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The Unwanted Federally Administered Tribal Areas

The Unwanted Federally Administered Tribal Areas

There are few places in the world that do not afford its citizens basic human rights, or at least a garb of human rights. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (or better known as “FATA”) are one of those areas.
FATA are the semi-autonomous areas in the northwest frontier of …

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Asia’s Pivot: Stepping on Human Rights, Reviving Realpolitik

Asia’s Pivot: Stepping on Human Rights, Reviving Realpolitik

In late July, following 28 years of authoritarian rule in Cambodia by the Prime Minister Hun Sen, citizens of the impoverished southeastern Asian state went to the polls for elections. What followed was a shocking setback: Mr. Sen’s ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) saw its number of seats in the …

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Chong Chon Gang Saga Encouraging More International Scrutiny of DPRK

Chong Chon Gang Saga Encouraging More International Scrutiny of DPRK

The recent international shipping scandal involving the Chong Chon Gang, a decrepit, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea-flagged (DPRK) cargo ship with a dodgy track record has raised many important questions involving contemporary issues on the international laws of international security, maritime law, human rights, and labor rights. …

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Courting Controversy: Clashes Compound Between Britain and Human Rights Bench

Courting Controversy: Clashes Compound Between Britain and Human Rights Bench

Nearly 500 miles of European land mass fell away, the English Channel hollowed out, the great earth shifted and the continent merged with the island to its west.  When all came to rest, the medieval cityscape of Strasbourg, France, sat atop London…  No, certainly not.  But for many a Europe-weary …

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Reconciliation…One More Time!

Reconciliation…One More Time!


Ironic as it may seem, it is a statement of controversy to assert that a genuine national reconciliation is needed in Somalia. To some, that has already happened; to others, there is no need for it since the country has emerged out of the transitional period and …

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Reducing “Food-prints” on World Environmental Day

Reducing “Food-prints” on World Environmental Day

The U.N. Environmental Programme (UNEP) recently highlighted some appalling figures pertaining to issues of food waste in a somewhat unexpected and innovative manner. The UNEP’s 2013 theme for World Environment Day on June 5, “Think.East.Save,” reports the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) data concluding 1.3 billion tons …

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U.S. Supports Syrian Online Resistance

U.S. Supports Syrian Online Resistance

The internet went dark in Syria last week. Although media reports blamed the outage on a fault in optical fiber cables many in the tech community were skeptical. After all, it’s not the first time Syria shut down the internet in an …

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Considering Seafarers’ Right to Communicate

Considering Seafarers’ Right to Communicate

For much of the world’s employed, maintaining communication with those closest to them while completing their employment requirements is not a contemplated issue. Many workers can use their own personal or workplace phones, computers, and other devices to contact their friends and family if need be. Outside the workplace, most …

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Zimbabwe & the Search for the Rule of Law

Zimbabwe & the Search for the Rule of Law

What does a country in the middle of collapse look like? This was the question filmmaker Lorie Conway attempted to answer in her new film on Zimbabwe, “Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law.” A recent showing by the United States Institute of Peace gave a venue for both the …

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The Fifth Anniversary of the Incarceration of Seven Baha’i Leaders in Iran

The Fifth Anniversary of the Incarceration of Seven Baha’i Leaders in Iran

An Interview with Gissou Nia, Executive Director of IHRDC
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the imprisonment of seven Baha’i Leaders in Iran, on Monday, May 6, the U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs is hosting an event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. This event is part …

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The Qatada Question: Between a Rights and a Hardline Place

The Qatada Question: Between a Rights and a Hardline Place

The single band of light slashed across the shelves catches the metallic detailing on the spines of the neatly lined books set upon them.  The shine creates what looks to be the only source of real illumination in an otherwise darkened room, perhaps an intentional set up to reflect the …

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Will the DPRK’s Increased Militarism Unify the International Human Rights Approach?

Will the DPRK’s Increased Militarism Unify the International Human Rights Approach?

In what is often being labeled the “Korean Crisis” or “Korean Missile Crisis” the latest outward displays of military prowess by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have prompted concerted international efforts on not only strategies of military containment, but of human rights inquiry. Comprehensive investigation into …

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FPA’s Must Reads (March 29 to April 5)

FPA’s Must Reads (March 29 to April 5)

Each week, Foreign Policy Blogs’ editors help you catch up on the best long-form reads you may have missed.

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A Meeting of Ministers: Hague to make latest U.K. Syria bid

A Meeting of Ministers:  Hague to make latest U.K. Syria bid

The vice grip of prolonged violence suffocating Syria is sending the humanitarian situation there careening towards the fading lights of a blackout. With a death toll looming somewhere between 70-90,000 and a refugee population of over a million in two years time, international intervention to this point has been largely …

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Telecommuting as a Human Rights Approach

Telecommuting as a Human Rights Approach

The modern workplace and the requirements of jobs in the high-technology era have brought what was an outlying issue in the past to the forefront of the debate on employment arrangements. Some major technologically inclined corporations have come to different conclusions. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting arrangements via …

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