Monthly Archives: October 2018

Birthright Citizenship and A Century-long Struggle for Immigrants
By admin October 31, 2018

  This week, President Trump said in an interview with Axios that he plans to sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship. He is seeking to stop kids of non-citizens or undocumented immigrants from getting citizenship automatically at birth, which would have a major impact on the immigration laws the country has established through

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‘Voting’ with Our Choices: Child Labor and the Way Forward
By admin October 30, 2018

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s published the 17th edition of Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, estimating that at least 152 million children are engaged in child labor and 25 million people are in forced labor worldwide, which is clear and striking. It notes that some of modern society’s most

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A Right-Wing Extremist Playground
By admin October 29, 2018

As hate speech and far-right principles become mainstays of political campaigns and backbones of domestic policy in different countries around the world, individuals with convoluted perspectives of society are seizing the opportunity to become outspoken and active to achieve their goals. In the United States, Americans are experiencing frequent outbreaks of violence motivated by an

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Know Your Food: The Food Labeling and Certification Craze
By admin October 26, 2018

In 1990 the United States Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA). The legislation was a response to the steady increase in prevalence of organic products since the start of the organic movement in the 1940s. The organic movement, in addition to increased environmental awareness, led to the creation and growth of an organic

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Microplastics and their journey towards your gut
By admin October 25, 2018

The statistics are alarming: within the next minute, one million plastic bottles and two million plastic bags will be purchased. By the end of this year, enough bubble wrap will be produced to encircle the equator at least ten times. Although most of these items will take over 1,000 years to decompose, many will immediately

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In 2018, Large-scale Famine Has Not Yet Said Goodbye
By admin October 24, 2018

  Living in most parts of the world in the 21stcentury, famines seem rare. The world has seen huge progress in fighting hunger and malnutrition, and the overall positive trend is likely to continue. According to the World Bank’s open data on global hunger, there were 95 million fewer children stunted in 2016 than in

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Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion: A Long Way to Go
By admin October 23, 2018

Continuous efforts in improving financial inclusion have been paid off: the 2017 Global Findex database shows that 1.2 billion adults have obtained an account since 2011, including 515 million since 2014. During this period of time, the share of adults who have an account with a financial institution or through a mobile money service, rose

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Cryptocurrency and Government Policies around the World
By admin October 22, 2018

Today’s government regulators face a rising challenge from the fast-growing cryptocurrency technology, and different countries’ attitudes toward it seem to vary a lot. On October 11, Dubai launched the world’s first government-backed cryptocurrency. A state-backed subsidiary of the Dubai Department of Economic Development launched the digital currency called Emcash, which can be used for making

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Replacing Plastic
By admin October 19, 2018

To date, more than 60 countries have introduced legislation to reduce the use of single-use plastics – including bags, straws, cups, and other products. This is causing a serious shift in the global plastics market which by 2020 was projected to be worth $654.38 billion. The largest segment of this market, plastic packaging, is arguably

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An unexpected culprit is making China’s air pollution worse
By admin October 18, 2018

Scientists have identified a new offender contributing to China’s wintertime smog, and controlling it could be the key to maintaining significant air improvements in air quality that many northeastern cities experienced last winter. Emissions from formaldehyde, a byproduct from vehicles and chemical refineries has played a larger role than previously recognized in producing the thick,

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It’s Not Just about Food: Food Delivery and Environment
By admin October 16, 2018

  If you’ve ever ordered a meal kit from Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, you’ve probably had this experience: A large cardboard box shows up on a delivery truck from one of the company’s few distribution centers around the country, filled with ice packs and insulation, and many, many small plastic packages of food. It’s

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The Netherlands: Safe Haven for Liberals and VNSAs?
By admin October 15, 2018

  On September 22, gunmen opened fire at a “Sacred Defense Week” military parade in Ahvaz, Iran. The assailants, donned in military uniforms, carried out a 10 minute attack that left more than two dozen people dead and 70 more injured. The majority of victims were members of Iran’s Revolutionary guard.  In the days following the

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The Villainization of Plastic Straws
By admin October 12, 2018

  On October 2nd, 2018, IKEA and London’s Design Museum opened their Last Straw exhibition. The Last Straw features the last single-use plastic straw IKEA will ever provide in any of their UK or Ireland locations. The exhibit highlights IKEA’s People and Planet Positive strategy, specifically its ban on single-use plastics that will be completely

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After seven years, Google+ is now shutting its doors after information exposure
By admin October 11, 2018

Google has announced that it would shut down Google Plus, the competitor to Facebook’s social network after discovering a security vulnerability that exposed the private data of over 500,000 users. The security breach that occurred in March was kept under wraps because it didn’t appear that anyone had gained access to user information and per

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What Chinese Media Say about the Trade War with US
By admin October 10, 2018

A bitter trade war is looming between China and the US. The US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese goods. From July to August this year, the US imposed 25 percent tariff on a total of $50 billion of Chinese goods, and China retaliated proportionally. On September 24, a new round of tariffs,

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When Technology Meets Agriculture: Can We Expect More?
By admin October 9, 2018

Nowadays, agricultural technology is no longer an obscure niche. The blockchain in agriculture and food supply chains markets will be worth over $400 million in the next five years, according to a new report authored by Reportlinker last Thursday. The boom of agriculture technology can be explained by Demand and Supply Law. The population growth

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The New Kazakhstan: Central Asia’s most promising emerging market
By admin October 8, 2018

When thinking of emerging markets, BRICS often come to mind. However, Kazakhstan’s dedication to enhancing economic prosperity and its location as the link between Europe and Asia, make it a prime destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). On October 4th, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted the Kazakhstan in a Changing Eurasia conference. The all-day event, sponsored by

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India’s Plan to Achieve the SDGs
By admin October 5, 2018

  In May of 2016, a farmer named Subash Palekar won the Padmashri award, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, for the development of the Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) model, a model he had been developing since 1986. The model was formalized in 1995, and quickly gained popularity among small-stakeholder farmers

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Landmark Macedonian referendum to change its name declared a success despite low voter turnout
By admin October 4, 2018

  Macedonian voters took to the polls on the last weekend of September to determine whether or not to change the name of their country – in a move that would pave the path towards entry into NATO and the European Union. However, low voter turnout almost threatened these potential outcomes. Macedonians voted on whether

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Rural Ecommerce in China: Opportunities and Challenges
By admin October 3, 2018

Due to significant development in logistic infrastructure and the rising Internet penetration rate in China, ecommerce has become an increasingly familiar term for Chinese rural residents- approximately 45 percent of the total population. This segment of the population has long been excluded from the convenience of buying and selling goods online. According to the ministry

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NAFTA No More: Canada joins the U.S. and Mexico in the U.S.M.C.A.
By admin October 1, 2018

In 1994, the United States, Mexico and Canada signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, popularly known as NAFTA. The deal, meant to facilitate economic activity between the three countries, led to the phasing out of various tariffs associated with agriculture, textiles and automobiles between 1994 and 2008. Having shaped North American trade relations for

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