Published Opinions

Submitted from Students Worldwide

November 11, 2018


Today’s current state of affairs are encompassed by a myriad of tête-à-tête between our exemplary global political leaders; think the glorious Donald Trump and the suave Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. If you open a news channel or read an article, without a doubt you’ll read something about slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how it serves as a threat to free speech. The story of Jamal Khashoggi embodies the issues with the Arab world’s restrictions on free speech. There is a criticism to be implied on regimes in the Middle East as they lock down academics, journalists, and anyone who does not share propaganda-ridden sentiments of said regime. Brutal dismemberment of journalists globally have been occurring for decades, on lower-scale efforts, and can extend to a wide range of intellectual thinkers who are simply doing their jobs.

The crackdown on journalists is by no means a new issue, but as the years progress, there has been an incr...

March 25, 2018


Palestinian human rights are often the subject of much contention, especially when pitting it against a background of violations complicit with Israel. Initially, I was nervous about mentioning Israel in this, or venting my frustrations about how Palestinian human rights are often regarded as “controversial” or “debatable”. But I need to ask: when did human rights become so politicized? The extent of polarity with human rights is quite alarming and unquestionably detrimental to any future progress for co-existence with Palestinians and Israelis.

As an individual growing up in Canada and learning about the atrocities First Nations tribes were subject to in Canada, I resonated with them in a way that I had never understood until speaking to the Musqueam people of Vancouver about the losses and grievances they had endured. I, as a settler, living and growing up in this privileged land, understood the suffering they had experienced, in which the audacity fo...

October 19, 2017


The most recent focus of the Bridge the Divide community has been feminism and its importance across the political spectrum. In her follow-up to weeks of discussion Dalya Al Masri gives a wide range of thoughts on feminism including the real-world benefits of women in political positions, the ideological transitions between send wave and third wave feminism, the stigma towards feminism and how to stop it, and  women's rights across the globe.

The progression for women’s involvement in society has been slow and steady. Although voting rights have been established in many countries for decades, female politicians have only recently become regulars in major parties' presidential nominations. Decades of slow progress culminated last year in Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination. Nonetheless, while women make up a quarter of state legislators in the US, the contribution of women in major political positions remain disproportionately low.


Question: How should countries address the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

Creating International Emergency Panels: Written by Dalya Al Masri, Canada

The Syrian refugee crisis began long before it sparked attention from international media outlets. To fully understand the complexity of the refugee crisis, one must look to the source of where it all began. Syria has been engaged in a civil war between the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, and several opposing forces. Entering the seventh year of war, over 500,000 casualties have been claimed, and more than half the country's’ population (approx. 12 million) have been dispelled from their homes and forced to relocate.

The conflict commenced in 2011, influenced by an Arab Spring in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, each of whom saw their presidents overthrown. When Syrians began peacefully protesting the Assad Regime, President Assad ordered the mass killing of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators and imprisoned others. Lack of freedom, violation of hu...

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