The Syrian Crisis

“Do not forget Aleppo!” These were the words shouted by an assassin as he gunned down the Russian ambassador to Turkey this past December. The words that accompanied the shocking murder were striking reminder to the Western world to not overlook the suffering occurring in the then-besieged Syrian city. Indeed, what was once an economic, cultural and historical hub of Syria […]

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Puentes de Esperanza : Bridging Gaps in Nicaragua’s Education System

Nicaragua—population 6 million—has over 2 million school-aged children and is largely considered among the poorest countries in Central and Latin America. According to UNICEF, around 500,000 children are not in the formal education system, and half of all adults and children live in poverty. Although in recent years Nicaragua has maintained a stable youth literacy rate of 86.5%,  residents of rural areas continue […]

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How effective is the International Criminal Court?

On March 13, the International Criminal Court formally ended its case against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, four years after Kenyatta was charged with inciting postelection violence. 1,200 people perished in the aftermath of the 2007 elections. Kenyatta was the first sitting president to appear before the ICC. The African Union heavily criticized the ICC investigation of Kenyatta, stating that […]

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A Deal With One Winner–And It’s Not The Free World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent address to a Joint Session of Congress regarding the Iranian nuclear deal received major attention over the past few weeks. But the more important issue at hand cuts much deeper than Bibi’s speech and cries of Israeli electioneering. We ought, instead, to examine why Netanyahu felt it so important to speak out and why […]

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In Which Putin Plays Hide and Seek

Well, Putin’s missing. No one has seen him in about a week. For whatever reason, this is not exactly surprising. It would not be hard to imagine the American government devolving into a Rand Paul-led self-parody were Obama to disappear for ten days, yet the average reaction to Putin’s absence seems to be a darkly amused, “Yeah, that sounds about […]

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Hey, Remember Edward Snowden?

Last night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded the film Citizenfour with “Best Feature Documentary.” The film chronicles Edward Snowden’s leakage of classified NSA documents, which themselves detailed the extent to which the agency was conducting surveillance on private citizens. I haven’t seen it, though I’m sure it’s both a wonderful thriller and the most tangible results […]

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Mexico’s Police Force: The “Plata o Plomo” Predicament

When it comes to fighting drug cartels and violence, Mexico’s police force is often “caught between a rock and hard place”. Mexico’s police force is frequently forced to choose between two ugly alternatives, which are commonly referred to as “plata o plomo”. “Plata o plomo” translates to “silver or lead” and describes the predicament that Mexico’s police force is caught […]

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