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VII Congress of the Communist Party Roars Against US Influence

At the VII Communist Party Congress, Raul Castro warned of the perils posed by imperialism (American), foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez strongly tried to diminish Obamas' influence on the Cuban population, and all delegates voted toShow More Summary

To Tell Meaningful Stories About Child Marriage, Feature the Voices of Girls -- Not Just Their Faces

Every year around the world, 15 million girls marry before turning 18, the legal age of consent in many countries. India -- where I live and work -- is home to one-third of these brides. Early marriage cuts girls and young women offShow More Summary

Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver?

Anything above 1.5 degrees Celsius is a death sentence for us and for the planet. ______________ THE PARIS AGREEMENT A historic event took place on Earth Day 2016. It was a decisive moment for the planet. On Friday, April 22nd around 60 heads of state gathered at the United Nations in New York for the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. Show More Summary

The Unexplained Deaths at Bhakra Canal

For the past five years, divers in the state of Punjab, India have been routinely retrieving four to five deceased bodies from the Khanauri barrage of the Bhakra Canal, located in the district of Patiala (Hindustan Times, 2016). Despite...Show More Summary

Al-Qaeda: 5 Years After the Death of Osama bin Laden

In the aftermath of the successful US Navy SEALs operation to kill Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda vowed to continue to attack the US and its allies. Five years later, the terrorist organization is being overshadowed by the extremely brutal Islamic State group. Show More Summary

UN Security Council Must Live Up to its Responsibilities in Western Sahara

Last month, in a remarkable challenge to the authority of the UN Security Council, the Kingdom of Morocco ordered the expulsion of most of the civilian personnel in the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara. This unilateral decision...Show More Summary

10 Reasons Why Vice President Michel Temer Won't Be Brazil's Next President

On Sunday, April 17, right after the lower house of Congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, I wrote that the Workers' Party was over. That doesn't mean, however, that Vice President Michel Temer will become the next president. The...Show More Summary

Philippines' Troubled Democracy: The Folly of Autocratic Nostalgia

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion," Edmund Burke, the great 18th century conservative thinker, once warned. Today, a specter is hunting the democratic world -- the specter of autocratic nostalgia. With...Show More Summary

Sri Lanka: A Troubling Spate of Arrests Across the Northern and Eastern Provinces

A recent spate of arrests across Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern and Eastern Provinces is cause for serious concern. It's been more than fifteen months since Mahinda Rajapaksa was thrown out of power, yet the island nation's state...Show More Summary

Obama's European Folly

President Barack Obama's recent -- and most probably the last -- visit to Europe was a failure. It could have turned the tide of declining relationship but ended up as a lackluster goodbye toast. Multiple acts of terrorism in FranceShow More Summary

Future of the Power Sector in Nigeria (A Response to the Minister)

The transparency that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing provided in the Q&A session on the electricity industry published in Vanguard newspaper is commendable. There was a time when things happened and no one knew why or why not. Show More Summary

Women: A Benchmark of Saudi and Iranian Reform

With Saudi Arabia announcing plans for a major restructuring of the kingdom's economy and Iran gearing up to become a regional hegemon, women's sports is emerging as a benchmark of reform, and one that so far is less than promising. Saudia...Show More Summary

Spiritual Trekking in Nepal

(Photo: Nepal Tourism Board's Facebook) Pashupati is a great spot for those devoted in devotional service which is the simplest method to approach the supreme. All the parapheranelia to worship Lord Shiva are available at Pashupatinath. Indian pilgrims from all over the world flock here in days of Mahashivaratri. Show More Summary

Why We Need to Stand United Against Governments Cracking Down on Dissent

Last month, after receiving threats for opposing a hydroelectric project, Berta Caceres, a Honduran indigenous and environmental rights campaigner, was murdered. A former winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for her opposition to one of Central America's biggest hydropower projects, Berta was shot dead in her own home. Show More Summary

An American Grapples with ANZAC Day 2016

Denise and I missed the Dawn Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance on ANZAC Day 2016. We needed to be up by 4:30 am and out of the house by 5:15 am because we intended to walk the 2.6 kilometres from Hardy Street in South Yarra to the Shrine. Show More Summary

Where's the Brown Voice

Aziz Ansari's show Master of None really brought something to the forefront, the state of South Asians in the United States. During the episode "Indians on TV", the viewer really got to understand how type casted South Asians are in American television. Show More Summary

Why Does Israel Refuse to Recognize the Armenian Genocide?

Co-authored by Hasmik Piliposyan April 24 marked 101 years since the start of the Armenian genocide, when Ottoman Turks killed approximately 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and others. The Republic of Turkey denies that the...Show More Summary

New York Dreams

The capital city of the modern world full of all the riches that the modern man craves is New York City. One of the most important aspect of New York City is its modern subway transportation system that is unique from the rest of the world. Show More Summary

The Woeful Struggles of Type 1 Diabetes in Africa and the Path to a Possible Solution

As the baby of a large family, my sister, Sonia, was the apple of everyone's eyes. Affectionately called Sunny Sunshine, her ever-present smile and enormous heart made her easily a favorite sibling and best friend to each of us, and most certainly my 4-year-old nephew's dream of a mom. Show More Summary

New Research Shows ISIS Recruitment Driven by Cultural Isolation

The data for this map comes from a paper published yesterday by the National Bureau of Economic Research: What Explains the Flow of Foreign Fighters to ISIS? As the map shows, the Muslim populations most likely to join ISIS are not in...Show More Summary

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