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The Invisible Children of Central America

Many may know of the problem with unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Fewer know that the problem is even bigger in the southern boarders of Mexico where many children begin their journey north, towards the U.S. By their means of transport, often on the roofs of cargo …

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Trolling ISIS: The West Battling Jihad on Social Media

Social media propaganda. Source: birgerking, Flickr CC The breakthrough of social media has given different actors the ability to communicate their message to an immense audience in a matter of seconds. It has provided individuals and organizations with the ability to spread ideas, mobilize supporters, and perhaps even start revolutions. …

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The Right to Play for Development

Kids playing basketball in Farah, Afghanistan. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsOne of the most difficult tasks for international developers today is reaching the most vulnerable populations in the developing world who are often missed by typical outreach programs. This generally includes young women and children. According to the United Nations Convention on …

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No Pain, No Spain?

Catalonian Bank vandalized with placates stating that the economic situation is the banks’ fault. Photo: Linn AnderssonWhen people from the richer, northern parts of Europe complain about problematic situations in Spain, Spanish residents retort “Well, at least we have sun and you don’t”. However, the warm sun neither feeds the …

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The Unwanted Legacy of Euro 2012

Clock in Lvov Prospekt Svobode (Freedom square), Ukraine showing time to start of EURO 2012. Photo: Petar Milošević. wikimediaWith only days to go until the first ball of Euro 2012 is kicked, the tournament’s hosts, Poland and Ukraine, are preparing to hold a major sporting event for the first time. …

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Algeria’s Recent Elections: Plus ça change…

An Algerian man inspects a poster of candidates in the lead up to the May 10th Algerian parliamentary elections. Photo: Magharebia. flickrAlgeria remains a country stagnated. In countries both to its east and west, radical developments have been taking place as a result of the Arab Spring. Libya managed to …

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A Tsunami of Justice for Pakistanis?

Imran Khan. Photo: World Economic Forum. flickrOn the world stage Pakistan is set as a land of contradiction, described as being “on the brink,” a nation where notions of the western and eastern worlds intersect and rule over one another, political elite over a socially conservative and religious populace. In …

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Changing Perceptions – Female Circumcision in Kenya

Mairead visiting local women in Benditai, Kenya. Photo: Mairéad CullenThe East African nation of Kenya, like many other African countries, has a long history of performing female circumcision—also known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)—on girls as young as nine years old. Recent years, however, have seen efforts to eradicate female …

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The European Student – Just Another Brick in the Wall?

Student protests at the University of Vienna. Photo: Manfred Werner. wikimedia commonsWhen the British newspaper the Guardian let their readers vote for the person of the year 2011, the winner was not Angela Merkel or Aung San Suu Kyi, who were also nominated. Instead, the nominee who received the most votes was a 23 …

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Occupy Wall Street Calls for End to Corporate Personhood

Occupy Wall Street protesters. Photo: S51438.wikimedia commonA little over four months has passed since protesters began gathering in Zuccotti Park, New York in a movement now known globally as Occupy Wall Street (OWS). What began as just a few hundred people gathered in a park in lower Manhattan protesting against …

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