Comments Off on Civil Unrest in Ethiopia Leads to Government Crackdown

Ethiopia is one of East Africa’s fastest growing economies. Though its per capita income is much lower than the regional average, the economy doubled the regional economic growth average with an annual growth rate of 10.8%. The percentage of Ethiopians living in extreme poverty has decreased from 55.3% in 2000 to 33.5% in 2011. This…

Comments Off on Learning from Past Mistakes: Humanitarian Aid in Haiti

Over the past week, many of us have seen the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in our own backyards. It was reported as a Category 5 storm around late September and early October, with winds reaching over 160 miles per hour, and downgraded to a Category 4 storm as it hit land in the Caribbean. The…

Comments Off on Behind Turkey’s Failed Military Coup

  On July 15th 2016 just before 11:00 pm, the country of Turkey experienced its fifth military coup in the past 60 years. However, this illegal attempt to overthrow the government was different from the others, and there is still missing information regarding what happened. This post analyzes the causes of the coup by examining Turkey’s…

Comments Off on North Korea: How Kim Jung-Un Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

  Just recently, after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake was detected in South Korea, North Korean officials in Pyongyang claimed that they had successfully completed their fifth nuclear test, a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead that could be mounted onto a ballistic missile. To put into perspective the amount of damage a 10 kiloton nuclear bomb could cause, Little…

Comments Off on Digging Deeper into South Africa’s Racial Issues

  School dress codes already have some of the most inane regulations that some girls in the United States are protesting about. But what if your school had a dress code against your hair or the way you look? Is changing the way you look and dress worth the education? South Africa’s racial issues in…

Comments Off on Securing Lasting Peace and Justice in Colombia

  FACTS ABOUT THE CONFLICT IN COLOMBIA:   The conflict started in the 1960’s and has led to the death of 220,000 people and the internal displacement of nearly 6 million Colombians. To date, three sizeable armed organizations have fought to attain their political goals through violence – the left-wing Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia…

Comments Off on A Bolivarian Meltdown?

  Written By: Dr. Tatiana Rizova It has been three years since the death of Venezuela’s populist leader Hugo Chávez, the architect of the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela’s project of bringing social justice, economic independence, equality, and popular democracy to its people.  Is the Bolivarian project on the brink of reform or meltdown?  What is Venezuela’s…

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Comments Off on China’s Military Strength and Government: The Reach of the Dragon’s Claws and if it will Govern like the Eagle

  This past Thursday, the Reiff Center had the pleasure of hosting a discussion entitled: “China on the World State: Understanding China’s Military Rise and Human Rights Record,” and welcomed two esteemed guest panelists to Christopher Newport University. Our first panelist, Dr. Larry Wortzel, is a former Army intelligence officer and eight-term Commissioner of the…

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Comments Off on Zika Virus and Reproductive Rights for Women

  By the end of 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted that the Zika virus will spread and infect over 4 million people internationally. As many know, Zika is particularly dangerous for women – especially if they get pregnant – because the virus causes severe birth defects and complications in newborns. Therefore, people…

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Comments Off on Changing Times in Cuba?

  For many college students spring is the time of travel and fun. With the warm weather comes a week off for students everywhere to kick back relax and travel to somewhere new. When a typical college student scans the possible spring break hot spots they might take pause on Cuba, a country in close…