Author: Alex Langer

‘Bogus Refugees’

Pierre Obendrauf via the Montreal Gazette

Canada is busily trying to deport a family of Hungarian Roma with a strong refugee claim. Why? Not entirely sure, considering that two of the family’s children (who applied for asylum individually) were accepted but the parents were rejected. Their…

Back in (Open) Season (on the Roma) – Catching Up

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It’s been quite a while since anyone posted here, on Opre Roma. My apologies. While I’ve been gone, lots has happened relating to the mission of this blog: illuminating the struggles of marginalized peoples against oppression and poverty, particularly the…

Neither Guns Nor Butter: An Evaluation of the Conflict Trap

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the world’s poorest countries. Despite a huge bounty of natural resources, the DRC falls near the bottom of most measures of economic and human development. Yet, the country is not…

Welcome to the McGill International Review: 2014-2015

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The past year has proved eventful for the international community. The civil war in Syria rages on, with a new evil, Islamic State of Iraqi and al-Sham (ISIS), emerging from its swirling maelstrom to challenge the regional order. A public-health…

The “Swedish Model”

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Sweden is often seen as a beacon of tolerant social democracy and ethical capitalism. If you ask the Roma though, you might get a different story. Recently, the Swedish goverment released a white paper on the historical and modern discrimination…

Weekly Roundup: March 21

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The snow is finally melting and the sun is shining. Finally. Meanwhile, the McGill International Review keeps on publishing excellent student analysis and opinion on international politics. Sarah Firestone reports on IRSAM’s delegation to the fifty-eighth session of the Commission…

Weekly Roundup: March 14

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March is in full swing and exams are coming. This roundup has a full two weeks of incisive and intriguing writing from the McGill International Review. Check it out! While Thailand’s ongoing political crisis seems to be de-escalating, fears of…

Weekly Roundup: February 28

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February is over, but the McGill International Review is still running strong. A fascinating interview with Oscar-nominated director Sara Ishaq, on the making of her film “Karama Has No Walls,” life, and revolution in Yemen. Is China ready for its…