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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…

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The Rise of Euroscepticism

Last night in the United Kingdom, UK Independence Party (UKIP) Leader Nigel Farage and Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg held their second round of debate on Britain’s role with the European Union. Farage is a strong anti-European Union advocate and a founding member of the UKIP, a Eurosceptic right-wing populist political party. Clegg is…

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Going Bananas for Fair Trade

  Though average person gives little thought to their breakfast banana, the widely consumed fruit represents a long history of economic, political, environmental and social injustices in the global trade market.  Plantation workers across South and Central America have been routinely exploited to provide low prices to consumers around the world.   As early as the…

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Germany Opposes EU Economic Sanctions Against Russia

  On March 27, 2014, Angela Merkel said that the West “has not reached a stage that implies the imposition of economic sanctions” against Russia, continuing that she hopes to avoid using them at all, working instead “on de-escalation of the situation,” instead of escalation.[1] This position might seem odd for a European power facing…

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Putin, Following the Footsteps of Hitler and Turkey

  As the crisis in Crimea continues, numerous politicians have made references drawing similarities between Russian President Putin and Adolf Hitler. Secretary of State Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Chancellor Merkel, and Stephen Harper have all alluded to Putin’s actions as being reminiscent of the events that led to World War II. Clinton bluntly said that the…