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Marcul Joseph

Is South Sudan’s 3rd Anniversary worth celebrating?

Marcul Joseph, Intern, Africa

Three years ago, on July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan gained its independence from the Republic of Sudan. Since then, the world’s youngest country has been crumbling back to a dark past where death, conflict, famine and disease rule (BBC). The conflict – which erupted after President Salva Kiir disposed of his vice-president, […]

Rachel Wilder

Hong Kong Democracy Poll Sparks Tension

Rachel Wilder, High School Intern, Asia

Over 738,000 Hong Kong natives cast ballots in an unofficial referendum on democracy, far exceeding organizers’ anticipated draw of 100,000 (Wall Street Journal). Sponsored by pro-democracy organization Occupy Central with Love and Peace, the poll asked voters to choose between three procedures for electing the chief executive, Hong Kong’s top position. All three procedures are […]

Christin Ram

Countries Downgraded in 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report

Christen Ram, Intern, Human Rights and Human Trafficking

Last week, the U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report. Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela were downgraded to Tier 3 countries which, “fail to comply with the most basic international requirements to prevent trafficking and protect victims” within their borders (Guardian). The downgrade opens these countries up to cuts in aid. They could also […]

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