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Human Trafficking 101: The Economics of the Trade

While I’m not completely comfortable referring to human trafficking and its victims in economic terms, the truth is this crime would not exist without a market that offers great financial rewards to those involved. One of the most disturbing characteristics of human trafficking lies in its most basic definition: the …

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Climate of Impunity is Deadly for Journalists

by Una Hardester Internationalist April 16, 2007 In the spring of 2002, I was in a sophomore journalism class. As part of an assignment, I had to follow the story of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter who had been kidnapped in Pakistan. As the weeks of Pearl’s imprisonment …

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National Security and Climate Change

While I don’t usually recommend CNN.com as a news source, there was an interesting article posted this morning about a new report on climate change and national security. The report is available here on the CNA Corporation website, the  research group (linked to the Center for Naval Analyses and the …

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Human Trafficking 101: Definition of 'Trafficking in Persons'

I suppose the logical starting point for my series of posts on human trafficking is a coherent definition of what trafficking is. And also what trafficking is not. The definition of ‘trafficking in persons’ published in the UN’s Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons states: "Trafficking in …

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Allen debates health care reform

by Beth Kowitt Bowdoin Orient April 13, 2007 CAPTION: INFORMING DEMOCRACY: Rep. Tom Allen ’67 (left) and Tarren Bragdon (right) of the Maine Heritage Policy Center debate health care reform in Daggett Lounge on Tuesday. The event was oragnized by Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-partisan campus group that encourages …

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Global Citizenship

by Staff Writer Green Bay Press Gazette April 10, 2007 The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its fourth annual Phoenix Forum today in the University Union. The goal of the forum, which will focus on global citizenship, is to encourage civil discussion of important — but sometimes contentious or …

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An Attack on Iran Would Be a Tragedy for its Democrats

by Una Hardester, Senior Political Analyst, Americans for Informed Democracy The Internationalist April 9, 2007 News about Iran is dominated by that country’s nuclear ambitions, demagogue president, and recent detention of fifteen British sailors. These stories are important, but they are only a few pieces of the larger picture. There …

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