• Rahma Naveed

    Rahma is originally from Karachi, Pakistan, but grew up in Canada and the United Arab Emirates. She is currently in her final year at the University of British Columbia, studying International Relations and Political Science. Her areas of interest include Middle Eastern politics, human rights, and the intersection between religion and politics. When not studying, she loves to do anything creative, from taking photographs to painting. 

    Unpacking Sri Lanka’s Burqa Ban

    The Sri Lankan government has proposed a ban on the burqa and a shutdown of over 1000 Islamic schools across the country. This is the latest in a series of human rights violations against Sri Lankan Muslims.

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    The Threat to Academic Freedom in Turkey

    On January 1, a decree issued by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Melih Bulu the new head of Istanbul’s Bogazici University. A few days later, students and staff broke out in protest in response to the news. Historically, Turkish universities, and in particular Bogazici University, have been spaces where

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    The Politics of Language in Algeria

    Arabic is the first official language of Algeria, but there exists an array of languages and dialects that are spoken across the country. Algerian universities typically use French as the language of instruction, however, primary and secondary schools use standard Arabic. This discrepancy is a direct result of over a

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    The Threat of Nuclear War in the 2020s

    With the upcoming expiration of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the U.S. and Russia in 2021, there will no longer be a non-proliferation agreement between the two countries. Rising tensions between Russia and the U.S. has reignited some of the fear of impending nuclear destruction. However, experts argue

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    How Has Digital Technology Affected Forced Migration?

    A New “Virtual Wall” The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bought access to a commercial database that tracks cell phones across the country. The report revealed that these agencies are using the database

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