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DEA Busts Hezbollah Drug and Money Laundering Scheme

Elizabeth Lisowski, Intern, Global Terrorism

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced enforcement activity after uncovering a major international drug scheme by Shi’ite Islamist group Hezbollah (DEA). The effort is part of DEA’s Project Cassandra, which targets Hezbollah’s External Security Organization Business Affairs Component (BAC) network responsible for the movement of large quantities of cocaine in the US and […]

Hannah Kipersztok

Confirmed Transmission of Zika Virus from Blood Transfusion in Brazil

Hannah Kipersztok, Intern, Central and South America

Brazilian heath authorities have confirmed two cases of the Zika virus being transmitted through blood transfusions. Both cases occurred in early 2015, the first being a man with gunshot wounds and the other being a liver transplant recipient (WSJ). Both were treated in Campinas, a city near Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil (Reuters). […]

Hania Mumtaz

Controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Signed by 12 Member Nations in Auckland

Hania Mumtaz, Chastang Fellow, Global Economy

The trade deal, five years in the making, was signed in New Zealand; however, negotiations will delay it becoming a reality in the near future (Reuters). The nations involved account for approximately 40% of the world’s economy and they now have two years to ratify or reject the pact (BBC). The countries involved in the […]


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