Words in the Bucket

By Words in the Bucket | Words In The Bucket talks about international issues related to human rights protection, social inclusion, development and peace by presenting articles that are concise and approachable for everyone. We strongly believe that raising awareness, informing people and letting them participate and share their opinions is a fundamental basis for change.

Deforesting deforestation

Beginning with the construction of the Transamazon Highway in 1970s, the deforestation of Brazil’s Amazonia has become a significant global issue, …

Agriculture

Songs of cultural resilience

The Garinagu (plural of Garifuna) of Belize are an indigenous group with a history that is as similar as it is different from that of other …

Linguistics

Not for their sake

On the 6th Of April 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that he had ordered a targeted military strike on an airfield in Syria. The strike is …

Syria

Joint Democracy

The Tunisian National Security Council, convoked by Tunisian president Béji Caid Essebsi in Carthage on 15th March 2017, talked about terrorism and …

The thin line between fanatism and sin

In the early hours of the morning of 21th February 2017 at El Cortezal, a small quiet town in the Northeast of Nicaragua, Vilma Tujillo, a 25 years …

Latin America

Innocent until proven refugee

Last February a USA-Australia refugee deal unveiled the embarrassing diplomatic exchange between two powerful nations. Newly elected United States …

The ugly side of the beautiful game

For me, it was the blistering goal of an 18-year-old Michael Owen as England were defeated by Argentina in the 1998 World Cup in France which sparked …

Human Rights

Thaw in the time of Trump

Cuba’s relationship with the United States of America (U.S.) has been afflicted with scepticism and antagonism since 1959. This was the year Fidel …

Cuba

Back to the Basics

The importance of basic education, both primary and secondary, has increasingly occupied the academic literature, highlighting its relevance for …

Education

My language doesnt exist

Ghiles El Kadi and I are sitting in a café in Finsbury Park, London, home to a sizeable Algerian community, on a day where he has no lectures for his …

What if we tackled poverty differently?

What sort of a society would you like to live in if you knew nothing about where you would end up? Picture yourself in an aware state before your …

Grenada: Isle of Cocoa?

The tourism dependent three island state, consisting of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, is the southernmost of the Windward Islands in the …

6 years of suffering

It began 6 years ago, with protests on March 15, 2011. Since then, the Syrian uprising, as it was then called, has devolved into a brutal and complex …

The key to “growing your own money”

There are many companies and researchers who have been working on stoves and other inventions that will allow people to have easy access to …

Silence

In a surprising turn of events, the Myanmar military has come forward in a bizarre news conference defending its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim …

Have we forgotten about Eastern Ukraine?

At the Minsk Summit, on the 11th of February 2015, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France agreed to an immediate and full ceasefire in …

Against enemy culture

When I met Maria Hadjipavlou – a pioneering activist and well-known expert on conflict resolution and gender issues – one Wednesday around the end of …

Anti-gay, pro transgender

Most people would associate Iran and Afghanistan with a religious fundamentalism that goes completely against the realities of transsexuality, …

A futile endevour

As someone utters the word “sustainability”, what image does it conjure? Is it the vibrant glow of the sustainable development goals beaming with …

#LifeInLeggings: Caribbean women reclaim power

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and sexual harassment are issues of increasing importance in Caribbean society, where women are hyper-sexualised and …

How corruption is destroying our environment

It is a paradox that living in a globalized world, at a time when we are permanently connected, information is available immediately, and people …

Normalizing love and the vital role of men

“I have had to interrogate masculinity, which I think doesn’t happen enough. The toxic privileges that come with being a man don’t define me, but I …

Climate secrets from the past

Trees contain some of nature’s most accurate evidence of the past climatic conditions.<p>Andrew Ellicott Douglass, a former professor at the University …

Jaded

The failure to effectively regulate the extraction of a country’s natural resources is a policy problem which has ignited and fueled numerous …

Should Bolivia condemn extractivism?

Extractivism is a mode of economic accumulation that consists of the removal of raw materials from the natural environment. European colonialism …

Twice a victim

“When I was released from prison, the gate was just open. And they asked me to go. I don’t have anybody in Italy. I didn’t have one euro. I didn’t …

Refugees

The Greatest Show on Earth

It is impossible not to notice when Carnival season comes around in the Caribbean. Months in advance, Soca and Calypso music (and all their …

Caribbean

Another crisis ignored

Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is facing an unprecedented crisis in the Northeast which has now spread to the entire Lake Chad Basin region …

Can I be a feminist and still go to Iran?

Two events of particular importance took place last week: the opening of the Women’s World Chess Championship and an official visit by Swedish EU …