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…

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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…

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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.

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American Occupation Casts Long Shadows Over Okinawa

by Michelle Chen on June 1 2010, 9:06AM

On Memorial Day, America honored its war dead. Across the Pacific Ocean, the ghosts of war continue to haunt the coastline of Japan, now awash in political angst over the military base on the island of Okinawa. Last week, the…

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U.S. Brings Drug War to Jamaica, Death Toll Up to 50

by Julianne Hing on May 26 2010, 10:58AM

Police patrol the streets outside the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens in Kingston. REUTERS/Andrew P. Smith Efforts to extradite an alleged Jamaican drug lord to the United States have led to a violent standoff between civilians and armed forces in…

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Aid for Haiti Moving Through Senate In Fits and Starts

by Julianne Hing on May 24 2010, 2:14PM

Four months after the earthquake in Haiti, Congress is still debating best practices for how to help the country recover. Tomorrow, the Senate foreign relations panel will consider a bill by Senators John Kerry and Bob Corker that calls $3.5…

Topics: Global Affairs, Politics

U.S. Drug War Sparks Violence in Jamaica

by Julianne Hing on May 24 2010, 1:57PM

The United States’ efforts to extradite an alleged Jamaican drug lord—said by some to be the most powerful man in the country—has set off a firestorm in the Caribbean. Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding declared a state of emergency yesterday…

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Lessons from Cochabamba on Borders, Labels and Justice

by Michelle Chen on April 22 2010, 5:50PM

It’s fitting that migration has been a major focus at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which brought thousands from all around the world to gather and discuss the racial, socioeconomic and…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Immigration

White House Footage of Michelle Obama in Haiti

White House Footage of Michelle Obama in Haiti

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2010, 7:24PM

Last Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden met Haiti relief workers and Haitian President Rene Preval to reiterate U.S. support to rebuilding efforts in the country. “I think this is a really good time for us to…

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

Abandoning Justice for Power in South Africa

by Michelle Chen on April 19 2010, 8:00AM

South Africa has been struggling for over a decade to overcome the vestiges of apartheid, and to this day is constantly challenged by racial conflict and socioeconomic inequality. And as if there weren’t enough obstacles strewn in the country’s rocky…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs

Lessons of Rage in South Africa

by Michelle Chen on April 6 2010, 6:16PM

The 69 year-old white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’Blanche, the notorious founder of the ultra-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) of South Africa, recently died a gruesome death. Authorities say the gory beating and hacking, allegedly at the hands of two farmworkers, was…

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Activists Call for HIV/AIDS Relief for Haiti

by Jamilah King on April 1 2010, 12:37PM

While over 100 countries and international aid organizations pledged $10 billion to Haitian reconstruction yesterday, New York City religious and health groups teamed up with Haitian AIDS activists to call attention to what they’re calling the “failure” of AIDS…

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Haiti Promised $10 Billion in Aid. Who’ll Spend It?

by on April 1 2010, 10:46AM

Yesterday’s UN meeting of governments and international organizations on aid to Haiti ended with a $10 billion pledge. The funds will be committed to development that may dramatically restructure the country’s human geography and physical infrastructure by focusing on urban…

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Moving On Up and Hitting a Wall: Social Mobility in the U.S. and Europe

by Michelle Chen on February 10 2010, 8:28PM

America: land of opportunity… if you’re lucky enough to be born into one. The crumbling of the American Dream is in plain view across the country, especially in the urban centers and desolate ghost towns that have long been…

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Schools & Youth

Faultlines in Haiti: Who is Listening on the Ground?

by Michelle Chen on February 8 2010, 8:10PM

Haiti’s devastation is metastasized into a roiling homelessness crisis, and aid groups warn of another potential mass displacement as the government considers shifting people to supposedly more organized encampments outside the capital. What do Haitian survivors think of the…

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Veiled Discrimination: France Moves to Ban the Burqa

by Michelle Chen on January 30 2010, 6:07AM

To some Americans unfamiliar with Muslim cultures, the sight of a woman walking down the street wearing a full-length veil may come across as strange, perhaps offensive, or as an image of oppression. In France, the veil may soon be…

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Rebuilding Haiti Without Borders: Remittances and Migration

by Michelle Chen on January 29 2010, 8:03PM

Activists have tried to keep the immigration issue on the national agenda by highlighting the potential economic benefits of immigration reform. The massive humanitarian crisis right next door may present an opportunity to recast immigration in the context of addressing…

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Somali ‘Pirates’ Plan to Send Treasures Taken from Rich Countries to Haiti

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2010, 11:07AM

We haven’t heard about the Somali pirates in months, but they’re back in the news cycle. This time around, it’s a more positive, Robin Hood-esque story. In the article, translated on, leaders of the pirate groups say they’re willing…

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Children of the Earthquake: Rescuing Haiti’s Orphans?

by Michelle Chen on January 26 2010, 8:15PM

The Haitian diaspora has always been fractured by definition, with tough kinship ties stretched across oceans in a network of interwoven communities. Now that the earthquake has shaken up borders and geopolitical barriers, no one is quite sure how…

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More Tent Cities: Haiti Refugee Crisis on the Horizon

by Michelle Chen on January 23 2010, 5:28AM

The Haitian government’s new plan to deal with earthquake refugees seems to follow an old trajectory. Survivors will be pushed into emergency shelter sites scattered outside Port-au-Prince, which will offer a supposedly cleaner, more orderly alternative to the hundreds…

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