Monthly Archives: October 2017

After ISIS: Economic Impacts
By admin October 20, 2017

This week the Islamic State was ousted from Raqqa, which had served as the de-facto capital of the militants self- declared caliphate. Though this week’s military victory is one in a series in which US backed Kurdish army and other forces retook territory held by the militant group many of the cites are destroyed, forcing

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Recent Victories Over the Islamic State are Worth Celebrating, but the Fight is far From Over
By admin October 19, 2017

It’s been over three years since Western media sources broadcast images of militants storming across the Iraq-Syria border while the Iraqi military fled south, leaving behinds billions of dollars worth of military equipment and millions of civilians to the wrath of a new enemy, the Islamic State. The news shocked the United States and its

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Implications of Trump’s Hardline with Iran’s Nuclear Treaty
By admin October 17, 2017

On Friday, President Trump announced he would terminate the Iran nuclear deal if Congress does not strengthen it, arguing that the current deal served only as a temporary delay in Iran’s eventual goal to obtain nuclear weapons. Trump also accused Iran of violating parts of the agreement, including heavy-water limits and access to international inspectors

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UNICEF Emergency Response in Bangladesh
By admin October 16, 2017

Since August 25th over 400,000 Rohingya refugees, of whom 240,000 are children, have fled the Rakhine State in Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. To meet demands in humanitarian requests, UNICEF first sent emergency supplies to Dhaka, Bangladesh for several thousands of Rohingya children and families in late September. In a statement given to

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US Withdraws from UNESCO
By admin October 13, 2017

On Thursday the Trump Administration announced that it will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Cultural Organization. The announcement comes after years of the US distancing itself on the basis of “anti-Israel” bias. The administration also cited mounting arrears as an additional reason for the decision. According to the spokeswoman for the State Department the

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America’s Military Strategy in Niger
By admin October 12, 2017

Last week, four Green Berets were killed while supporting a Nigerian counterterrorism mission near the Mali-Niger border. The news shocked America, as the elite commandos are known to be the most highly trained soldiers in the world. The deaths brought renewed attention to the United States military presence in Africa, which is largely unknown to

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Duterte’s Latest Public Backlash Over “War on Drugs”
By admin October 10, 2017

  Before being elected president, President Duterte was the mayor of Davao City for more than two decades. There, Duterte endorsed the activities of the notorious “Davao Death Squad,” which had killed hundreds of drug users, street children, and other criminals. Although he denied any involvements in the death squad, he stated they were an

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African Development Bank Fostering New Sustainable Development Agenda
By admin October 9, 2017

On October 6th, The African Development Bank (AfDB), a multinational bank working to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries, and thus contributing to poverty reduction, announced its new role to decentralize and repackage the mechanism by which they tackle key development issues. In a new 10-year landmark strategy titled

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Kenya’s Plastic Bag Ban
By admin October 6, 2017

After ten years of failed legislative attempts, at the end of August Kenya was able to pass a law that banned the sale and use of plastic bags. In what is perhaps the toughest ban, the law prohibits the manufacture, distribution, sale or use of plastic bags with fines imposed as high as $40,000 USD

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Where Does the Catalonian Independence Movement Go From Here?
By admin October 5, 2017

The world watched in horror this past weekend as riot police confronted protestors and stormed voting centers to inhibit Catalonia’s vote for independence, which is located in the northeast part of the country and holds Barcelona as its capital. The scenes caused pro-democracy protests throughout Catalan on Tuesday, leading to a rare televised response by

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Bringing Peace to the Gaza Strip
By admin October 3, 2017

Bringing Peace to the Gaza Strip                     On Tuesday, October 2, Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah arrived in the Gaza Strip for the first time in years to move towards reconciliation between the militant group Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist political organization, and the mainstream Fatah party –

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Sustainable Tourism as a Mechanism for Global Development
By admin October 2, 2017

On World Tourism Day, which recently passed on 27 September 2017, the United Nations stressed the potential of sustainable tourism as a mechanism for economic, social, environmental, and cultural sustainable development. To kick off the celebratory day, Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), attended an official UN celebration of the Day

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