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International Political Forum IPF Elect

US Mid-Term Elections 2014: A Republican Takeover?

This autumn, millions of Americans will descend upon polling stations to elect their federal representatives in the Houses of Congress. The Senate will see one third of its members vie to keep their seat, facing a challenger with an equally hungry fervor. In the House of Representatives, all 435 members must contend with the voting […]

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#HumanitarianHeroes: Celebrating The Heroes Of Our Time

It seems as though every day we wake up to the news of more death, destruction, and suffering. Whether it’s the cause of war, natural disasters or famine, there are currently 108 million people who are in need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations dispatches thousands of humanitarian aid workers around the world every year, […]

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Speaking Out Against the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Caribbean

American comedian Robin Williams’ apparent suicide has triggered a discussion about depression and other forms of mental illness in the Caribbean blogosphere. The tragedy has inspired many bloggers to share their own experiences, as a way to raise awareness and help others. Mental illness has long been considered taboo in the Caribbean. The colonial model of psychiatric treatment, […]

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The UPS Conundrum: Why is Israel Only Turning Right?

In 2011, senior vice-president of the private sector shipping company United Parcel Service (UPS) revealed the secret to the company’s growing profits and consistently expeditious deliveries: no left turns. UPS drivers are instructed only to turn right, since “turning right decreases safety hazards [e.g. side-swiping] and delays.” The result is a more efficient use of gasoline, […]

International Political Forum Eurasia

Central Asia’s Rulers View Turkish “Soap Power” With Suspicion

Back when the post-Soviet states of Central Asia gained independence, there was much talk of Pan-Turkism, a word that had been largely forgotten during seven decades of  communism and Russian linguistic influence. The idea that Turkey would become closer to the Turkic peoples of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan quickly gained traction among the peoples of a […]


 
 
 

 
International Political Forum

US Mid-Term Elections 2014: A Republican Takeover?

This autumn, millions of Americans will descend upon polling stations to elect their federal representatives in the Houses of Congress. The Senate will see one third of its members vie to keep their seat, facing a challenger wi...
by Simon Fraser
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social2014

#HumanitarianHeroes: Celebrating The Heroes Of Our Time

It seems as though every day we wake up to the news of more death, destruction, and suffering. Whether it’s the cause of war, natural disasters or famine, there are currently 108 million people who are in need of humanitarian...
by Priyanka Mogul
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Speaking Out Against the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Caribbean

American comedian Robin Williams’ apparent suicide has triggered a discussion about depression and other forms of mental illness in the Caribbean blogosphere. The tragedy has inspired many bloggers to share their own experi...
by Matthew Hunte
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The UPS Conundrum: Why is Israel Only Turning Right?

In 2011, senior vice-president of the private sector shipping company United Parcel Service (UPS) revealed the secret to the company’s growing profits and consistently expeditious deliveries: no left turns. UPS drivers are in...
by Tamar Ziff
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London protest calling on Uganda to drop anti-LGBT Bill

Ugandan Court Strikes Down Anti-Gay Law On A Technicality

Uganda’s Constitutional Court has overturned an anti-gay law, which punishes homosexual acts with life in prison in some cases, six months after it was signed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The court ruling did n...
by James Propa
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International Political Forum

Central Asia’s Rulers View Turkish “Soap Power” With Suspicion

Back when the post-Soviet states of Central Asia gained independence, there was much talk of Pan-Turkism, a word that had been largely forgotten during seven decades of  communism and Russian linguistic influence. The idea th...
by Kanykei Tursunbaeva
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