Comments Off on Fighting Fire with Fire — Rodrigo Duterte’s Policies and Their Impact on the Philippines

The wave of right-wing political movements hit Southeast Asia last summer when Rodrigo Duterte, known as “The Punisher”, was elected as President of the Philippines. The former mayor of Davao City, Duterte became notorious for his hard right policies and brash comments during his presidential campaign – much like Donald Trump’s campaign. One of Duterte’s…

Comments Off on Afghan Refugees to Face New Struggles after Returning ‘Home’

By the end of 2016, aid officials predict that over 1.5 million Afghan migrants will return to Afghanistan – either voluntarily or by force. Since 1979 and the early 1980’s, Afghans have been fleeing the country, first due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, then the rise of the Taliban in the 1990’s, and lastly…

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 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…

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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 A Preview of the 2nd Annual Conference on Civic Movements and Democracy

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Reiff Center For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution or Christopher Newport University. The Reiff Center at Christopher Newport University is partnering with The Center for Community Engagement and the Rumi Forum for Interfaith…

What is the future of the Middle East? Source: Wajahat Mahmood, Creative Commons
Comments Off on Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences for the United States

  The current state of the Middle East is one of the most chaotic and turbulent times in modern history – with the rise of ISIS and other militant groups, ethnic tensions and conflicts within countries, and a failure of governance in not one, but many of the Middle Eastern countries. Last week, The Reiff…

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Comments Off on A Time for Change? India’s Women’s Rights Abuses Brought to Light

  Whether she’s 5 years old or 50 years old, a woman is raped every 20 minutes in India. Despite being the world’s largest democracy and having elected a female prime minister in the 1960’s, India’s culture is still deeply embedded in a patriarchal society. In 2012, a 23 year old girl was gang-raped in…