The Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis: Boko Haram

As the political drama of the U.S. presidential election unfolded late in 2016, most television sets in northeastern Nigeria tuned into the action. In the heart of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, the food shortage and infrastructural devastation caused by Boko Haram has received little media coverage. Military efforts to combat the region’s terrorist group have reduced wartime violence but left small-scale terror and a humanitarian catastrophe in their wake. National governmen...
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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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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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After Paris: The Rise of Islamophobia

The terrorist attack on Paris last week left not only over a hundred dead and more than 300 injured, but it also prompted an alarming increase in Islamophobic and anti-refugee sentiments all around the world. After ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on the French capital, a wave of hate crimes undulated through Europe, the United States, Australia and even Canada. This backlash is strongly reminiscent of the Islamophobia that gripped the United States after September 11. However, only 2 ...
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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, there has been talk of Myanmar becoming the next “Thailand” of Southeast Asia. Now freed from economic sa...
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Children of Argentina's "Dirty War"

Last month, Estela Barnes de Carlotto announced that she had finally found her grandson, Guido, after 36 years of searching for him. Estela de Carlotto is the president of the Association of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. She is 84 years old and is perhaps the greatest figure in the defense of human rights in Argentina. While pregnant, her daughter was snatched by Argentina’s brutal military junta, which lasted from 1976-83. Guido, who had been raised under the name Ignacio Hurban over 200 mile...
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Starvation: Assad's Newest Weapon

It's been a while since I've talked about Syria, but that doesn't mean I've forgotten. And now, luckily for you, I'm back to keep you up to date. Amidst global scrutiny regarding the deployment of chemical weapons in Syria, Bashar al-Assad has turned to the past for a new way to inflict terror and suffering: starvation. Slate aptly calls starvation a "weapon of mass destruction," [1] and indeed it has been for centuries. notably against Jews in World War II and as part of siege in the Medieval ...
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The Future of Gaza

On Wednesday, the chief of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jebari, was assassinated in Gaza during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian territory. After the assassination, Israel continued its advance on Gaza, attacking from the air as well as from Israeli navy ships off the Gaza shoreline. Five other Palestinians were killed that day, including 2 children [1]. The image to the left shows an explosion in Gaza City, one of the most densely populated places in the world, from an Israeli airstrike. ...
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