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ISIS in China: Key Questions

Recently, ISIS has issued statements condemning the People’s Republic of China for its attacks on Islam and Xinjiang Muslims. A conflict that goes decades back, the Uighur people of Xinjiang have been engaged in a separatist movement from the PRC, along with Tibet. While no large-scale warfare or movement has been arranged from the Uighur…

Incumbent Brazilian candidate Dilma Rousseff in 2012.

Challenges Facing Brazilian Politics

  Brazil captured international attention this month with one of the most heated presidential elections since its re-establishment of democracy in the 1980’s.  The October 5th general election pitted Worker’s Party incumbent Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, against eleven other candidates.  Her main adversaries were Aecio Neves from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB)…

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South Africa’s Open Mosque

In late September, Cape Town opened its first “Open Mosque,” forcing Muslims in South Africa to tackle issues of gender equality, sexual orientation, and religious freedom.  Essentially, the Mosque is open to all genders, sexes, religions, and races.  The Mosque is owned by Cape-Town born, Muslim academic, Taj Hargey.  There have been multiple backlashes from…

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Venezuela Update: Protests and Peace Talks

The past few weeks have seen a dramatic increase in the political unrest and military pushback that has ravaged Venezuela since February.  The protests have been dubbed a “Venezuelan Spring,” in reference to its revolution-minded demonstrations reminiscent of the ongoing Arab Spring in the Middle East.  Like participants in the Arab Spring, Venezuelan protesters have…

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US Aid to Egypt – Not just about Human Rights

In a letter to John Kerry on April 4th, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch urged the Secretary of State to withhold permission for resumption of U.S. military aid to Egypt. The letter cites numerous examples of Egypt’s failure to move toward democratic governance under its current military rule, including violations of the right…