The first court case of female genital mutilation in Egypt has ended in the aquittal of doctor and Islamic preacher Raslan Fadl. Contrary to the hopes of activists and state officials for a landmark verdict, the doctor was released without charge for performing the procedure on Suhair al-Bata’a in June 2013. The 12 year-old died during the mutilation. […]
August 9, 1945. The day the “Fat Man” atomic bomb destroyed Nagasaki, and the day that – keeping his promise to the Allies – Stalin entered the war against Japan, creating a territorial dispute lasting to this day. Soviet troops advanced quickly and in a matter of weeks captured Sakhalin, the elongated island along Russia’s […]
The Guerrero region of Mexico is home to a diverse community of farmers and metalworkers. Guerrero is home to both over 1,700 prehistoric archeological sites, and in the last month it has been identified as the site of at least twelve mass graves. The graves were uncovered by authorities in search of the 43 students […]
Every year on November 11, e-commerce giant Alibaba makes business headlines with its sales record on Singles Day, a holiday celebrating China’s single men and women that has become a popular online shopping day. This year, the company racked up US$9.3 billion, almost doubled last year’s US$ 5.8 billion.
In The Atlantic, Noah Gittell recently argued that Hollywood is dropping the ball on climate change. Pointing out the lack of explicit acknowledgement in Interstellar, Gittell went on to suggest that Hollywood keeps getting the environment wrong because addressing an environmental crisis is not dramatic or awe-inspiring. As a graduate student in environmental policy, I must disagree. […]