Monthly Archives: March 2015

Online Education in the Developing World
By admin March 31, 2015

There have been rapid and dramatic developments in technology and education, one of them is known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web that may change the way the world teaches and learns. Companies and charities such as CourseTalk, edX, Coursera, and

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Climate Change is No Longer Only an Ecological Crisis, it’s also a Humanitarian one
By admin March 30, 2015

The reasons underlying forced displacement are altering in the 21st century; gradually reshaping our understanding of the motivation behind those forced to move and quickly recalibrating the consequences for what will soon come. Generally when we think of “refugees” we think of persons fleeing their homelands due to warfare, violence, and persecution. And these push

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2015 Boao Forum for Asia to Further Promote Regional Cooperation
By admin March 28, 2015

The 2015 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference kicked off on March 26, 2015 in Boao, Hainan, China. Themed “Asia’s New Future: Toward a Community of Common Destiny,” the four-day conference attracts leaders from 15 countries including Uganda, Zambia, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, as well as Russia. It is estimated that over 5,000 people will

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Singapore’s Founding Father Dead at 91
By admin March 25, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore, died on March 23, 2015. Prime Minister Lee’s health had been deteriorating for several years, and had been commented on in the press when he failed to appear at the Chinese New Year celebrations of 2013 and 2014 for the first time since he entered politics

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China Supply of Arms to Africa has Helped Them Become Africa’s Largest Trading Partner
By admin March 24, 2015

Chinese companies have been known mainly as suppliers of small arms, but that is changing quickly. From drones to frigates to fighter jets, the companies are aggressively pushing foreign sales of high-tech hardware, mostly in the developing world. In the medium-to-long term, China could make inroads into markets such as Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will Help to Expand China’s Regional Power
By admin March 20, 2015

On March. 19th, 2015, according to local newspaper Donga Ilbo, South Korea plans to officially announce its decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Ahn Jong-beom, the senior presidential secretary for economic affairs of South Korea, however, claimed that joining the AIIB hasn’t yet been decided at a press briefing the day before.

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Japan Aims to Restart Reactor for the First Time in Two Years
By admin March 19, 2015

In the hopes of resuming commercial nuclear energy operations, Japan has received word from the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) that the No. 1 reactor at the NRA itself was formed only after the events that unfolded in the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011. Kyushu Electric Power Company’s Sendai

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Venezuela Parliament Approves Rule By Decree
By admin March 18, 2015

The Venezuelan parliament has passed new legislation giving President Nicolas Maduro the power to temporarily legislate by decree. The Anti-Imperialist Enabling Law will be in force until December 31st of this year. It will give Maduro the ability to bypass the Venezuelan legislature, passing new laws without their consent, for that period of time. This

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Over a Million Brazilians Protest in Light of Multibillion-Dollar Corruption Scandal
By admin March 17, 2015

  Over one million Brazilians marched peacefully on Sunday in over 22 states and 50 cities around Brazil in discontent of a sluggish economy, rising prices, corruption and demand for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. It has been estimated 15,000 people marched along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, 45,000 people gathered on the Ministries’ Esplanade,

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Left in the Dark
By admin March 16, 2015

In the Western world we oftentimes take advantage of the unrestricted access to modern energy that illuminates every aspect of our daily lives.  We are able to cook our meals quicker than we can send an e-mail and, in the palm of our hands, have split-second access to bank accounts, social networks, and round-the-clock breaking

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4th Anniversary of the Japan 2011 Tsunami and Future Disaster Risk Reduction
By admin March 13, 2015

March 11, 2015 marked the 4th anniversary of the Japan 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster. The tsunami was triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and at least 15,891 people lost their lives, according to Japan’s National Police Agency. Some 230,000 people are still unable to return to their hometowns after the disaster. The earthquake also caused a severe

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UK Military Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
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    The Ebola virus, formerly known as the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, was first recognized during two outbreaks in 1976, one in Sudan, and the other in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The most recent outbreak was recognized in March 2014. Media sensationalism caused widespread panic about the disease, and even governments reacted by

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Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia Reach Agreement on Grand Renaissance Dam
By admin March 11, 2015

Early last Friday, the foreign ministries of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia announced that they had tentatively reached an agreement on the sharing of the Nile water resources, and the use of Ethiopia’s controversial Grand Renaissance Dam, after negotiations that had begun on Tuesday of the same week.  Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti explained that the

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International Women’s Day: A Day of Celebration, a Day of Reflection
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The International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide as a day when women are recognized for their triumphs by finding a common occasion to celebrate both the achievements made and reflect on the work still needed. The observance marks an important United Nations (UN) initiative, first recognized under the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, signed

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Achieving Millennium Development Goal 3: Women in Politics
By admin March 10, 2015

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established and agreed upon at the United Nations’ Millennium Summit in 2000. One of the eight Millennium Development Goals is to promote gender equality and empower women by advancing women’s political participation and leadership and economic empowerment. Political participation has increased

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New Railway Network is Expected to Boost West African Economy
By admin March 6, 2015

Traveling by rail is one of the most important ways of transportation, especially in developing areas. However, in West Africa, there are only fragmented lines, which are unable to connect the whole region effectively. At the same time, the rapid development occurring within Africa has highlighted the growing need for an extensive railway network for

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Brazil’s Trucker Strike Affecting US Soy Markets
By admin March 5, 2015

    For nearly two weeks, truckers in Brazil have been on strike, due to the high cost of diesel. According to Reuters, a spokesman of Brazil’s second-largest soy exportation port, the Port of Paranagua, explained that over the weekend, “only 590 of the usual 3,000 trucks arrived;” while on Monday, it received 950 trucks,

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China’s Anti Corruption Campaign
By admin March 4, 2015

On Monday, March 2nd, the Chinese government released a list of 14 senior officers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the military of the People’s Republic of China, who have either been convicted of graft or are currently under investigation.  The majority of these officers are in the political or logistics departments of the PLA. 

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Japan’s New Development Aid Scheme
By admin March 2, 2015

After a year of reviews and consultations, Japan adopted new guidelines for international aid on February 10th. This came after the December 2013 adoption of its first-ever National Security Strategy, in which it openly called for the “strategic” use of the Official Development Assistance (ODA). What does it mean for the development world?   The

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From Kyoto to Paris: Countdown to the COP21
By admin March 1, 2015

In December 2015, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in Paris, France as world leaders convene to build on a global framework that tackles climate change once and for all. It has been over two decades in the making, but Paris offers the

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