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People demonstrating at a Black Lives Matter protest, their signs saying "No justice, no peace".

"Where do we stand now?"

Discrimination, hate crime, equality: Where was progress seen over the past years and what more needs to be done?

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Sablettes beach in Algiers. The pace of illegal migration has intensified, despite prison terms of six months for those arrested by the coastguard. Photograph: Zineb Bettayeb

'I live on crumbs': why older Algerians risk the small boats to Spain

Nouara is 65 but ready to join thousands of others who burn their ID and pay traffickers for a chance of a new life in Europe.

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