Global Affairs

White Woman’s Burden in Afghanistan?

by Michelle Chen on August 13 2009, 6:07PM

Right now, two women in Afghanistan are running for president. That’s two more female candidates than America’s political mainstream could claim last Fall. But these ladies are up against some horrific odds: in seeking public office, they expose themselves…

Topics: Global Affairs

BREAKING: Imprisoned American Journalists Freed after Clinton Visit

by Cindy Von Quednow on August 4 2009, 12:44PM

Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been pardoned! That’s right the two Current TV reporters who were captured in North Korea in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor were officially released and pardoned this afternoon after…

Topics: Global Affairs on the Obamas in Africa

by Channing Kennedy on July 10 2009, 6:34PM

Hours ago, the First Family arrived in Accra, Ghana, on their way home from events in Russia and Italy. MSNBC’s has been covering the Ghanaian anticipation to this historic visit, and the politics around it, with their massive Obamas…

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Iran vs. Honduras: The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

by Guest Columnist on July 3 2009, 11:24AM

Written by: Elsadig Elsheikh, Research Associate with the International Program at The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity On Sunday, June 28th, major media news outlets were still occupied with the topic of Iran’s sham election results,…

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5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Honduras Fight for Justice

by Cindy Von Quednow on July 1 2009, 2:41PM

In a throwback to the political upheaval and unrest of the 1980s, the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted by the military and flown to Costa Rica on Sunday. Coverage of Iran’s rigged election has dominated…

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South Africa Isn’t Post-Racial Either

by Daisy Hernandez on June 24 2009, 2:25PM

Bob Jensen’s new essay at looks at how whites in the U.S. and South Africa are having the same conversations about race. He includes great snippets from the book I Write What I Like, which collects the writings…

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Dole Goes Bananas Over Documentary on Nicaraguan Worker Abuse

by Channing Kennedy on June 16 2009, 4:36PM

BANANAS!* trailer from WG Film on Vimeo. Two years ago, twelve Nicaraguan banana plantation workers traveled to Los Angeles and sued Dole Food Co. Inc. They won $1.58 million. The crime? Continued use of the pesticide dibromochloropropane (DBCP), which…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

Uighur Release Debunks Racist Right-Wing Narrative

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 16 2009, 12:50PM

Photo: Justin Maxon/The New York Times Last Sunday, The New York Times printed a pleasant piece on the new lives of four recently released Uighur prisoners in Bermuda, debunked the conservative rhetoric around them as “dangerous terrorists.” The Uighurs’…

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Iranian Protests Over Ahmedinejad’s Dubious “Landslide” Met With Violence

by Channing Kennedy on June 13 2009, 9:49AM

I woke up this morning anxious to check the results of the Iranian elections, in no small part because I’m a politics nerd, but also because I’ve been so moved by the photos coming out of Tehran of Mousavi’s…

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ProLibertad and parole

by Michelle Chen on June 12 2009, 11:07PM

After about three decades behind bars, a Puerto Rican revolutionary might soon be free at last. A generation ago, Carlos Alberto Torres was part of a major movement for human rights and self-determination for Puerto Rico. Driven by the…

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Apartheid and occupation

by Michelle Chen on June 11 2009, 10:03PM

Using the word “apartheid” to describe the Israel-Palestine issue is a sure way to ignite more acrimony over human rights under the occupation. But, with language being inseparable from the politics of the region, is it accurate? According to…

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Oil crisis: uprisings from Nigeria to Peru

by Michelle Chen on June 11 2009, 4:02PM

In the past few days, the wars over the world’s natural resources have been rekindled from the Amazon to the Niger Delta. This week, a landmark legal settlement brought a decisive, though partial, end to a bloody chapter in…

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Four Women Journalists, One Goal

by Guest Columnist on June 10 2009, 2:44PM

by Cindy Von Quednow They all come from different backgrounds and beliefs, but all of them have a few things in common: they are women of color, they are journalists and they have been imprisoned in a foreign country…

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Hurting or helping the hungry?

by Michelle Chen on June 8 2009, 4:15PM

Let’s say you’re hungry. In your backyard, dewy tomatoes dangle from robust vines, and hormone-free Holsteins graze in the shade of lush fruit orchards. But you’re mysteriously pulled down the street into a sprawling supermarket, where your shopping cart…

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Salvadorans Hope for Change with New President

by Guest Columnist on June 5 2009, 12:57PM

Cindy Von Quednow This week El Salvador’s new president took office, ending 20 years of governance by the conservative ARENA party. The new president, Mauricio Funes, represents the leftist Farabundo Martin National Liberation Front (FMLN). I was in El…

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Reading between the lines in Cairo

by Michelle Chen on June 4 2009, 9:21PM

President Obama’s speech in Cairo aspired to recast America’s relations with the “Muslim world.” The response of Muslim observers in the so-called Western world ranged from cautious hope to detached cynicism. But across the board, people noted Obama’s careful…

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Bill Clinton Named New UN Envoy to ‘Stabilize’ Haiti, a Country He Helped Destabilize

by Guest Columnist on May 19 2009, 3:18PM

by Jeremy Scahill This post originally appeared on RebelReports. Former US President Bill Clinton has been named by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as his special UN envoy to Haiti. Clinton will reportedly travel to the country at least…

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Just words?: Human rights and the White House

by Michelle Chen on May 12 2009, 5:24PM

The United States took a seat today in the the U.N. Human Rights Council, thawing the chill set by the Bush administration between Washington and the world’s highest human rights body. Yet membership on the Council hardly guarantees progress…

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Do no harm

by Michelle Chen on May 8 2009, 5:00PM

The ethical questions at the intersection of psychology and national security can make your head spin. Newly released email exchanges, from a listserv associated with the American Psychological Association, affirm various other news reports that document’ how psychological professionals…

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Indigenous perspectives on climate change

by Michelle Chen on April 27 2009, 9:26PM

Representatives of indigenous peoples from around the planet convened in Anchorage, Alaska last week to discuss the challenges that climate change poses to their communities. The Indigenous People’s Global Summit on Climate Change called for holistic solutions to global…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs