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  Somalia, a State Again

In January 2013, the United States formally recognized the first Somali national government since 1991 when the Siad Barre dictatorship was overthrown and the country fell into a period of statelessness (Hogg, 2008). After a three-year battle with AMISOM, the …

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  Oil and Natural Gas: The Next Economic Boom?

Oil and natural gas are two of the world’s most prominent energy sources, accounting for 60 percent of the world’s energy needs (National Energy Board, 2012). The U.S. share in the production of these resources is growing. Oil production in …

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  Inequality, Income and Race: Affirmative Action in Developing Nations

At the end of August 2012, as students prepared to return to universities in northern parts of Brazil for the new semester,  President Dilma Rousseff signed the new Law of Social Quotas, a sweeping decree on the nation’s policies of …

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  Egypt: Nation at a Crossroads

More than a year after the Arab Spring, the world watches Egypt with great anticipation as this historic leader tries to become a democratic state.  Not since the so-called third wave of democratization in 1970s has the world seen such …

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  The Battle over Birth Control for Developing Nations

Melinda Gates, wife of billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates, recently caused controversy when she pledged billions of dollars to extend “affordable, life-saving contraceptive services to an additional 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020.”1 Speaking at the …

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  Mexico’s Election: Towards Democracy or Dictatorship?

In a national election fraught with controversy, Mexicans elected PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, thereby reinstating the political party that headed an autocratic regime for more than 70 years and whose expulsion in 2000 had been heralded …

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  Globalization Challenges at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

Every two years when the Olympic season begins, new globalization controversies are brought to light. Many activists view the Olympics as the perfect platform to raise public awareness and pressure governments and corporations to behave more ethically.  Battles waged ahead …

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  Rio 20+, a Failed Effort to Build a New Worldwide Sustainability Agreement

In June 2012, the biggest United Nations conference in its history, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20), was held in Rio de Janeiro. More than 45,000 people participated, including more than 100 heads of state, …

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  Globalization and the Student Loan Crisis

Across the U.S. a debate is simmering over student loans. A quick Internet search produces headlines such as “Debunking the student loan crisis,” “Is the so-called student loan crisis one big exaggeration,” and “The student loan crisis is crippling American …

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  Will the Kony2012 Campaign Help Central Africa?

A 2012 media blitz highlighting Joseph Kony has taken the United States by storm. Invisible Children, an American NGO, are carrying out a social media campaign, Kony 2012, to raise awareness of the existence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) …

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