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Peking University
February 27, 2015 - 2:00pm EST
Although China does allow slightly more freedom of speech than North Korea, ever since Xi Jinping became President in 2013, the country has been cracking down on speech and expression deemed subversive in its higher academic institutions. President Xi has been pushing universities to espouse the views of Maoism and to get back on the socialist track, especially since he’s been courting conservative members of the [...] Read More
Bound Feet in Lotus Shoes (Courtesy of NPR/Photo by Louisa Lim)
February 20, 2015 - 12:00pm EST
Although the struggle for women’s rights in China is far from over, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party has allowed women more opportunities and rights than their ancestors before them, especially in the public sphere. The best thing that the Party did in the name of women’s rights has been to eradicate the practice of foot-binding. Foot-binding began during the Song (or Sung) Dynasty (960-1279). Over time, [...] Read More
A person capped with a Tunisian flag walks past a statue representing the cart of Mohamed Bouazizi, the fruitseller whose self-immolation sparked the revolution and ignited the Arab Spring, on December 17, 2011.
February 20, 2015 - 10:00am EST
The United Nations General Assembly, on the initiative of Nurbch Jeenbrev, the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to the UN in New York, has proclaimed 20 February as the “World Day of Social Justice.” The World Day of Social Justice gives us an opportunity to take stock of how we can work together at the local, national and global level on policy and action to achieve the goals set out in the resolution of “solidarity, harmony [...] Read More
Head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras speaks after winning elections in Athens, January 25, 2015. CREDIT: REUTERS/MARKO DJURICA
February 16, 2015 - 10:00am EST
Following recent elections, Greece has us asking big questions about how its sovereign debt will be managed going forward. These questions carry implications well beyond Greece: a collapse in talks over the next steps could result in a severe crisis for the European Monetary Union (EMU), with potential effects throughout the global economy. What are the implications for global politics? A brief refresher first. Greece [...] Read More
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February 13, 2015 - 10:00am EST
Recently elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is seeking reconciliation after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war, which lasted from 1983 to 2009. His predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa is credited with ending the war, but the social conditions that led to it, including the discrimination and persecution against the Tamil population, continue to exist. Rajapaksa refused international inquiries into the human [...] Read More
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