“Beirut vs. Paris” – Careless Negligence, or Chronic Myopia?

On Friday night (CET), citizens around the globe were informed (and appalled) by the atrocious acts of terrorism in Paris of France. The following day, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for this series of mass shootings and suicide bombings that took away 129 lives and wounded several hundreds more. Soon after the attack took […]

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U.N. crowdfunding app helps feed Syrian refugees

On Thursday, the United Nations World Food Programme released a new crowdfunding app in order to help feed Syrian children in Jordanian refugee camps. ShareTheMeal, available for iPhone and Android smartphones, encourages users to “share their meals” with these young refugees by donating as little as $0.50, enough to feed a child for one day.  Those who log in to […]

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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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The Detention of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

On October 15th, Saudi Arabia sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, an outspoken Shia cleric, to death on charges of, “disobeying the ruler,” “inciting sectarian strife,” and, “encouraging, leading, and participating in demonstrations.” Although it is still possible for the ruling to be overturned by appeal or royal pardon, the judgment has sparked a wave of unrest in the largely-Shia Eastern […]

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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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Myanmar on the Mend?

Looking for an exotic travel destination? Myanmar—also known as Burma—is now “open for business”. Myanmar has long been isolated from the rest of the world on account of its former military junta that reigned from 1962-2011. The country—notorious for its human rights abuses—was closed off to international trade and to foreigners. However, ever since its ruthless dictatorship halted in 2011, […]

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