ISIS Who? Understanding the current crisis in Iraq

To many people, the mere mention of Iraq conjures up an unfavorable war that dominated headlines for years. With the advent of the recent violence in Iraq, it comes as no surprise that people everywhere are fervently expressing their views on the subject. Even though many will inevitably draw comparisons between the Iraq conflict that […]

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The Arab Spring in Egypt: Not Done Yet

  The Arab Spring denotes a series of uprisings throughout North Africa and the Middle East. The various revolutions stem from a Tunisian vendor setting himself aflame to protest the Tunisian government and the dreadful economic conditions of the state. Several other countries followed the Tunisian example and fostered street protests, peaceful and violent. Entire […]

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Investigating War Crimes: Bringing Demons to Justice

The international community is a confusing one with political gridlock and national interests stalling imperative decisions. I find that the challenges facing the UN are daunting and will continue to plague the world for years to come. Even so, I am not a pessimist, I believe the UN and other international organizations complete incredible tasks […]

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Thinking about the genocide in Rwanda, 20 years later

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Within 100 days, extremist Hutu killed 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu. The level of brutality still shocks today – on average 10,000 lives lost, day after day. Dignitaries from around the world commemorated the tragedy in this small African country earlier today. UN Secretary-General Ban […]

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Model United Nations: A Day in the Life of a Delegate

This past weekend I served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Transnistria, Nina Shtanski. While this may seem unlikely to my readers, there is some truth to it. At Model United Nations, students at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level embody characters and countries in order to better understand diplomacy. While sitting […]

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The Search for International Justice

Most people can give you a pretty good guess about what the UN is, or the WTO, or NATO; but from my experience, not as many know about the ICC. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is often considered to be one of the major successes of the international community. It is a vital piece to the […]

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CNU Students are Moving America!

   By Ann Joyce. During my senior year at Christopher Newport University I helped found Students Moving America (SMA), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering students to take positive action in their communities. My co-founder Donald Hair was also a senior at the time and had worked with me on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. […]

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Gay Rights: The War Rages On

  Love and marriage, love and marriage; go together like a horse and carriage! – Frank Sinatra. This tale of love and happiness has been restricted to men and women for years, and Love and Marriage only went together for heterosexuals. In the past few decades, since Harvey Milk and the gay rights movement, things […]

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Humanitarian and Human Rights Work: Two Sides of the Same Coin

  The art of listening is often lost in our modern world of hustle and bustle, but I find that it is the most critical skill in working towards solving human rights issues worldwide. Dr. Arancha Garcia Del Soto of Fordham University came to Christopher Newport University to discuss the importance of listening and the […]

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How Can Bubbles Violate Human Rights?

Can I interest you in some bubbly water? Or perhaps a fancy soda? This past Christmas, I received one of the best inventions to date! A magical device that allows me to have bubbles in my liquids whenever I want: The  “SodaStream.” Recently, you may have seen the new Scarlett Johansson ad saying goodbye to “Coke and […]

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