Donald Trump Pays Respects to George H.W. Bush at US Capitol

Former president H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at the age of 94, now lies at U.S. Capitol. His body will stay underneath the dome of the Rotunda for several days. A state funeral will be held on Wednesday at the National Cathedral. After the event, the body will return to Texas where another funeral will take place. Until then, everyone in Washington D.C. can pay their respects to the 41st president of the United States. Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House…

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Nadia Murad: from ISIS Sex Slave to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has gone to anti-rape activists Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. As Brett Kavanaugh’s bitter nomination fight monopolizes all conversations of sexual violence, the work of Murad— a Yazidi rape survivor—and Mukweg— a Congolese gynecologist—urges everyone to look beyond partisan squabbling in the U.S. and recognizes the sheer brutality faced by women all over the world. Both award recipients come to represent the global battle against gender-based violence. Murad’s story, especially, showcases the active role of the sexual assault survivors as they turn their tragic past…

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Indigenous People Are At Risk of Extinction

Yesterday was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous communities are defined as peoples who continue to practice pre-colonial traditions which are distinct from modern society. There are approximately 370 million indigenous people in the world today, residing in over 90 countries. Although they only make up about 5 percent of the global population, they constitute around 15 percent of the world’s most impoverished peoples. Protecting indigenous culture and heritage is immensely important. However, indigenous people’s very existence is being threatened by land grabbing extractive industries, such as…

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Tensions Unfold Between Pakistan and the U.S. as Washington Suspends Security Assistance to Islamabad

Since the 2011 capture of Osama Bin Laden, concealed away in the outlands of Abbottabad, Pakistan, the U.S. has had their doubts about Pakistan’s alliance with the American government. With Donald Trump in power, unresolved questions and suspicions have escalated. Washington raised the suspicions by denouncing Pakistan of playing a “double game,” in regard to Pakistan’s possible aid to the Taliban and association with the Afghani guerilla insurgent group, the Haqqani network. In 2012, soon after the arrest of Bin Laden, Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi, was caught spying for the…

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British Secretary of State’s Secret Meetings With Israeli Ambassadors

Priti Patel, British Secretary of State in International Development, resigned last week due to a conspicuous breach in regulation when she met with Israeli diplomats upon her two-week holiday over the summer, contradicting her statement of visiting her family. This sudden and covert meet was arranged and violated ministerial protocol, causing her political termination. As the lead of International Development, Patel’s role is supporting and providing needs for the underdeveloped and communities of developing countries. Her duties can vary from education benefits to health and agriculture. Her confidential meetings contained…

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