Monthly Archives: November 2017

Net Neutrality Policies: Proponents and Opponents
By admin November 28, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proceeding with long-anticipated plans to dismantle net neutrality protections, a decision that would have large implications for much of the general public. Last week, Ajit Pai, the chair of the FCC declared his intention to change the way access to the internet is regulated. The FCC subsequently released a

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WHO’s Commitment to Curbing Global Tuberculosis Cases
By admin November 27, 2017

On November 17th, 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an urgent action to end Tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. Seventy-five ministers and high-level officials affirmed their action to end TB at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response. Over 1000 participants were in attendance at

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Poland Reprimanded by the EU
By admin November 24, 2017

The European Union (EU) has worked for a long time to achieve economic and political peace within its member states through the mechanisms of collective action, including threat of loss of funding, privileges or expulsion from the Union. The power of the EU is largely in its capability to orchestrate a concerted action against a

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The Outcomes of the COP23 Talks
By admin November 22, 2017

From November 6th to 17th, diplomats from all over the world traveled to Bonn, Germany for the 23rd conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) hosted by Fiji. While several large scale decisions were resolved for the most vulnerable countries affected by climate change, many major decisions were pushed off for

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The Political Fall of Mugabe and his Legacy
By admin November 21, 2017

In a highly anticipated nationalized speech on Sunday, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe stunned the nation by announcing he would not be stepping down. This unexpected turnaround also comes moments after the governing party, ZANU-PF, expelled Mugabe from the party and gave him a Monday noon ultimatum to step down as president, or expect impeachment. Now

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Is this the end of Robert Mugabe’s political career?
By admin November 16, 2017

Robert Mugabe, the long-term President of Zimbabwe, is currently under house arrest after a military takeover occurred to rid the government of “criminals.” The ruling party, Zanu PF, posted on Twitter than the ousted vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will take over the party. Although the military said it was not a coup, it seems the

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Trump’s Asia Tour: Insights and Implications
By admin November 14, 2017

President Trump wrapped up his 12-day, 5-nation tour of Asia on Monday in Manila, Philippines, capping off a trip filled with new implications for what role the United States will play going forward in the Eastern Hemisphere. Monday’s visit also ended with Trump meeting Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte, a highly anticipated meeting due to Duterte’s

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Inhumane Conditions in Makeshift Refugee Camps in Papua New Guinea
By admin November 10, 2017

Following a decision in mid-August to close a detention center in Papua New Guinea (PNG) there has been a severe humanitarian crisis regarding the relocation of the many hundreds of detainees who were held there as asylum seekers. Many fear leaving the detention camps because of violence in the surrounding areas and thus refuse to

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Catalonia in Political Chaos
By admin November 9, 2017

In early October, The Bassiouni Group (TBG) posted a blog on the Catalonian independence movement outlining the options both sides had in the situation. At the time, the referendum vote just happened, producing a “yes” vote to secede from the central government. Potential negotiations were on the table, and if those failed, the central government

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COP23 Climate Change Summit Still Strong Despite Trump
By admin November 7, 2017

On Monday, diplomats from nearly 200 countries gathered in Bonn, Germany to participate in COP23, a two-weeklong series of climate negotiations and meetings related to the implementation of the Paris Agreement signed in 2016. The United States, once a pivotal player in climate talks, will be taking a diminished, if not antagonizing role at COP23

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UNCCC 2017: Major Challenges in Working Towards Renewable Energy
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The 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) is happening in Germany between November 6th and 17th. While extensive preparations are leading up to the conference, Rachel Kyte, the special representative for sustainable energy has announced the need for developing and ensuring a “smooth and speedy energy transition” for all. As the special representative for

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Interest Rates Indicate Uncertain Economic Future for Britian
By admin November 3, 2017

The National bank of England has announced that it will raise interest rates for the first time in almost 10 years. This change in monetary policy may be indicative of increased confidence in a post-Brexit economy.  However, some analysts say otherwise. While the initial economic shock of the Brexit vote has been wearied, analysts say

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Palestine Begins Process of Unification
By admin November 2, 2017

Yesterday marked another major step in the unification of Palestine, as the Palestinian Authority took control over Gaza Strip crossings from Hamas. This was a primary step in the historic peace agreement struck in mid October between Hamas and Fatah. Although the agreement has held steady so far, the future will bring considerable difficulties that

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UNICEF Reports Demographic Shift in Africa
By admin November 1, 2017

UNICEF released a report this week regarding the projected increase in Africa’s child population. The population of children in Africa is projected to increase by 170 million in the next 13 years, according to UNESCO study: “A Generation 2030 Africa 2.0.” The report reviews the demographic transition occurring in Africa to gain a better understanding of the

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