Category: Context

The Confederalists: a Kurdish movement bolsters women and bashes the West

“While the world is discussing what to do with ISIS, Kurdish women are doing it.” Dilar Dirik cried in a September 2014 speech about theories of statelessness at a European conference. Dirik,…
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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Enters Uncharted Territory

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution on Palestinian statehood. Wednesday the Palestinian Authority moved to join the International Criminal Court. Thus begins a chain of events that…
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The Resurgent GCC & The Fight for the Future of the Middle East

War in Syria and Iraq has upset the traditional balance of power in the Middle East. In the short term this has already led to some fascinating developments and political…
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Racial Discrimination in America on the UN’s Radar

[caption id="attachment_2081" align="alignleft" width="314"] Photo source: sites.google.com[/caption] It was established this year that the United Nations would observe the International Decade for People of African Descent, commencing on January 1,…
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Politicized Approaches to the ISIS International Security Crisis

The world is currently facing a new critical security issue represented in the rise of the terrorist organization “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS). In this article I investigate…
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My lovely and uneventful week in Jerusalem

As a journalist and student of international affairs, I find it's hard to write about Israel-Palestine without writing about the plight of the Palestinians. As a tourist visiting my wife's…
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Leveraging Open Data to Fight Ebola

As Ebola continues to ravage several W. African nations, here in the U.S., the discourse surrounding the outbreak remains polluted by rhetoric and misinformation. We watch and listen, uneasily at…
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Annan: “It’s Your Future” (But it’s Bleak)

Speaking Thursday evening before a full auditorium at Baruch college, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan painted a dismal picture of the future of international cooperation. "Instead of the new world order, we have…
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25 Years after Tianamen: Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests Unfold

[caption id="attachment_1943" align="alignleft" width="422"] "Power to the People: Persist for a Better Hong Kong"    Photo by Mai Perkins during the July 1st March in Hong Kong.[/caption]   During two…
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Foundational Problems and Solutions for Middle Eastern Post-Colonial States

Looking at any crisis in a specific part of the world, one has to examine the roots of the conflict and the historic facts that led to the current crisis.…
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