July 31, 2014

Voices From Our Network …

Famine and South Sudan

By Alex Beck. In addition to the civilian deaths and waves of refugees that South Sudan’s ongoing civil war has brought to the country, its population is also facing an existential threat with famine. Toby Lanzer, the UN’s top South Sudan humanitarian official, warned in March of this year that … [Read More...]

US-Iran Relations: A History Part II

By Alen A. This week, we will continue our examination of modern Iranian history, recounting nearly three decades that changed the course of Middle Eastern history as we know it. As mentioned previously, the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, assumed power after the ouster of his father in … [Read More...]

Is There A Class Problem with Social Media Movement Building?

By Alex Tuai. Without moving more than your fingers you can tell thousands of people around the world, what you’re doing, what you’re eating, and what you’re thinking. But taking social media to the next step-you can mobilize hundreds of thousands of people around a cause. The Obama Campaign. The … [Read More...]

Women and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Lauren Shin Last week, the 47 rocket-fire launched by the Hamas destroyed all hopes for peace that have been built after Egypt had almost successfully mediated a ceasefire. Chance for any possible agreements was again destroyed after the Israeli government resumed their military attacks to … [Read More...]

Eurasian Economic Union: Basic Information

By Ani Hakobyan. Speak of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brainchild, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), and you will have Western leaders sighing and shaking their heads in frustration. So what is it about the EEU, which will come in effect in 2015, that so greatly troubles leaders outside … [Read More...]

Soccer, BRICS, Inequality, and Solidarity

By Alex Tuai. Nine days ago in a captivating match Germany beat Argentina and won the 2014 World Cup by a single decisive point. As the estimated 600,000* visitors return home hundreds more fly to Fortaleza to begin the 2014 BRICS (a moniker coined by Jim O’Neill in 2008 and changed in 2010 to … [Read More...]

Fight or Fall: Internal flaws the UN must fix for South Sudan

By Alex Beck. As mentioned in the previous AIDemocracy article on South Sudan, the United Nations’ peacekeeping activities are currently providing badly needed security and shelter for civilians in UN refugee camps. This is, of course, a vital function that is essential for the survival of … [Read More...]