Category: Politics

Message to the Irish Government: We’re not leaving!

by Lucy Fitzgerald -Ireland- The global recession has had dire consequences for Ireland. New entrants to the workforce have suffered disproportionately, with the youth unemployment rate standing at a shocking 25.9 percent. This figure is an underestimate since it does

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Hidden Harassment: The Challenges of India’s Pink-Collar Worker

Stand up straight. Chin up. Look forward. Move fast, but with purpose. Brace yourself. These are not the words of a ballroom dance instructor, but those of Yamuna, the sole newspaper girl in Chennai, as she mutters to herself every

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Dependency and Power: Nomi Prins on All the President’s Bankers

by Kirstin Kelley, Graduate Assistant Editor Nomi Prins’ recently published book, All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power, covers 100 years of banking and political history in the United States.  Reading the book is eye opening. 

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Heroes Never Die: The Sundown Parade at the Wagah Border

by Urmila Chanam -India- The cover from enemy fire at the position he decided to occupy was scant, exposing him and his buddy to extreme danger. But he would go ahead with his plan for he had a commanding view

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Afghan, Pakistani and Indian Women Pressure Afghan Government in Advance of Election

by Aditi Bhaduri -India- April 2014! It hangs like a Damocles’ sword over the Indian sub-continent. While Afghans may be the  immediate beneficiaries, the ramifications of what April 2014 denotes will be felt far and wide – in Pakistan, India,

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Socio-Political Realities in Iraq and the Middle East

by Miaad A. Hassan -Iraq/USA- السياسة عاهرة, a good colleague of mine says, asking me not to waste my time in politics and to return to art and poetry, the disciplines for which he knew me before. His words are

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A Family Home Torn Apart in Syrian Government Shelling: Home is Where the Heart Is

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by Aloosh Devrim -Syria- Araa, a 37-year-old mother, dashes through the house, hysterically inspecting one room after the other. She is shivering in panic. She tries to collect as much as she can from the shattered household items. Here and

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As Catholic as the Pope But Not Allowed to Lead

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by Alexandra Marie Daniels -USA- On March 13, 2013 Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, 76, was elected by the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. Although hailed for both humility and service to the poor,

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Out of the Darkness: An interview with Melanie Kirkpatrick on “Escape from North Korea”

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by Leslie Patrick -South Korea- Standing at the 38th parallel that divides the two Koreas is a surreal experience. On the southern side, buses of foreign tourists on day trips from nearby Seoul buy postcards and gawk across barbed wire

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Corruption Turns India’s Borewells into Death Wells

by Priyanka Bhardwaj -India- Corruption inextricably linked with bureaucratic hassles has always existed in India. Yet, however hard some of us may try to understand them as ‘inescapable miseries’ that need to be adopted as preferred routes to get small

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