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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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Senate Republicans Push for Oil Drilling in the Alaskan Arctic
By admin October 26, 2017

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska is the largest wildlife refuge in the country, with a little over 19 million acres of land protected by the federal government. A portion named area 1002 is coastal land designated for petroleum reserves, but has not been touched since it was federally protected in 1980. After

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Xi Jinping’s “New Era” of China
By admin October 24, 2017

On October 18, the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) convened to set the tone for policymaking in the next five years, but this weeklong quinquennial party congress made of more than 2300 delegates will also largely be consolidating President Xi Jinping’s already enormous power. With nearly 400 members, about 70 percent, of

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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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Is Kenya’s Election in Crisis?
By admin September 29, 2017

In the wake of the annulment of the August 8th election results which nullified the incumbents Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory over Raila Odinga there have been widespread protests, veiled threats and the decisive question of whether Kenya can pull off another election in only 60 days. The results of the August election were deemed “null and

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What Can the International Community do in South Sudan?
By admin September 28, 2017

  The civil war in South Sudan has become one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent years. The conflict, which has been largely drowned out in Western media by the Syrian War, has killed 300,000 people, internally displaced one million, and pushed two million refugees to several neighboring countries, with at least one million

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The Kurds Referendum For Independence
By admin September 26, 2017

On Monday, September 24th, Iraqi Kurdistan carried out their referendum for an independence vote, with many packed into polling stations across the northern Iraq region. Of the 3.9 million eligible to vote, the electoral commission estimated the turnout at 72 percent, and the outcome is expected to produce a “yes,” despite many opposition within the

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The Impact of Hurricane Irma and Maria on the Caribbean Islands
By admin September 25, 2017

The impact and devastation of Hurricane Maria and Irma in the Caribbean Islands have been widespread, but coordination efforts for aid have until recently been limited. Among then  Bahamas, emergency evacuations disintegrated severe levels of tourism that the island fiscally depends on. Likewise, President of The Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, said he fears a future

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A Look Back at Global Goals Week
By admin September 22, 2017

  “We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world at peace,” said  secretary general Mr. Guterres in the annual report on the work of the U.N, which marked the beginning of the 72nd annual meeting of the U.N. Mr. Guterres speech which preceded the general debate of the U.N general assembly set

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