New Constitution + Election Season = New problems for Africa

This past month has seen many state leaders calling for the creation of new constitutions in their respective countries. Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, Zambia, Chile, amongst other countries, all might possibly have a new constitution in the coming months. The construction and use of constitutions vary from each corner of the world. In the United States we’ve had the same constitution […]

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New Imperialism: On Aid to Developing African Nations

Last Tuesday, USAID announced that it would be providing about $97 million in food aid to Ethiopia, as early tracking of El Niño weather patterns are predicted to cause “limited agricultural production, strained livelihoods, and exacerbated food insecurity among poor and vulnerable households”[1] throughout the horn of Africa. Since this summer of 2015, USAID has provided more than $245 million […]

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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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When a huge corruption takes place in a huge nonprofit organization – the 2015 FIFA corruption scandal

The FIFA World Cup that takes place every four years is one of the most celebrated sports gatherings in the world. Millions of soccer fans around the globe would go to the stadiums or sit in front of their televisions for hours, while the players will toil hard on the fields hoping to represent the pride of their home countries and […]

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Russian Incursions Into Georgia: The Next Crimea?

Last week, VICE News released a video chronicling a crucial and disturbing development in central Georgia. Russian-backed forces in the semi-autonomous Georgian province of South Ossetia have been slowly pushing the border with Georgia out by up to one kilometer. This has been enforced with barbed-wire fences, signs indicating a “state border,” and strict policing. Dozens of Georgians have been […]

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Terror in the Sinai?

On Saturday, Kogalymavia Flight 9268 crashed shortly after takeoff over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. The flight departed from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, and its intended destination was St. Petersburg, Russia. Although Egyptian civil aviation authorities initially resisted connecting the crash to terrorists, today U.S. intelligence agencies apparently are now investigating the […]

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#FeesMustFall: The South African Student Movement With Far-Reaching National Consequences

The South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was delayed in presenting his budget to parliament today when student protesters broke through the parliament gates. South African MP’s and riot police used a steady barrage of tear gas and flash grenades to push back the swelling mobs. The protesters called for Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, yet pounded him with a […]

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President Obama’s Carter Moment

The beginning of the Russian military intervention on September 30, 2015 marked a substantial escalation in the Syrian Civil War. The first day of the Russian airstrikes were directed largely against rebel held Homs and the surrounding rebel controlled areas, killing at least 36 civilians, including at least five children according to the Syrian National Council. This is in contrast […]

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Helping Refugees from Syria and Iraq

On Monday afternoon, the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society held a lunchtime meeting on refugee issues.  The event featured Rami Al-Maqsadi, the former director of the Syrian Refugees Ministry with the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.  Al-Maqsadi spoke extensively about his first-hand experience working with refugees from Iraq and Syria, particularly emphasizing the challenges these displaced individuals face […]

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