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Passport Flap Keeps Iroquois Out of World Lacrosse Championships

Passport Flap Keeps Iroquois Out of World Lacrosse Championships

by Michelle Chen on July 17 2010, 6:31AM

The travel restrictions that barred the Iroquois team from a major tournament in England marked the limitations, and the vitality, of tribal sovereignty.

Topics: Global Affairs

Haiti Gets Shortchanged on Aid

Haiti Gets Shortchanged on Aid

by Julianne Hing on July 16 2010, 2:52PM

Since a U.N. donors conference in March, when countries pledged over $5.3 billion to help Haiti, only $534 million has been delivered.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

Argentina Legalizes Gay Marriage

Argentina Legalizes Gay Marriage

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on July 15 2010, 3:26PM

The country passes marriage equality law while the U.S. mainstream gay rights movement lags on.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs

In Haiti, a Miami Transplant Seeks New Horizons

In Haiti, a Miami Transplant Seeks New Horizons

by Michelle Chen on July 13 2010, 1:33PM

Shooby Leroy Jean-Pierre finds despair and opportunity in earthquake-stricken Leogane.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti, Immigration

“Culture” Cop-Out Won’t Stop Rape in Eastern Congo

by Michelle Chen on July 13 2010, 9:36AM

The brutal war in eastern Congo has become synonymous with rape as a military tactic. Sensationalism combines with subrosa racism to dull the international response.

Topics: Global Affairs, On Gender

Haitian Moms Still Need Health Care

Haitian Moms Still Need Health Care

by Michelle Chen on July 7 2010, 1:05PM

Families may still be struggling for food and shelter after the earthquake, but their need for everyday preventive health care is no less profound.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti, On Gender

Naomi Campbell Wants No Part in Locking Up a War Criminal

Naomi Campbell Wants No Part in Locking Up a War Criminal

by Daisy Hernandez on July 6 2010, 10:53AM

It sounds like the plot line for an action film. A warlord, then actually the head of an African state, is at a party at Nelson Mandela’s house. He meets a supermodel and is so taken by her that he…

Topics: Global Affairs

Remembrance: Soweto Massacre and Bloody Sunday

Remembrance: Soweto Massacre and Bloody Sunday

by Michelle Chen on June 16 2010, 9:43AM

This week brings somber remembrances of two acts of massive brutality that occurred about a generation ago on opposite ends of the hemisphere. Both incidents exposed the shame of racial or ethnic strife under colonization, both galvanized radical social movements…

Topics: Global Affairs

Mail Order Wombs: Outsourcing Birth to India

Mail Order Wombs: Outsourcing Birth to India

by Michelle Chen on June 15 2010, 10:10AM

So much of America’s economic activity takes place on faraway shores, from call centers in Mumbai to sweatshops in Shanghai. Still, you’d think that making a baby would be one job that’s hard to offshore. But today, for a fee,…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

U.S. Won't Support UN investigation of Flotilla Raid

U.S. Won’t Support UN investigation of Flotilla Raid

by on June 11 2010, 7:14PM

Nearly two weeks after Israel’s deadly raid on a flotilla of humanitarian ships intent on breaking the blockade of Gaza, the United States continues to send mixed messages in response. Pres. Obama decided this week to send $400 million in…

Topics: Global Affairs

FIFA's World Cup Having a Ball With Child Labor

FIFA’s World Cup Having a Ball With Child Labor

by Michelle Chen on June 11 2010, 10:42AM

South Africa is the center of world this week, kicking off the first-ever World Cup Games on the African continent. But as the cameras pan across green fields and lavish festivities, labor activists are keeping their eye on the ball….

Topics: Global Affairs

World Cup Kicks Off, African Coaches Don't Make Cut

World Cup Kicks Off, African Coaches Don’t Make Cut

by Jamilah King on June 10 2010, 1:43PM

Here’s what you won’t see when this year’s World Cup kicks off this weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa: Black coaches leading African national teams. Of the six African national teams to make the tournament — more than ever before —…

Topics: Global Affairs

Today in Anti-Muslim Party Politics: Dutch Edition

by Michelle Chen on June 10 2010, 12:15PM

With the Tea Party making inroads in primaries across the country, you might think the rabid outbursts and vapid sloganeering are a peculiarly American phenomenon. But in fact, Thursday’s elections in the Netherlands show that the U.S. has no monopoly…

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Obama and Abbas to Discuss, but Not Deal with Gaza Crisis

by on June 9 2010, 5:48PM

UPDATE 5:45 PM ET: Pres. Obama pledged $400 million in U.S. aid for the West Bank and Gaza today following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. According to the White House, the aid will be used to build housing…

Topics: Global Affairs

Israel Rejects U.N. Inquiry; Four More Killed in Gaza Waters

by Julianne Hing on June 7 2010, 3:38PM

This morning, Israeli forces killed four men who were diving in the waters of the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian militant group claimed the men as its members and Israel Defense Force spokespeople said the four men were “on their way…

Topics: Global Affairs

The Gaza Blockade is the Real Problem

The Gaza Blockade is the Real Problem

by Hagai El-Ad on June 4 2010, 12:00PM

An Israeli human rights advocate says the flotilla raid is but the latest reason why the siege is as self-defeating as it is inhumane.

Topics: Global Affairs

Images From Behind the Gaza Blockade Photo

Images From Behind the Gaza Blockade

by Hatty Lee on June 4 2010, 12:00PM

Almost 1.5 million people struggle for basic necessities.

Topics: Global Affairs

Another Ship Heads to Gaza, Israel Again Vows to Protect Blockade

by on June 4 2010, 10:00AM

A new ship is headed to Gaza today, and the Israeli government has once again vowed to stop the vessel. The boat, which flies the Irish flag, is named the Rachel Corrie, after the young American student crushed to death…

Topics: Global Affairs

Will American’s Death in Gaza Flotilla Change U.S. Stance on Israel?

by on June 3 2010, 11:50AM

An American citizen is reported to be among the 9 people killed by Israeli solders aboard a flotilla of ships headed to Gaza on Monday. Turkish investigators have identified one of the bodies flown from Israel to Turkey yesterday as…

Topics: Global Affairs

Israel, Gaza and the 'Lynching' of Morality

Israel, Gaza and the ‘Lynching’ of Morality

by on June 2 2010, 12:00PM

The U.S. conversation about Israeli violence is still bound by false equivalencies and feigned victimhood.

Topics: Global Affairs