Monthly Archives: July 2017

FARC: Transitioning from Guns to Gavels
By admin July 28, 2017

Founded in 1964 under a Marxist-Lenninist Ideology, the armed wing of the Communist Party is the largest “irregular army” in Colombia operating in various regions of the country. The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) were established after the assassination of Liberal Party leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitain during a period known in Colombia as “La

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Venezuela: A Country in Chaos
By admin July 27, 2017

In 1953, LIFE Magazine referred to Caracas as “the capital of the opportunities in South America.” Throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s the Venezuelan capital flourished, as did much of the country, thanks in large part to the discovery of oil. The liquid gold transformed Venezuela into the richest country in Latin America and one

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China’s Joint Energy Development with the Philippines
By admin July 26, 2017

China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, stated that he supported a joint energy partnership with the Philippines in the South China Sea. This comes on the heel of comments by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte saying he had found a partner to develop oil fields and that exploration would resume later this year. The issue with the

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The Recent Wave of Conflict Between Israel and Palestine
By admin July 25, 2017

On Tuesday, July 25th, the Israeli cabinet moved to switch from the use of metal detectors to security cameras at the Al Aqsa Mosque. The metal detectors had sparked a great degree of opposition from Palestinian worshipers. A wave of violence erupted between Israel, Palestine, and Jordan in the past two weeks. The violence started

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Iran Nuclear Deal, Is It Still “The Worst Deal Ever”?
By admin July 24, 2017

  On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump criticized many of his predecessor’s deals, some of which the US President has begun dismantling. Alongside the Paris Climate Agreement, the international nuclear agreement with Iran was scorned by Trump as being insufficiently tough and going as far to say it was “the worst deal ever.” Now, for

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Ram Nath Kovind: Making History Before Taking Office
By admin July 21, 2017

  This week, India elected National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind to the presidency.  The 71-year-old former governor of Bihar beat United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominee Meira Kumar with 702,044 Electoral College votes as opposed to 367,314 votes for the opposition. Post-election reports shows that cross voting in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Goa

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The Doklam Stand-off
By admin July 19, 2017

Over the past five weeks, the Doka La pass has become the site of one of the tensest regional border stand-offs in almost three decades. The issue emerged out of a border dispute between China and Bhutan, with both countries claiming the rights over the disputed territory in Doklam. Although India does not have a

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Turkey Holds Six Rights Activists In Custody
By admin July 18, 2017

On July 5th, 10 human rights activists, including the director of Amnesty International (AI)-Turkey, were taken into custody for involvement in terrorist activity. Prosecutors accuse the activists of aiding in crimes in the name of a terror organization, albeit not being a member. The activists released their statements shortly after this ruling had been made.

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Font Choice to Make or Break Pakistani Leadership
By admin July 14, 2017

Upon his return from exile in Saudi Arabia, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was poised to initiate an era of Pakistani politics intent on eradicating government corruption, introducing more liberal social reforms, and elevating the economic status of the struggling country. Promising to transform Pakistan into an “Asian tiger” with “zero tolerance for corruption” and

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The G20: A Brief Overview
By admin July 13, 2017

            Not since the G20 London Summit in 2009, set against the backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis, has the meeting of the world’s 20 major economies garnered such widespread attention, intrigue, and tension. This year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted her contemporary heads of state in Hamburg for a

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Asia-Pacific’s Slow Progress on Development Goals
By admin July 12, 2017

A recent United Nations regional Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Baseline Report has come to the conclusion that the Asia-Pacific region needs to boost its development efforts in order to successfully meet the SDG set by the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs. The original target timeframe to achieve the listed goals is by 2030. According

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Maternal Mortality Remains a Struggle in Liberia
By admin July 11, 2017

In Liberia, the maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world with 725 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Lawmakers are trying to lower this statistic by implementing and enforcing laws that require women to go to health clinics for proper delivery. The law dictates that health care providers like local village

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The Dangers of Environmental Activism In Honduras
By admin July 10, 2017

Bertha Zuñiga, daughter of the murdered environmentalist Berta Cáceres, survived an attack this past Friday, June 31st. The incident came only a few weeks after Zuñiga was named the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (Copinh), the nonprofit watchdog group her mother previously led. Two other members were riding in the car

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The Potential of Nuclear Power for African Development
By admin July 7, 2017

As the African population continues to exponentially grow, governments in the continent look for ways to keep up with the booming population. One such way of economic development is by looking towards alternative energy sources, such as nuclear energy. Nuclear energy, in coordination with other clean sources of power, can be a major and efficient

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Twenty Years On, An Uncertain Future For Hong Kong?
By admin July 5, 2017

In his final address as the last British Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten reflected upon how British administration of the autonomous territory had built the scaffold to allow the people of Hong Kong to ascend. Now, 20 years on, China, the giant on its doorstep, stands to test the promise of the “one country,

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