Tag Archives: international-law

  Life after Chavez

Within minutes of the announcement of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, media outlets worldwide covered this breaking story. Considered larger than life, Chavez ruled Venezuela with an iron fist for the past 14 years. In 1998, Chavez came …

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  TAFTA: A Tran-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement

The blogosphere sprang into action after President Obama announced in the State of the Union plans to pursue a free trade agreement with Europe. While negotiations between Europe and the United States took place multiple times over the last two …

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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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  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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  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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  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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  Arctic Drilling

Many associate the Arctic with dramatic icy landscapes spotted by glaciers and floating ice caps and filled with polar bears, walruses, sea otters, whales and migrating birds. The World Wildlife Fund describes it as a “keystone ecosystem for the entire …

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  Drone Warfare: the Dehumanization of War

Tom Engelhardt, fellow at The Nation Institute writes, “first came professional war, then privatised war, then mercenary and outsourced war – all of which made war ever more remote from most Americans. Finally, both literally and figuratively, came remote war …

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