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…

Hundreds of people continue to arrive each day in Kibati. 2 million people are now displaced across the DRC; the highest figure the country has seen since 2009. 

(see blog, we do not dare to go home)
Comments Off on No End in Sight in the Congo

  Images of men crouching with machine guns. Pictures of lifeless bodies in villages. Child soldiers, warlords, and massive carnage. Chances are, these are probably some of the first things you think of when you hear about the Congo. The DR Congo or Democratic Republic of Congo seems to be rife with human rights issues….

The Albanian double-headed eagle in the evening sunlight. Source: Tina Kempin Reuter
Comments Off on Countering Religious Extremism in a Human Rights Context: The Use of Social Media

  On May 28-30 Kosovo held its 4th International interfaith Conference highlighting the role, experience and contribution of Kosovo and the Balkan region to the global debate on promoting interfaith dialogue and countering violent extremism. The conference is the flagship event of Interfaith Kosovo initiative, bringing together civil society activists, faith leaders, diplomats and academics…

Refugees from Kosovo crossing into neighboring Albania. Source: Cliff, Creative Commons
Comments Off on The Future of Kosovo

  Kosovo, one of the mysteries of the world to most of today’s Americans. This small, “newborn nation” in South Eastern Europe presents an interesting case when looking at self-determination, ethnic conflict, and human rights. To allow us better insight into this complex case, the Reiff Center hosted the Former Ambassador of Kosovo to Japan,…

Source:  Maxime Bonzi, Creative Commons
Comments Off on What’s a Diplomat to Do in this Uncertain World?

  American diplomacy has always been a cornerstone of American presence abroad, as we hold embassies or consulates in 190 countries, managing over 300 diplomatic missions. Career Diplomats are some of the most prestigious and well respected members of the United States Government. Working in tandem with US security forces, US diplomats protect and represent…

Remembering rape victims in India. Source: 
Ramesh Lalwani, Creative Commons
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…

Source: Tori Rector, Creative Commons
Comments Off on When Human Rights Conflict: The Right to be Forgotten and Freedom of Speech

  In 2010, a Spanish man named Mario Costeja González sued Google Spain and Google Inc. after complaining that a Google search brought up a digitized auction notice of his repossessed home. He claimed that because the issue had been resolved in 1998, the information was unnecessary and a violation of his privacy rights. Google…

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…

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…

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…