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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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 spanning over two centuries. Latin American countries notably switch out constitutions in favor for a newer one as tim...
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Senate Confirmation Hearings: Why So Many Feelings?

With Obama's second term now officially underway, the administration wasted no time in moving forward with its cabinet reshuffle. The American government is one of very few in the world that allows its legislative bodies anything other than a confirmation formality when it comes to ministerial appointments. In fact, unlike much of the rest of the Western world, the American congress is arguably the biggest hurdle for any secretary level position. In the coming weeks, the confirmation hearings an...
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US Elections: An International's perspective

With the U.S. GOP primaries poised to slog on for another few months and the general election hovering over the horizon, it has been an intriguing time for us internationals that aren't used to experiencing American democracy in person. As a U.S. citizen that has spent all of his life overseas, the electoral aspect of American democracy stands out in particular when compared to its British counterpart. On the electoral side of things, the current primary cycle has showcased a system that seems ...
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