On October 29, the European Parliament voted on a resolution encouraging member states to offer asylum to Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked classified information about the United States’  NSA surveillance program two years ago. The resolution also officially recognized Snowden as a “human rights defender.” The decision is nonbinding, but it stands […]

The United States has a long history of publicizing so-called “macho” men. Over the years, the prototypical macho American man has seen numerous incarnations – from cowboys to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator. Often, these characters have proven their masculinity by being “tough” or by relentlessly beating down their opposition. Now, as next year’s presidential election approaches, […]

Last week, Japan’s upper chamber of parliament approved new guidelines to allow the country’s military “to engage in overseas combat assignments under certain circumstances.” This decision constitutes a radical reinterpretation of the country’s constitution, allowing Japan’s army to reenter the realm of international conflict for the first time in more than 60 years. The legislation […]

For the past few weeks, students at the University of Cape Town have been demonstrating in protest of the Cecil Rhodes statue situated front and center on the university’s campus since 1934. The statue overlooks the rugby fields and sits at the top of the main steps, an unavoidable first impression of the university. Currently, […]

Earlier this month, International Women’s Day created a platform for activism and protests around the world. In Beijing, however, hopes for a progressive dialogue were thwarted when five women’s rights activists with ties to the nonprofit advocacy group Yirenping were detained in a series of coordinated police raids for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” The […]

On February 16, conflict in Ukraine escalated as pro-Russian rebels ignored the internationally brokered cease-fire determined after “16 hours of talks” between the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. Rebels came forward saying they would not observe the truce in Debaltseve, an eastern Ukranian town. Ukraine military spokesman Andriy Lyskenko reported that his “forces […]

Valentine’s Day was another day of broken hearts, this year in Nigeria. February 14 was scheduled to be the date of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, “tipped to be the closest since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999;” however, the elections were postponed following Boko Haram violence. US intelligence officials have warned that […]

On January 11, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was elected Croatia’s first female president in a close 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent vote against outgoing head of state Ivo Josipovic. Despite being a relatively young country, Croatia, as of January 11, has become the twenty-third country in the world to elect its first female president, besting countries multiple […]

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