ISIS and Women

Although it seems that the sun is setting on ISIS’ power as a terrorist group and quasi-state, recent findings suggest there has been a resurgence in recruitment, particularly of women. While initially, ISIS was highly reticent of female recruits, even going so far as to discourage them from joining, the need to build the caliphate and even manage women in […]

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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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A Modern Medieval Nightmare

Streets that lack asphalt, houses without water and electricity and whole communities wanting in proper access to schooling and healthcare— while this might sound like a description of a medieval town this is the reality for hundred millions of people in India. The Indian slums are known as prime examples of the economic theory of the poverty traps. What this […]

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Avoiding the Revisionist Trap: A Look at Fidel Castro’s Legacy

It is extraordinarily rare that one gets to reflect on the life of a figure who has fundamentally altered the course of world history, and the death of Fidel Castro is one such occasion. Castro was one of the last living reminders of an era marked by the unending battle between Capitalism and Communism – he stood as the leader […]

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Morsi’s Death Sentence Overturned

In a new court ruling, the Court of Cassation overturned the death sentence of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and ordered a retrial. Morsi first came into power in 2012 as the first democratically elected president. Despite this apparent gain for the people, Morsi quickly fostered a great deal of resentment among Egyptians. He was accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian […]

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Venezuela’s Not-Quite-Affordable Lack of Care Act

The way President Nicolás Maduro would tell it, Venezuela has the best health care system on the planet.  (Or, he’s allowed, perhaps second-best after Cuba.) This idea runs counter to every observation that can be made about Venezuela’s current health care crisis.  Against the backdrop of the world’s steepest economic decline, sharpest rising inflation rate, and second highest murder rate, […]

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Baghdad Green Zone Breach Highlights Deeper Sectarian Concerns

In the Iraqi capital, the “Green Zone” has been considered a relatively safe haven from the chaos and turmoil that have plagued the nation since the US invasion in 2003. Sectarian violence has been a staple of Baghdadi life as Sunni and Shiite factions vie for control over Iraq’s government. Early Saturday, an ISIS car bomb went off just east […]

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While US Tightens Sanctions, North Korea Continues Unfazed

On Tuesday, President Obama signed an executive order imposing even more sanctions against the DPRK for its continued violations of the six-party talks. In response to these and UN sanctions, Kim Jong-Un ordered nuclear missile tests to come in the near future. Today, North Korea also announced that American Otto Warmbier has been sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. […]

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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 […]

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