Posts byCristina Maza

Turkey: Impressive aid record mired in bad practices

In the sphere of international aid and development assistance, Turkey is a rising star. Tackling the Syrian refugee crisis with unsurpassed dedication, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has simultaneously continued to deliver aid everywhere from Africa to Latin America. In 2010, Turkey delivered $1 million in disaster relief to Haiti in the wake of the

Georgia’s Geneva talks: Foiled again?

It was the twenty-eighth time that they met and the twenty-eighth time that their encounter came to naught. On June 18th 2014, the Geneva Talks over Georgia’s territorial conflicts were interrupted once again when participants from the country’s two disputed territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, abandoned one of the working groups. Since the talks were

How internet activism and street art can change Iran

In late May, an Iranian court sentenced eight people to 123 years in prison for administrating Facebook pages that the judiciary claims spread anti-government propaganda and insulted the country’s leaders. In Iran, Facebook and other social media sites were officially banned in 2009 after opposition members used them to organize protest rallies following the disputed