16 dead after militants attack Grand Bassam beach resort

On Sunday, six armed militants killed fourteen civilians and two soldiers in an attack on Grand Bassam, an Ivory Coast beach resort popular among Westerners and located only 25 miles from the capital, Abidjan.   According to a witness, the attackers were “heavily armed and wearing balaclavas” and “fired at guests at L’Etoile du Sud, a large hotel which was full of expats in the current heatwave.”  Photos posted by other witnesses on Twitter showed the assailants toting machine guns and a sign...
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World Health Organization declares Zika virus global health emergency

In May of last year, an outbreak of the Zika virus was discovered in Brazil.  Less than a year later, the virus has spread to over twenty countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it an international public health emergency in early February. An increasing body of evidence links the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, to microcephaly, a condition which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and, consequently, inco...
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Let’s Talk Turkey: The Real Problem Brewing in Syria

While American foreign policy pundits are focused on ISIS as the toxic byproduct of four years of the Syrian Civil War, there is a much more important issue developing. As more international actors join the fray in Syria, tensions between some of the world’s largest militaries are escalating at an alarming rate. On one hand, we have the Russia/Iran axis that has been supporting the Assad regime since long before the outbreak of Civil War. The introduction of Russian ground and air forces (alo...
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Mob attack shows that racism is very much alive in India

Imagine a city where a person is discriminated against based on the color of their skin. A city in which foreigners are not welcomed. A place in which prejudice often turns to violence. We are not talking about a city in Europe dealing with racism and xenophobia and we are sure as hell not talking about someplace in the United States. We are talking about Bangalore, a major South Indian city in Karnataka. Early February, reports from major news sources around the world had reported on an a...
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Spring Election Preview

All eyes might be on the United States this year for its November general election, but across the world contests are taking place that seriously shake up global politics. Ireland On Friday, February 26, Ireland will head to the polls to select a new Taoiseach (yes, that’s really the name for the Irish head of state). Incumbent leader Enda Kenny of the center-right Finn Gael party called the election to renew his coalition government’s mandate. Kenny’s government was elected in the aft...
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Red Alert: China’s Suffocating Smog Problem

Beijing, as well as a vast area from Xian in central to China to Harbin in the frigid north-east are in the midst of a hazardous “red-alert” smog. This is the second alert to be issued in Chin, the first warning was given only a little more than a week ago. Residents in Beijing especially are being advised to omit from going outdoors and are even undergoing restrictions on the use of vehicles, factories and construction work. The health effects are alarming. Long-term exposure to PM2.5—particul...
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Chapter 9: Bankruptcy

Currently struggling with a $72 billion debt Puerto Rico, the US territory, has been approved to appear in the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to restructure a portion of its large debt.  The small island territory first began struggling back in 2006 when a recession hit.  Over 9 years that recession has not let up, and the debt continued to pile on and is now 64% larger than it originally was.  With the debt situation showing absolutely no signs of improving, Puerto Rico previously passed a law all...
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Why France?

In light of the horrific terror attacks on Paris France, many French and Westerners have been wondering, “Why us?” There are the more obvious reasons for the attack: Many European states, including Belgium and France have substantial, unassimilated Muslim minorities that are prone to radicalization. Furthermore, it is viewed by many in the Islamic world as instituting policies directed against Muslims. The attack can also be viewed through the traditional ‘attack on our democratic and free va...
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Breakfast at Sodiam’s: The Central African Republic’s Diamond Nightmare

Civil war rages on in the Central African Republic for nearly three years now, with tremendous human suffering. The most recent figures put the number of displaced people at 800,000, with another 2 million in dire need of assistance. For a country whose pre-war population was close to 4.6 million people, these statistics attest to the chaos that has engulfed civil society. Before taking on its current magnitude, the conflict started with a quasi-routine coup d’état: President François Bozize was...
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Unsung Heroes: Anonymous at War with ISIS

Following devastating terror attacks in Paris, Lebanon, and on a Russian commercial flight, many countries have vowed to fight ISIS until it can no longer function as a terror organization. While these threats and calls to action demonstrate the tenacity and power of the governments behind them, one non-governmental group has vowed to fight the anti-terror battle as well on a different field; the internet. Anonymous, the sometimes-questionable coalition of hackers who have, in the past, hacked S...
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