Though no longer as prevalent in the news as it was several weeks ago, conflict and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is still raging today.  Between an economic disaster, a failing health care system, an authoritarian dictatorship and violent protests, the country is in a state of chaos and unrest. This article analyzes how a country so…

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On Wednesday, September 13th, Reiff Center Director Dr. Suparna Chaudhry  led a professional development workshop for CNU students who were interested in learning more about being successful in the field of Human Rights. She was joined by the Director of the CNU Center for Career Planning, Libby Westley, and countless students of CNU that evening, all…

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…

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On June 23rd, a referendum was held in the United Kingdom where over 30 million people voted on whether or not the country should stay in the European Union. The Leave Campaign won by 52% to 48%, shocking Europe and the rest of the world. Background To fully understand why the UK voted in favor…

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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…

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  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…

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Comments Off on Four Human Rights Situations to Watch in 2016

    In a fast moving world, it’s often hard to keep track of the many evolving Human Rights situations across the world. To help, we’ve compiled a list of four cases which may have flown under your radar. Please remember that the following is not complete in any way, but provides a snap shot…

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Comments Off on Top 10 Humanitarian Moments of Fall 2015 – CNU Edition

  By Erin Peake Christopher Nepwort University is full of young activists who want to do their part in helping the world bit by bit. Philanthropy, charity, awareness building, research, and many other examples demonstrate the way in which CNU students are actively becoming leaders in their community, country, and world. The Reiff Center at…

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Comments Off on Setting the Record Straight: Changing Columbus Day

  I remember when I was much younger that fall always marked a time of change and festivity. In elementary school, I recall drawing pumpkins, making hand turkeys, and hearing about the same stories that were at the core of the American mythos. Dashing heroes down on their luck, which were able to rise to…