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Comments Off on A Day that Changed Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Nelson Mandela Released from Prison 25 Years Ago

  Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. He went on to transform South Africa – ending apartheid and instituting democracy, a process of healing, and human rights. In the late 1980s, the South African government under F.W. de Klerk had made it clear that it was open to negotiations, and anticipation…

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Comments Off on The Dark Reality of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

  Last year, an estimated 1 billion people watched the World Cup Final, making it the most watched televised event in history. Around the world, soccer is not just a sport. It is a way of life, a religion. Part of the reason soccer is so massively popular is because regardless of poverty level, virtually…

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Comments Off on How Can People Be So Evil? The Brutality of ISIS

  The brutality of the most recent killing  of a Jordanian air force pilot  by the terrorist group ISIS has shocked the world, even after multiple beheadings and other news of barbaric and systematic human rights violations. This begs the question: why are human beings so ruthless, so cruel, so brutal; killing without empathy for the…

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  Captain, and later Colonel, George Fairbanks smoking a Chesterfield cigarette and saying his farewells before deploying to Europe with the 4th armored division in the Spring of 1943 (Reiff Center).  Colonel George Fairbanks never talked about the war in Europe.  He only mentioned that following the infamous Battle of the Bulge, “I could never…

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Comments Off on A Step in the Right Direction: Ending Organ Harvesting in China

When I was 16 years old, I, like so many teens before me, reached a milestone in my life: I received my driver’s license. This meant no more relying on mom to drop me off at school, no more asking older friends for rides to tennis practice; I was finally free to drive on my…

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Comments Off on Why 2015 May Be the Start of Something Bigger than #BlackLivesMatter

  Written by C. Cole Fairbanks l @ccole_f This year I spent a week prior to Christmas in New York City, America’s ethnic and cultural melting pot. I have frequented NYC many times, but this year, something different stood out in the midst of holiday shoppers in Manhattan. There was a feeling of discontent and…

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Comments Off on Extremists in Paris: The Terrorist Attack on Charlie Hebdo (Part II)

    With John D’Angelo. There is still a lot we don’t know about Wednesday’s attack on the satirical magazine at Charlie Hebdo, discussed in yesterday’s blog post. What we do know is this: besides killing twelve people, these terrorists have attacked fundamental human rights, specifically the right to freedom of speech, expression, and press. The…

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  With Daniel Falcone. My time in Paris was a beautiful and amazing experience. I climbed the Eiffel Tower, saw the Louvre, and the majestic arches of Notre Dame. Even so, there exists an overtone of a focus on security in the city. As I walked down the escalator on the Métro, I encountered a…

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Comments Off on The True Potential of Social Media

I am guilty of being a Facebook junkie, a Twitter fiend, and a Tumblr fanatic. I think many of us in this new century are. Social media has become an outlet for ideas, photos of cats, and a whole slew of other activities. In recent years, social media has evolved into something of a necessity…

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Comments Off on ISIS Who? Understanding the current crisis in Iraq

To many people, the mere mention of Iraq conjures up an unfavorable war that dominated headlines for years. With the advent of the recent violence in Iraq, it comes as no surprise that people everywhere are fervently expressing their views on the subject. Even though many will inevitably draw comparisons between the Iraq conflict that…