Comments Off on North Korea: How Kim Jung-Un Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

  Just recently, after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake was detected in South Korea, North Korean officials in Pyongyang claimed that they had successfully completed their fifth nuclear test, a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead that could be mounted onto a ballistic missile. To put into perspective the amount of damage a 10 kiloton nuclear bomb could cause, Little…

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…

Comments Off on A Bolivarian Meltdown?

  Written By: Dr. Tatiana Rizova It has been three years since the death of Venezuela’s populist leader Hugo Chávez, the architect of the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela’s project of bringing social justice, economic independence, equality, and popular democracy to its people.  Is the Bolivarian project on the brink of reform or meltdown?  What is Venezuela’s…

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Comments Off on China’s Military Strength and Government: The Reach of the Dragon’s Claws and if it will Govern like the Eagle

  This past Thursday, the Reiff Center had the pleasure of hosting a discussion entitled: “China on the World State: Understanding China’s Military Rise and Human Rights Record,” and welcomed two esteemed guest panelists to Christopher Newport University. Our first panelist, Dr. Larry Wortzel, is a former Army intelligence officer and eight-term Commissioner of the…

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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 Step in the Right Direction: Affirmative Action in Universities in Brazil

  Affirmative action at the university level is a topic that has been a subject of controversy in the United States, especially since the ruling of Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003, in which the Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policy. While the system attempts to make up for racial inequalities and…

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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 Trouble in the Land of the Rising Sun

Scan any news headline and you will constantly find issues pertaining to racism and xenophobia. Globalization, being a harbinger of blessings to many countries has also afforded for faster and more inexpensive means of doing business around the world. Due to the increase in travel, state borders are arguably more porous, resulting in significantly more…

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Comments Off on The Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean Panel Recap

  A quick author’s note: Dear reader, This article is a recap a discussion hosted by the Reiff Center and the Rumi forum about the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Amongst other topics in this article, I will be mentioning the Islamic State. However, from this point on, I will be referring to the Islamic State only…

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Comments Off on Next Dem Debate to Focus on Human Rights

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. Tonight @8pm ET, CBS will partner with Twitter to host the second Democratic primary debate under the hashtag #DemDebate.  This live…