The Albanian double-headed eagle in the evening sunlight. Source: Tina Kempin Reuter
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  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…

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  As many of you may have seen in the news, the Irish people voted on may 22nd, 2015,  62% in favor of a constitutional amendment that will allow people, regardless of sexual orientation to marry freely in the Republic. This vote is a historic milestone for human rights advancement. For the first time in…

Turkish neighborhood in Skopje, Macedonia. Source: Panoramas, Creative Commons
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…

Refugees from Kosovo crossing into neighboring Albania. Source: Cliff, Creative Commons
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  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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Comments Off on The Subversion of the Learned Professions: Medicine

  Dr. Theodore Reiff honored Christopher Newport University by presenting his lecture, The Subversion of the Learned Professions: Medicine to the LifeLong Learning Society and the Reiff Center. Dr. Reiff, a retired Medical Doctor, experienced and lived through the devolution of American Medicine under its profits based system, and argues that the Doctors have lost their…

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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…

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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…