Monthly Archives: June 2017

Can Duterte Fight Fire with Fire?
By admin June 30, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticized for his brash, unfiltered, and borderline vulgar commentary when addressing sensitive domestic issues. Since his landslide victory in the 2016 election, Duterte has inaugurated hardline counter-drug and crime programs. His policies have human rights groups watching closely as persistent corruption and extrajudicial killings led Human Rights Watch to

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Israel’s Development Plans in Africa
By admin June 29, 2017

Over the past few years Israel has ramped up its effort to expand its economy into emerging markets in the developing world.  In May 2016 the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry visited the Ivory Coast and Ghana to meet with officials to discuss development efforts.  Israel received aid from the World Bank until the

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Wild Fire in Portugal Devastates the Country
By admin June 27, 2017

Central Portugal recently faced the worst forest fire in its history. The fire began on Saturday, June 17 in the Pedrógão Grande area and lasted for three days. The Guardian reports that 350 soldiers and 1,400 fire fighters were on scene to save people who were trapped in their cars. Sixty-four people died and many

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Are Qatar’s Contentious Relationships All Bad?
By admin June 23, 2017

Qatar, once one of the poorest Gulf states, is now one of the region’s wealthiest countries. The nation, rich in gas reserves, has received criticism from other Arab nations in the past for supporting various terrorist groups throughout the Middle East including Palestinian Hamas in Gaza and Islamist organizations in Egypt and Syria. Recent rifts

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Terrorist Attack In Bogota, Colombia Leaves Three Dead
By admin June 22, 2017

On Saturday, June 17th, a bomb was set off in one of Colombia’s largest malls located in Bogotá. Bogota’s Mayor, Enrique Peñalosa, has called this a “cowardly terrorist bombing.” President Juan Manuel Santos has launched an investigation and announced a USD $35,000 reward for information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits of

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The Queen’s Speech: Brexit Bills Dominate Government Agenda
By admin June 21, 2017

During her speech to open Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II, proposed numerous bills and laws to prepare for the British exit from the European Union (Brexit). As the surprise results from the recent election pushed the British government towards uncertainty, the Queen’s proposals pushed for unity. The Brexit bills outlined by the Queen was toned down

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China is Winning the Asian Arms Race
By admin June 16, 2017

Described as “a ship which can fly and also an aircraft which can swim,” China’s newest military innovation is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. The Jiaolong AG600 seaplane is comparable in size to a Boeing 737 at 37 meters long and a 38.8-meter wingspan. Designed by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for marine

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In Africa, The Future is Female
By admin June 14, 2017

A newly emerged networking group composed of individuals from the United Nations, African Union, and the Permanent Mission of Germany aims to create a platform that tackles peace, stability, and good governance within Africa through female leaders. The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) involves 80 participants from varying parts of Africa, many ranging from Africa’s

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Panama Takes a New Direction: From Taiwan to China
By admin June 13, 2017

On Tuesday June 13, Panama formally cut off ties with Taiwan in order to establish ties with China. This shift in alliances seems to have no explanation, but the benefits for China are clear. President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama claims that this change is in the best interest for the country, citing China as

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China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative
By admin June 12, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently made a statement that the world should move towards an integrated global economy and away from protectionism. He emphasized the ‘One belt, One road’ initiative which uses billions of dollars of Chinese investment into building infrastructure along the Silk Road. Although many countries would benefit directly and indirectly from the

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP COMPLETES UNITED NATIONS PROJECT ACROSS SOUTH ASIA (AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, INDIA, MALDIVES, NEPAL, PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA)
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Firm Finalizes Evaluation of UNICEF’S Implementation of the Gender Action Plan (2014-17) and Gender Capacity Needs in South Asia To enhance the implementation of the UNICEF Gender Action Plan (GAP) and reinforce multi-sectoral synergies on gender programming, The Bassiouni Group (TBG) managed a robust evaluation, the first of its kind in the region, to provide

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Rewriting Europe’s Engagement in Africa
By admin June 9, 2017

In January of this year, the German government released a proposal for a “Marshall Plan with Africa.”  The tribute to the post-World War II Western European reconstruction program will likely take center stage at the G-20 African Partnership Conference hosted in Berlin this month in addition to the G20 summit in July The plan, formally

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Morocco’s Growing Discontent
By admin June 8, 2017

As Samuel Huntington claims in his essay titled “The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century,” every movement happens in waves. There appear to be trends in the way that countries move towards democracy and globalization. Many people have called the Arab Spring a fourth wave considering the number of Middle Eastern countries that

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