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Conflict Minerals: A Manifestation of Modern-Day Colonialism

Conflict Minerals: A Manifestation of Modern-Day Colonialism

                                                                 (Photo from the Enough Project)   The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has historically been the focal point of devastating internal conflict since colonial […]

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“New Pakistan” – what’s the truth?

“New Pakistan” – what’s the truth?

Imran Khan, elected on his good looks and apparent disagreement with the status quo, was going to bring with him sweeping change, transforming the country into what he called “Naya Pakistan,” or “New Pakistan”. His two-decade-long journey to the premier house in Pakistan has not gone unnoticed. After losing the last national elections in 2013, […]

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Human Trafficking in India: Abuse from the Rural Elite and the Wider Implications

Human Trafficking in India: Abuse from the Rural Elite and the Wider Implications

  At any given time, India contains an estimated 18.4 million victims of modern slavery. Of that number, 26 percent, or 5.5 million, are children. India is no exception to the trend that trafficking and subsequent slavery are shown to be most prevalent in countries producing consumer goods through low-cost labor, as the rural elite have […]

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 Youth Activists Push for Political Accountability in The Democratic Republic of Congo

 Youth Activists Push for Political Accountability in The Democratic Republic of Congo

Current Political Crisis The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued with political instability ever since independence from Belgium in 1960. This instability has contributed greatly to widespread government corruption, due to limited mechanisms of accountability. In 2006, the first democratic elections were held in over four decades and Joseph Kabila, the son of former […]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Condemns Separation of Children from their Parents at US Southern Border

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Condemns Separation of Children from their Parents at US Southern Border

During the opening statement of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva on June 18th, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the United States (US)-Mexico border. “The thought that any State would seek […]

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The plight of Hindus in Bangladesh continues to deteriorate

The plight of Hindus in Bangladesh continues to deteriorate

Between 2001 and 2011, a dramatic decrease in the Hindu population was recorded in Bangladesh. Since then, the plight of Hindus in the country has only gotten worse. As we speak, the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh is getting worse and worse. Between 2001 and 2011, an alarming decrease in the number of Hindus within […]

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UN Secretary General Calls on Member States to Take a People-centered Approach to Migration Crisis

UN Secretary General Calls on Member States to Take a People-centered Approach to Migration Crisis

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 2,200 migrants died while trying to cross the Mediterranean during the first seven months of 2017. In the United States, more people are dying while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, even though fewer people are making the attempt. According to the IOM, the reported […]

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Daniel Kritenbrink Appointed New U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

Daniel Kritenbrink Appointed New U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

New United States Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink arriving at Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi on November 4, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre Here in Da Nang, economic leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region are gathering for this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ summit hosted by the Vietnamese.  Established in 1989, APEC […]

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Bangladeshi Hindu activist: “Sheikh Hasina’s government helps the Rohingya but neglects non-Muslims”

Bangladeshi Hindu activist: “Sheikh Hasina’s government helps the Rohingya but neglects non-Muslims”

In an exclusive interview, Shipan Kumar Basu, the head of the Hindu Struggle Committee, emphasized that Sheikh Hasina’s government is rushing to help Rohingya Muslims but is systematically discriminating against Hindus, Buddhists and Christians in her country including the Rohingya Hindus who came to her country seeking shelter from ethnic cleansing. In an exclusive interview, […]

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Hindu Rights Activist: Bangladeshi Democracy on the Verge of Extinction

Hindu Rights Activist: Bangladeshi Democracy on the Verge of Extinction

The persecution of the Bangladeshi Supreme Court’s Chief Justice due to his opposition to the 16th amendment highlights the oppression experienced by Hindus.

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Muslims in the Crosshairs of Hate

Muslims in the Crosshairs of Hate

Human history is peppered with dreadful accounts of minority communities who were deliberately demonized before atrocities were committed against them.

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Soft Power Gain for Taiwan

Soft Power Gain for Taiwan

According to Reporters Without Borders’ global rankings last year, Taiwan has now become the freest country on the Asian continent.

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Palestinian in Lebanon denied medical treatment due to his nationality

Palestinian in Lebanon denied medical treatment due to his nationality

In the United States and other free countries across the globe, any person who is born in that country is granted citizenship rights and basic human rights, such as access to healthcare. As the descendent of Sephardic Jewish refugees who fled the anti-Jewish violence that erupted in Greece in the period leading up to World […]

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Syrian Kurdish Dissident: “America Should Support the Kurdish Independence Referendum”

Syrian Kurdish Dissident: “America Should Support the Kurdish Independence Referendum”

Sherkoh Abbas argues that the Kurdish Referendum for Independence is a golden opportunity for the U.S. to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East.

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Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Following the terror attacks in Iran that killed at least 16 people, some Middle Eastern dissidents believe what happened was an inside job perpetrated by the Iranian regime.

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