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World Politics & Affairs

Citizen Diplomacy to the UN: an Interview with Patrick Sciarratta

“(Your) mission is so important, and… you are accomplishing remarkable things. Best wishes to you and everyone at the foundation!”  President William Jefferson Clinton for Patrick Sciarratta. Patrick has gone through a fantastic life path: from a simple student and the creator of a rock band back in 1969 to a famous person and leader […]

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Environment & Climate Change

Organizing Activism for Climate Justice: A Handbook

11 years. That’s how long the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suspects we have before temperatures could be raised an estimated 1.5ºC  higher than they are today. By the time children beginning kindergarten this year reach their high school graduation date, the Earth’s climate could be catastrophically different from the one we live […]

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Policy Analysis World Politics & Affairs

The Fall of Baghuz and the Territorial Defeat of ISIS

Al-Baghuz Fawqani, sometimes referred to as Baghuz, is a small city of about ten thousand people near the Iraqi border which had been, since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, under the control of the Islamic State. That was, until the 23rd of March, 2019. The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared a […]

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Canada News & Politics

Canada and The Future of the Responsibility to Protect

Today’s geopolitical landscape is plagued with radical ideologies and violent extremism from all corners of the world.  From North Korea’s inhumane treatment of citizens in East Asia to the 200,000 civilian death toll of the Syrian civil war, a pervasive pattern of totalitarian states is reminiscent of the horrors of Rwanda and Srebrenica.  The sight […]

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World Politics & Affairs

China’s Smothered and Silenced: The Plight of the Uighurs

The interviewee has requested anonymity. They will be referred to under the pseudonym Asahd in this article. Finding out that your brother has been detained by the authorities in an act of sinicization is not easy. In late March of this year, Asahd, who lives abroad, received a cryptic call from an employee of his […]

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World Politics & Affairs

The Failure of an International Commitment to Human Rights

Middle Eastern political analyst Emile Hokayem recently tweeted “Being from, caring about and working on the Middle East is an endless heartbreak,” in reference to reports of the use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. When I first learned that a player in the Syrian conflict, presumably the Assad government, orchestrated […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Palestinians have the legal right to resist

Resistance is not terrorism. South Africans resisting apartheid were not considered “terrorists” by the international community, nor were Indians practicing nonviolent civil disobedience against the British. But an occupying power will always try to discredit their opponents, as seen in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians who resist an unbearable occupation are branded “terrorists”, arrested and demonized […]

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Policy Analysis World Politics & Affairs

Millions in the Line of Fire: The Responsibility to Protect in Yemen

In Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, there has been a civil war raging since Houthis rebels took over the country’s capital in 2014. After the president was ousted in 2011, the country became unstable and progressed towards war. With the Houthis being ideologically opposed to many of Yemen’s neighbors, the surrounding countries […]

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Environment & Climate Change World Politics & Affairs

The United Nations and a Move Towards Sustainable Development

The high-level scene: a strategic answer for global sustainability? With less than 5000 days left to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place in New York from July 10 to July 19, “convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.” The theme for […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Repeating a Dark History: The Withdrawal of Peacekeepers in Darfur

Amidst the war-torn and ravaged Darfur, a region that has not seen peace or stability in over a decade, United Nations peacekeepers protect civilians from the violence that surrounds them.   Members of UNAMID, or the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, symbolize security and humanitarian aid, while also facilitating discussion regarding new agreements […]