A Social Justice Journal of International Studies


Winter 2020

Explore our Winter 2020 issue. Meet the writers behind the scenes.

As Berlin’s Grassroots Organizations Step Up to Support Refugees, German “Wilkommenkultur” Offers a Humanizing Approach

“Mo-thur?” Ali questions, his eyebrows knitted together in doubt. “Mother,” I repeat slowly and we laugh at the difference in pronunciation. It’s a warm summer evening in July 2019 and Ali, in halting English, is telling me about his family… Continue Reading →

So Close, Yet So Far: Asylum Seekers Trapped at U.S.-Mexico Border Share Stories of Endurance and Survival

As a young boy growing up on the outskirts of Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa, Edgar Martinez spent his evenings waiting for his father to return from his job at a nearby coffee plantation. He arrived late most nights, smelling of alcohol… Continue Reading →

Food for Thought: How Ethiopian Agroecologist Million Belay is Teaching a New Generation to Rediscover the Ancient Knowledge of Plants

As a boy growing up in the bustling city of Addis Ababa, protecting forests wasn’t an immediate passion for Million Belay. Nor, for that matter, were agroecology or the other important food and land use issues affecting rural people in… Continue Reading →

Human Trafficking in Aviation: On the Responsibility to Report and Who Exactly is Responsible

Seeing something suspicious and reporting it can potentially save someone from becoming a sex or a labor slave. As an airline employee who works in airports daily, I can confirm that it isn’t just business travelers and vacationers who fly… Continue Reading →

Learning Lessons from the Arab Spring: From Egypt to San Francisco, Inside the Life and Philosophy of Nonviolence Activist and Human Rights Leader Ahmed Salah

In 2005, six years prior to the Egyptian revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Salah found himself standing amid crowds of protesters in Cairo as a legion of armored central security soldiers closed in. The troops stood shoulder to… Continue Reading →

The Rohingya Daily News: How Refugees Turned Reporters are Telling Stories from the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Bangladesh

Somewhere in the middle of the world’s largest refugee camp, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Aziz Arakani catches a bead of sweat rolling down his forehead before it drips on to his old computer. While one hand swats away flies, the… Continue Reading →

Live and Don’t Let Live: Moral Policing and its Harmful Impacts on Women in India

In the summer of 2017, Aruniti Mondal, a 24-year-old single working woman in the bustling city of Kolkata, India, experienced a type of violation bordering on assault that changed her perspective on the treatment of women in her country. The… Continue Reading →

“When Survivors Heal, They Heal the Nation”: How Kenya’s Truth Commission is Mending the Country’s Wounds

To the left, camels walking in a caravan carry heavy loads on their backs. To the right, a cluster of traditional huts depict the simple, daily life of a Kenyan village. Behind, a cloud of dust rises from Land Rover… Continue Reading →

Empty Seas: How China’s Seafood Industry Has Devastated Gambia’s Fishing Economy

In December 2018, I traveled back to my home country of The Gambia. It was noon on a Saturday when I arrived in the capital, Banjul. The day was hot, about 105 degrees, and my aunt and I decided to… Continue Reading →

Sightseeing and the Sex Industry: How Tourism in Thailand Is Fueling Human Rights Violations

In 2015, on a visit to Thailand, I found myself riding one night in a Tuk-Tuk with two other Western tourists on our way to Bangla Walking Street, the downtown area in Phuket. Bangla is wide, filled with bars, restaurants… Continue Reading →

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