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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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  Off to the Races: Presidential Elections around the World in 2012

With the 2012 presidential election in the United States heating up, it is difficult for one to avoid the media blitz that surrounds the contest.  Especially during the primary season, the news networks have become inundated with results, debates, and …

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  What Portugal Thinks About Globalization

Due to the European debt crisis and Portugal’s status as a debtor nation, Portugal has been covered in the media a lot in recent months. Beyond the immediate crisis, less is known about the impact of globalization on the country. …

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  Behind the New Burma

A thaw in relations between Burma and the West is underway. U.S. Secretary of State, United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary and other high level government officials from the West have recently visited this former pariah state. Europe eased travel bans for …

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  A Kim of a Different Il: Possible effects of North Korean Succession

Introduction and History On December 17, 2011, North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-il, died of a heart attack while on a train outside of Pyongyang.  As a result, his youngest son, Great Successor Kim Jong-un, was left in control of …

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  Torture in the U.S.: Shocking Disabled Children at the Judge Rotenberg Center

Home to approximately 200 children with severe disabilities, the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) located in Canton, Massachusetts is the only educational facility of its kind in the world to use aversive shock therapy.  Considered an act of torture, as defined …

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  Regulating Mercury: A Crucial Step Forward

After more than 20 years of deliberation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally issued the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS), the first national standards in the U.S. to regulate power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic air …

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  Ten Years Later: The Global Impact of the 9.11 Attacks

On September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out on United States soil that would forever change the landscape of the international community. Osama bin Laden, a member of a wealthy Saudi family network, facilitated attacks …

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  Armed and Dangerous: The Mexican Drug Wars

Violent outbursts, related to drug sales and distribution, have been a regular occurrence for many years in Mexico, annually taking the lives of thousands. While a passive approach was deemed permissible throughout the 1990’s and partially into the next decade. …

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  Why Are Tar Sands so Controversial?

Recent star-studded rallies in front of the White House and the Canadian Parliament protest the building of the Keystone XL, an oil pipeline connecting Canada’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Considered a strategic element of U.S. energy policy, …

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