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THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: THE MOTHER OF SMARTPHONE BUT VICTIM OF RICH NATURAL RESOURCES
By admin January 23, 2019

Established as an official Belgian colony in 1908, the then-Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960. The country’s early years were marred by political and social instability and today, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is still reeling from the effects of a widespread civil war, preventable diseases and starvation. Weak governance

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The Rohingya – The Stateless People Even a Nobel laureate Does Not Want
By admin January 7, 2019

The Rohingya, considered by the international community to be the “most persecuted minority in the world”, are a majority Muslim ethnic group that represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar. They have their own language and culture and are descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations.

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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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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 Reality of Living Amid Climate Change
By admin July 9, 2018

In the last week, headlines have been full of devastating news on extreme weather events linked to climate change and sea level rise. A heat wave skyrocketed energy demand on the Los Angeles grid, leaving tens of thousands without power; in addition to wild forest fires due to drier conditions that have once again forced

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Will Oil Sanctions Against North Korea be Effective?
By admin September 21, 2017

After Kim Jong Un disregarded deterrence measures taken by Japan, the United States, and South Korea, the United Nations passed a new round of sanctions last week which targeted North Korean textile exports and capped oil imports, falling short of a full oil embargo advocated by the Trump administration. The United States has believed for

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Boko Haram: ISIS’s Strategic Ally in Africa
By admin August 4, 2017

  Boko Haram, known in Arabic as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad), is an Islamist militant group best known for causing havoc through abductions, bombings, and assassinations. Founded in 2002 to oppose the influence Western education, organizational goals shifted in 2009 to forming an

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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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Are Qatar’s Contentious Relationships All Bad?
By admin June 23, 2017

Qatar, once one of the poorest Gulf states, is now one of the region’s wealthiest countries. The nation, rich in gas reserves, has received criticism from other Arab nations in the past for supporting various terrorist groups throughout the Middle East including Palestinian Hamas in Gaza and Islamist organizations in Egypt and Syria. Recent rifts

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Terrorist Attack In Bogota, Colombia Leaves Three Dead
By admin June 22, 2017

On Saturday, June 17th, a bomb was set off in one of Colombia’s largest malls located in Bogotá. Bogota’s Mayor, Enrique Peñalosa, has called this a “cowardly terrorist bombing.” President Juan Manuel Santos has launched an investigation and announced a USD $35,000 reward for information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits of

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The Purpose of Today’s Nation State
By admin October 19, 2016

There is a wealth of information on the history of nation states as well as a body of political theories, dating back centuries, that outline what the state is, what its purpose is and how that has transcended to encompass more responsibilities today that has rendered modern states, mere depictions of their more ancient counterparts.

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