Comments Off on Corruption in Romania: Old Habits are Hard to Break

Romania is not a country that you hear about often in the news. Located along the Black Sea, the country has not been in the center of Eastern European crises, such as the mass refugee migrations that have shaken Hungary and Bulgaria. Though Romania may not be a sexy topic as far as international politics…

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…

Comments Off on Afghan Refugees to Face New Struggles after Returning ‘Home’

By the end of 2016, aid officials predict that over 1.5 million Afghan migrants will return to Afghanistan – either voluntarily or by force. Since 1979 and the early 1980’s, Afghans have been fleeing the country, first due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, then the rise of the Taliban in the 1990’s, and lastly…

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…

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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 Changing Times in Cuba?

  For many college students spring is the time of travel and fun. With the warm weather comes a week off for students everywhere to kick back relax and travel to somewhere new. When a typical college student scans the possible spring break hot spots they might take pause on Cuba, a country in close…

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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 Myanmar and the Karen Conflict: the Longest Civil War You Have Never Heard Of

  In a world where conflict arises from ethnic and religious differences, Myanmar is not often a name that is brought up, but perhaps represents one of the most complicated and longest cases of ongoing ethnic conflict in a country. Today, due to the internal ethnic conflict, it is estimated that almost one-and-a-half million people…