August 27, 2014

This page consolidates all of the blog posts from across the site. Posts are also featured at the bottom of each relevant issue or author page, as well as the 'Take Action' and 'Build Skills' pages. Post a comment - we’d love to know what you think! Happy reading!

US-Iran Relations: Part IV

By Alen A. This week, we will conclude our examination of modern Iranian history. We will recount the previous two-and-a-half decades, investigating the presidency of one of the most moderate modern Iranian leaders, dramatically followed by the reign of one of the most divisive, provocative demagogues in modern history, and the effects of both on modern Middle Eastern and global geo-politics. In June of 1989, shortly after a cease-fire with Iraq following a bloody eight-year conflict, the architect of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Ayatollah … [Read more...]

Profile of BRICS from Below

By Alex Tuai. Background of BRICS from Below (BFB) BRICS from Below is an alliance of civil society groups that was formed in March 2013 at the BRICS conference in Durban, South Africa and where it is still based. The idea was to mobilize an international alliance to address the social and economic inequities that lay in the five countries through the already existing civil society organizations. Its founding members were organizations from all five countries including: South Africa’s South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) and Centre … [Read more...]

Child Marriage: Women are the Voice for Women

By Lauren Shin. This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to step foot in the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. Having been mesmerized by National Geographic magazines and their breathtaking photographs for years, I couldn’t help but jump up and down as I entered the building. I wandered into the gift shop where I found myself buying a 30 dollar book within minutes. I took home Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, a book composed of the fantastic work and thoughts of female photojournalists-aka, my … [Read more...]

When Will Congress Realize Our Border Crisis Is A Refugee Crisis?


By Alex Beck.   We’ve all heard by now of the surge of Central American and Mexican children moving across the US-Mexico Border and the subsequent political debate. But with the issue’s seemingly abrupt emergence into the national spotlight, it is important to see that there is much broader context to the flood of “illegal immigrants.” Instead, it’s clear that this is a severe and complex refugee crisis, rooted in a history of rogue US policies. Approximately 52,000 children—originating from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico—have … [Read more...]

Strategic Goal 3: Promote the Transition to a Low-Emission, Climate- Resilient World while Expanding Global Access to Sustainable Energy

By Virginia Cady. In March the U.S. State Department and USAID released a joint Strategic Plan for 2014-2017. This article is the third in a series of five on each of the main strategic goals outlined in the 2014-2017 plan. Strategic Goal 3: Promote the Transition to a Low-Emission, Climate- Resilient World while Expanding Global Access to Sustainable Energy It is evident that one of the biggest challenges the State Department will face in terms of achieving this goal is inertia. As the plan notes, “this requires a fundamental shift in the way … [Read more...]

Interview with BFB Social Media Director Vee Govender

By Alex Tuai. Vee Govender is the Social Media Director of the BRICS from Below (BFB) network alliance. Based in Durban, South Africa BFB strives to network and mobilize grassroots organizations from the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries through social media. With approximately 1000 followers on Twitter and approximately 50 followers on Facebook, BFB is a leading example of new international alliances growing through the use of social media. What is your background with social media and outreach/mobilization? While … [Read more...]

Is a Second Soviet Union in the Making?

By Ani Hakobyan.   “Putin’s Soviet Union” “The Second Soviet Union Is Upon Us” “Putin-The Next Stalin?”   If headlines like these sound familiar, it’s because since the announcement on May 29 that Russia, along with Kazakhstan and Belarus was going to form the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), newspapers, governments, and people went into panic mode. It seems that Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, and Leonid Brezhnev appeared in front of everyone’s eyes and convinced them that authoritarian rule and Communism … [Read more...]

Why Does This Nation of Immigrants Always Imprison ‘The Other’?

This post was originally published at By Erin Corbett. Over a decade has passed since the United States began its "Global War on Terror," a campaign of dragnet surveillance, mass incarceration, drone attacks on individuals overseas and numerous other actions, many illegal according to domestic and international law. These policies are all deemed necessary, of course, for the sake of national security. The United States has always been known as a “nation of immigrants,” a destination for the tired, the poor, the huddled masses to … [Read more...]

Chinese Foreign Policy, the Case of South Sudan

By Alex Beck.   In the previous articles on AIDemocracy’s South Sudan blog, the actions and policies of other nations and intergovernmental organizations in response to the current crisis have been covered in order to better grasp the numerous complexities that the war in South Sudan presents. However, in doing so, some nations deserve their own article. And without a doubt, China is one of them. In the past months of the war, the Chinese government has been heavily involved in efforts to influence the war’s outcome. This past April, … [Read more...]

Why Should You Care About Global Citizenship?

By Sharon Mutwiwa. Part of what AIDemocracy is focusing on this season is the concept of global citizenship. What does global citizenship mean and why should we be talking about it at AIDemocracy?   To start off, it is imperative to note that there isn’t an official definition of what global citizenship is and hence what we are doing here at AIDemocracy is breaking down this concept until we can find a definition for it. Citizenship is simply being a legal member of a country by virtue of birth, marriage or  other criteria that a country might … [Read more...]