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  Post Newton: Re-Examining Mental Health Issues

The December 2012 Newton massacre that killed 27 people started a national debate on gun control and mental health issues. The National Rifle Association (NRA) claims that mental illness, not the guns are responsible for the devastation. Nearly half a …

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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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  What Germany Thinks About Globalization

Germany has benefitted from globalization, it’s economic and labor polices allowed the country to thrive despite the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009. The country though faces stark demographic challenges, with an aging population and a shrinking workforce. Many fear that the …

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  Gangnam Style Takes the World by Storm

The song “Gangnam style” by Korean pop (K-Pop) star Psy has surpassed all previous Internet milestones and is now the most-watched video ever on YouTube. As of December 25th, the video was watched more than one billion times. From politicians …

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  Four More Years: Globalization and Obama’s Second Term

After a resounding win in the 2012 presidential elections, President Obama faces many hard choices in his second term.  In the short term, finding a solution to prevent the fiscal cliff will be the first priority of the administration. If …

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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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  Anti-Muslim Film: Behind the Violent Response

The murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three aides on September 11th and the attempted take-over of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was blamed on a trailer for an anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims, which was released on …

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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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