Category: Africa

Burundi: the Other Refugee Crisis

Young Burundian boy in refugee camp.

photo MONUSCO / Abel Kavanagh

Tensions arose in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term in office. Although opposition leaders condemned his act as unconstitutional, the Constitutional Court upheld his decision in May, amid allegations that judges…

Is Algeria Doomed to Its Past?

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Just before the New Year, a group of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s close associates demanded to meet with the former FLN revolutionary, as they had not seen him in over a year. Rumors swirled across the capital that a ruling…

Drop It Like It’s Hot – A Letter to Petrol Exporters

The sun is setting on our frivolous flirtation with cheap oil and free-flowing gasoline.

It’s sticky, dark, viscous, and carries such labels as “sweet” or a certain “blend.” No, not chocolate or coffee – oil. As the main ingredient in plastic bags to gasoline, oil is the base for everyday life. Accordingly, it is massively tapped and…

Democracy in Mali: The Issue of Gender Inequality in Governmental Policy, Public Opinion, and State-Citizen Interactions

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The McGill International Review is happy to present the winning article of the MIR Paper Competition of McMUN 2016. This year’s winning author, Rebecca Lamb, is currently in her second year at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where…

Child Soldiers around the World: Can You Relate?

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Over my short lifetime, I have lived in and travelled to over 28 countries. My family and I have moved numerous times, mainly due to my dad’s work, which has taken us everywhere around the world. During our travels, we spent four…

The SDGs Offer More Than Just a Great Personality

Pupils of the St Anthony’s Girls Primary School in Freetown at the end of their lesson on the Sustainable Development Goals.

September 25, 2015 marked the launch of the seventeen internationally adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals. Replacing the eight recently expired Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs seek to continue and enhance initiatives towards global development. The question arises, however, what did…

The Holy Ghosts: Civil War in the Central African Republic

Day one of Pope Francis' visit to the Central African Republic.

With a political structure that has crumbled into absolute rubble, massive unrestrained violence, and an attempted ‘ethnic cleansing,’ the case of the Central African Republic (CAR) is one among many disappointing stories from the African continent. Amid ultra-national conflict raging…