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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 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 Finally, a Social Movement I Can Get Behind

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. The Reiff Center recently had the pleasure of co-hosting the Second Annual Conference on Social Movements and Democracy. This broad topic…

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Comments Off on A Preview of the 2nd Annual Conference on Civic Movements and Democracy

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. The Reiff Center at Christopher Newport University is partnering with The Center for Community Engagement and the Rumi Forum for Interfaith…

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Comments Off on The Refugee Crisis – Problems and Solutions

Special Contribution by Christopher Newport University Junior, Nathan Sieminski   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. Background Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa currently face one…

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Comments Off on Passion and Commitment: Parvez Choudhry and Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

  One of the most controversial events following the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was without a doubt county clerk Kim Davis’ refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County, Kentucky. Davis, after defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses, spent five days in jail for refusing to…

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Comments Off on Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences for the United States

  The current state of the Middle East is one of the most chaotic and turbulent times in modern history – with the rise of ISIS and other militant groups, ethnic tensions and conflicts within countries, and a failure of governance in not one, but many of the Middle Eastern countries. Last week, The Reiff…

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Comments Off on Is Greece Europe’s Neoliberal Nightmare?

  As Greece continues to spiral out of control financially, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has ordered local governments to transfer their reserve funds to the central bank. This decree has come at a time of dire straits for Greece.  EU negotiations over another Greek bailout are at a standstill and Tsipras needs money to…

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Comments Off on The Plight of Albanians in Macedonia and the Country’s future in Europe

  On Tuesday, March 31st, the Reiff Center had the pleasure of hosting Ermira Mehmeti, a member of Parliament from the Republic of Macedonia. Miss Mehmeti is one of the youngest members of the Macedonian Parliament, and was just recently reelected to her third consecutive term. She holds a master’s degree in comparative politics from…

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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,…