The Arab Spring in Egypt: Not Done Yet

  The Arab Spring denotes a series of uprisings throughout North Africa and the Middle East. The various revolutions stem from a Tunisian vendor setting himself aflame to protest the Tunisian government and the dreadful economic conditions of the state. Several other countries followed the Tunisian example and fostered street protests, peaceful and violent. Entire […]

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Thinking about the genocide in Rwanda, 20 years later

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Within 100 days, extremist Hutu killed 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu. The level of brutality still shocks today – on average 10,000 lives lost, day after day. Dignitaries from around the world commemorated the tragedy in this small African country earlier today. UN Secretary-General Ban […]

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Model United Nations: A Day in the Life of a Delegate

This past weekend I served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Transnistria, Nina Shtanski. While this may seem unlikely to my readers, there is some truth to it. At Model United Nations, students at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level embody characters and countries in order to better understand diplomacy. While sitting […]

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The Search for International Justice

Most people can give you a pretty good guess about what the UN is, or the WTO, or NATO; but from my experience, not as many know about the ICC. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is often considered to be one of the major successes of the international community. It is a vital piece to the […]

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CNU Students are Moving America!

   By Ann Joyce. During my senior year at Christopher Newport University I helped found Students Moving America (SMA), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering students to take positive action in their communities. My co-founder Donald Hair was also a senior at the time and had worked with me on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. […]

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Gay Rights: The War Rages On

  Love and marriage, love and marriage; go together like a horse and carriage! – Frank Sinatra. This tale of love and happiness has been restricted to men and women for years, and Love and Marriage only went together for heterosexuals. In the past few decades, since Harvey Milk and the gay rights movement, things […]

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How Can Bubbles Violate Human Rights?

Can I interest you in some bubbly water? Or perhaps a fancy soda? This past Christmas, I received one of the best inventions to date! A magical device that allows me to have bubbles in my liquids whenever I want: The  “SodaStream.” Recently, you may have seen the new Scarlett Johansson ad saying goodbye to “Coke and […]

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From CNU to Uganda – Matt Killham is changing the world

By Matt Killham. As a freshman at Christopher Newport University, I was very engaged in the volunteer spirit that was prevalent throughout the student body.  The number of people willing to help out was only matched by the number of volunteering opportunities available.  While some people tackled environmental sustainability or cancer research and awareness, my passion […]

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How to remember the victims?

Today is the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is dedicated to honor the victims of the Nazi genocide and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.   Never before have we remembered victims of mass atrocities as we have today, particularly […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on international human rights

  We all know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the civil rights and anti-discrimination movement in the United States and we admire him as a hero of Gandhian style non-violence and civil disobedience. But as we celebrate his memory and life today, we have to ask ourselves: What is Dr. King’s impact […]

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