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What’s Behind Your Chocolate? Putting Human Rights in Halloween

Let’s face it: chocolate is a necessary staple of almost any Halloween celebration. This year alone, Americans were projected to spend over $2.5 billion on Halloween candy, with chocolate being the most profitable food product this holiday. However, when placed outside of the context of trick-or-treating and looked at from a global perspective, chocolate production


Student Massacre by Cartel-Controlled Police

Featured Image Credit: Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press . A confrontation in the city of Iguala, Mexico on September 26th has resulted in 43 students missing from Ayzotzinapa, a college in the Guerro state, following a brutal confrontation involving police connected to the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel. The state of Guerro is not only one of the

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Dhiab v. Obama: Force-feeding and renewed coverage of Guantánamo

Featured Image Credit: Matt Sprake Dhiab v. Obama, a recently tried federal case regarding the force-feeding of detainees on hunger strike, has renewed public scrutiny of the United States Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp (GTMO). Syrian Abu Wa’el Dhiab has been detained at GTMO for 12 years, intermittently “hunger striking to protest his confinement without charge.”

Arms and Conflict


Student Targets

  On Sunday, February 1, 2015, seven  ISIL militants were killed by Basil Ramadan, an Iraqi man in his 60’s. More than a month before, Ramadan’s son, Ahmed, was executed along with seven other college students by ISIL militants. The students were suspected by the militants for cooperating and working with Iraqi security forces. Additionally, in

Activism and Advocacy

Humanitarian Journalist Nicholas Kristof at a book signing.

Sustainable Empathy? The Ethics of Humanitarian Storytelling

Lulled by the sound of rain whispering against glass, I try hard to stay awake during my Thursday literature discussion. We are dissecting Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, which renders the lives of the Ramsey family in sharp relief. In Part II of the novel, a violent storm pummels the family’s house, symbolizing WWII raging



Op-Ed: Reject the Pipeline, Not Our Climate’s Future

As I stood with my back to the police officer, cooperatively placing my hands over my head, the chant “Stop the Pipeline. Yes, we can!” hovered in the air. The police arrested 398 students—myself included—on March 2nd as we demonstrated outside the White House. I am a college senior, applying for jobs along with many

International Justice


Mechanisms for Change After Gaza: An Interview with Nina Tannenwald

For decades, the ardent pursuit of a two-state solution in Palestine and Israel has brought little hope and much despair. In the most recent war in Gaza this summer, 2,104 Palestinians, including 1,462 civilians, among them 495 children and 253 women were killed. Sadly, there is little optimism that a renewed peace process would provide


Panel discussion on Ebola at Brown University

By Jessica Harper ’16 On November 13, 2014, The Watson Institute at Brown hosted a panel to discuss the current Ebola epidemic titled Political, Cultural and Epidemiological Aspects of the Ebola Outbreak.  Professor Patricia Agupusi moderated the event which was held in partnership with the Global Health Initiative and the Department of Epidemiology in the


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Lost in the System: The Fate of Unaccompanied Minors in the US

Across America, the phrase “border issues” has created the misleading idea that problems occurring along the border between the United States and Mexico also end at the border. The common belief is that any immigrant caught at this line is promptly interviewed and discharged back to their country. However, this is not the case. In

LGBTQ Rights


Putin Declares War on LGBT Rights

By Bernadette Stadler June 2013 was a month of victory for the LGBT community in the United States as the Supreme Court overturned both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, both of which legally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Globally, however, the fight for equality

Women's Rights

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Save My Seoul: A Documentary on South Korean Sex Trafficking

  From a distance, a red neon cross looms over a district of tired buildings. Within the four walls of these edifices, girls, like dogs in a pound, wait for clients to come in and purchase their “services” for a night. In 2014, two Korean-American brothers, Jason and Eddie Lee, the co-founders of the Jubilee

Civil and Political Rights


Homelessness Legislation: Rights and Restrictions

Over the past few months, the heightened media coverage of homelessness policy in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has transformed a ninety year-old man into a national hero. Featured by the likes of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, the nonagenarian Arnold Abbot has received and shrugged off notices for him to appear in court — he allegedly violated