On Wednesday, Mosha Gessen, a New York Times journalist and Russian refugee, spoke at Cornell about Putin, the new Russian state, and Pussy Riot. Thea Walsh argues that Vladimir Putin has strived to exclude dissident groups from Russian society by depicting them as foreign and anti-Russian.
This Monday, a young Indian woman, from the northern province of Uttar Pradesh, retracted a statement made in August, which had accused a Muslim man of abducting, raping, and forcefully converting her to Islam for marriage. According to Thea Walsh, the notion of “love jihad” can be viewed as a nationalist ploy to promote a singular definition of belonging in Indian society.
Richard Wang examines the use of cluster munitions by the Ukrainian government, and how the international community and Ukraine should respond.
Today across the globe there are approximately 300,000 children armed with AK-47s and hand grenades participating in domestic conflicts. Although these conflicts occur in developing nations in South America and Asia, they are often focused in Africa, and today in particular, in the Central African Republic. This rapid mobilization of child soldiers has been alarming for the international community as it tries to reconcile this new threat and the ratification of treaties and peace accords that delineate expectations for the rights and protection of children around the world.
After a divisive campaign and polemical debates, this week France became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Last week, New Zealand was the 13th. France became the ninth country in Europe, following even staunchly Catholic Portugal and Spain, to legalize same-sex marriage. The wild protests and fierce support have illustrated a contentious dichotomy in French … Continue reading Where is the US?
During his 2008 Presidential Campaign, then-Presidential hopeful Barack Obama assured the American public that the American military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba would be shut down within the first year of his presidency. On January 22, 2009, shortly after taking office, Obama signed an executive order stating that authorized the use of an … Continue reading The Case to Close Guantanamo
For 26 years Sri Lanka was embroiled in a bloody civil war that led to the death of 100,000 people. For 26 years the people of Sri Lanka lived in fear of forced disappearances, torture, and massacres. Human rights and civil liberties were tossed aside as the Tamil Tigers fought against the Sri Lankan government … Continue reading Dissent in Sri Lanka