The Compassion Gap: A Western World’s Disparate Reaction to Conflict

Anna Quinn, Loyola University Maryland: About two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The bill, which is currently being debated in the Senate, prevents Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until they undergo a more rigorous vetting process—the most stringent ever required […]

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Press and Impunity in the Philippines

Keely Herring, JHU: In the Philippines there exists a dichotomy between the democratic press freedom rights articulated in the country’s 1987 Constitution, and the reality, which is mostly that of distorted news, and dead journalists, whose murderers frequently go entirely unpunished. The perpetuation of this reality is mostly at the hands of a few powerful, […]

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Gazprom: Russia’s Gaz Empire

Gabriel Casella, JHU: Origins The Soviet Union’s economy in the late 1980s was undergoing a radical change from a state-owned command system of production to a privatized free-market system. In 1989, the Soviet Ministry of Gas Industry was restructured into the Gazprom State Gas Concern, a private enterprise. However, on December 25 2005, Rosneftgaz (a […]

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