Mar 17

There’s An App For Everything – Donations Made Easy

Even though there’s a lot of dark images being presented in media about xenophobia, racism and even neo-nazism there seems to be a rising willingness to help. In several countries, including Sweden, the UK and the US there have been noticeable increases in donations from both companies and private donors. With every catastrophe given extra focus in media the willingness to donate has gotten bigger, with extra boosts around Christmas.

To attract more donors the charities have been working hard to facilitate the giving. Making  donating ‘fun and easy’ as described in an article in Huffington Post, seems to be an important catchphrase. Continue reading →

Mar 17

Migrant Workers and Mobile Phones

Sunday on Orchard Road, migrant workers spending their day off together

Some time ago a post was circulating Facebook saying something like ‘Imagine if someone from the 50’s showed up today and we picked up our iPhones and said that -Look, we have the most amazing thing. It can fit in our pocket, we can access almost any library and newspaper with it, we can look at the world from above and even see specific buildings, we can call each other when we’re out and about and instead of writing letters, we can send instant messages with it. It’s great and we mainly use it to look at other people’s cats and dinners!’   New media has definitely changed the world and especially the way we communicate, not only on a macro, but mainly on a micro level. Though it might not be in the first anticipated way we connect and communicate in a completely new way. Continue reading →

Feb 17

The Rohingya Migration – One Of ‘The Other’ Migration Crises

The Council of Foreign Relations

The ongoing migration crises around the world seem to be a never ending story. With the strong picture of a little boy laying on the shore near Bodrum in Turkey in September 2015 the global awareness of the crisis peaked, but since it’s massive exposure in both conventional and social media it seems to have diminished.

The proximity principle is as always strong and the focus on migration tends to be on the ones affecting us directly. One of the migration crises often referred to as ‘one of the other’ is the ongoing flight from Myanmar by tens of thousands of Rohingya. The Rohingya is an ethnic sufi-inflected Sunni-Muslim minority, primarily living in the Rakhine state in western Myanmar and it’s population of approximately one million makes up around a third of the total population of the extremely poor state. The Rohingya has since the 1970’s been subject to pervasive violations of human rights, including persecution, ethnic cleansing and statelessness. With Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide victory in the Myanmar general election in November 2015 many hoped for a positive change for the country and the Rohingya and former US president Obama lifted the nearly two decade long sanctions against Myanmar. So far only small changes have been seen and with what is still a very fragile government there has been nothing but silence on the treatment of the Rohingya who still faces extreme limitations of their freedom, violence and in parts of the region also severe malnutrition, in what by Human Rights Watch is described as a campaign of arsons, killings and rape. Continue reading →

Feb 17

The Impact of President Trump’s travel ban.

You always see strange things in this world. These strange things maybe coming from normal individuals, or powerful persons from the countries leading the world. A person like President Donald Trump whose words are lawful or have immediate enforcement considering his influence of the world being the most powerful man is an issue of great interest to everybody. It was early January when Donald Trump, the newly elected president of the United States annouced the executive order ban of the citizens from 7 muslim countries to enter into the USA. This was part of his policy towards immigrants in the USA and the newcomers like Syrians fleeing from war, waiting to come to USA are mainly affected. Being an immigrant is not the choice of any body and back to the history every person in the US was an immigrant one time or another. Immigration is a global phenomena we have to acknowledge and it is not usually a negative but a positive contribution of knowledge, skills and cultural enrichment instead. Continue reading →

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