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The Global Learning Crisis and How It Can Be Addressed

According to a World Bank report, there is a global learning crisis that is continuing to threaten millions of young students, and as the social gaps widen, the learning crisis increasingly becomes a moral and economic crisis as well. This current report states that without learning, education fails to deliver on its main goal of […]

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Accountability for Human Rights Violations

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who was imprisoned in Moscow. He was convicted of aiding tax evasion in 2008 and died in custody in 2009. Surprisingly, though, his legal troubles did not end there. In a trial in 2013, a Russian court further convicted Magnitsky of tax fraud–four years after his death. Magnitsky’s death […]

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Education Programs Help Young South Sudanese Refugees

The civil war in South Sudan has forced nearly two million people to flee the country. They have traveled mostly to Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan. But the youngest nation in the world also has a young population. The median age is 17, an issue that has affected refugee camps across northeastern Africa, since 62% of […]

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PEPFAR: New Approach for HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

The creation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003 stimulated a significant increase in funding for and attention to the pandemic. When the program was originally implemented, its focus was to provide urgently needed treatment to individuals in countries that experienced the most deaths caused by HIV/AIDS. New data shows that […]

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Causes of Poverty in Sao Tome and Principe

The most recent survey on the causes of poverty in Sao Tome and Principe, an island nation off the western coast of Africa, dates back to 1995. It showed that over 40% of the population was living below the poverty line, and 33% were living in extreme poverty. Unfortunately, there is little household information about Sao […]

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Defecting and Disease: The Health of North Korean Refugees

When defectors from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea risk their lives to leave the country, they are running not only from a dictatorial regime, but also from famine and sickness. The physical and mental health of North Korean refugees is much worse than that of their South Korean counterparts. But, upon reaching South Korea, […]

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How to Help People in Dominica

The Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island nation, is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean. While other Caribbean nations have moderately successful tourist industries, Dominica’s tourism has decreased in recent years along with its economic growth. Dependence on a failing banana industry has further exacerbated the country’s poverty; therefore, it is necessary to […]

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Efforts to Reduce the Syrian Education Crisis

The Syrian education crisis is a direct result of the displacement of people during the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011 with protesting and civil unrest that turned increasingly violent. The conflict continues today, after four years of fighting, and while there are innumerable effects of the war, among the worst and long-lasting effects […]

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Why Is Andorra Poor? A Resolved Issue or Still at Risk?

Although Andorra is a part of Europe, this small chunk of land skirts above the poverty line. Andorrans narrowly avoid poverty through trade alone, meaning one decision or mistake could lead people to ask: why is Andorra poor? Andorra‘s independence has successfully lasted about 150 years, yet only five percent of their land is arable. […]

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Aid Coming for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

During the past month, Bangladesh and the world have watched in horror as 400,000 refugees have crossed the border from Myanmar in the wake of an increase in military crackdowns among Muslim Rohingya villages. Many have lost family members in the violence and all have lost their homes. In the wake of the catastrophic events […]