Global Articles

Indigenous peoples have been marred for centuries by the incredulous theft of knowledge they obtained, and even resources they use. The thieves are superior, more developed powers that jealously protect the rights to knowledge that is not rightfully theirs. They then refuse to recognize that the true ownership of such precious information belongs to Native Peoples. Indigenous knowledge is stolen without the slightest consideration to the powerful implications that it comes equipped with. The moral repercussions behind such an unethical system leads to loss of Native culture and sustainability and a shift from using Native knowledge and resources for social needs to profit generation.

By Shahrukh Khan  |  March 23, 2014

majestic, powerful figure, Christ the Redeemer stands far above the Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro—a physical manifestation of the power and authority of the Catholic Church. Upon its completion in 1931, the statue symbolized the hope and prosperity of Catholicism in Latin America. But no longer. In the slums and favelas below Christ’s welcoming embrace, fewer and fewer turn towards the Catholic faith for solace.

By Mason Barnard  |  March 23, 2014

Humanitarian assistance is aimed at providing rapid, life-saving support in settings of high population vulnerability, such as in times of war, disaster, or displacement. The provision of humanitarian assistance is complicated by severe access restrictions, large-scale emergency needs, displaced populations, and complex political and social settings. Both war and disasters create, and often amplify, existing economic disparities and contribute to an environment in which gender inequities, human vulnerabilities, and human rights abuses are likely to be exacerbated.

By Michael VanRooyen  |  September 30, 2013

Disasters are not only increasing in number, they are becoming more complex as natural and man-made crises combine to cause mega-disasters. Rapid urbanization, population growth, political unrest, and migration have created fragile environments in many countries, and boundaries are blurring between complex emergencies and chronic vulnerability in places such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia. These factors have resulted in intense pressure on the UN’s humanitarian organizations and partners to respond more quickly when disaster strikes and to be more effective in its response.

By Valerie Ann Amos  |  September 23, 2013

An interview with Heather Schmid and Dr. Rafay Mehdi

Heather Schmid is an international recording artist, pop star, and member of the Grammy Academy whose work has reached millions through live performances, recordings, YouTube clips, and other media.  Dr. Rafay Mehdi is an internationally-recognized MD who has taught medicine at Harvard University and been affiliated with Yale University and Boston University.  Together, they have founded Goddess, Inc. and the Neuroscience Media Group, which create uplifting entertainment designed to elevate discourse, bridge cultures, and foster international cooperation, goodwill, and peace.  Goddess, Inc. and the Neuroscience Media group practice actionable idealism: they match their values with practical strategies designed to realize their vision.  Their latest project, a song entitled “Pelay hum Pakistani hey,” will combine the musical traditions of Pakistan’s many cultures to foster greater national unity.

By HIR Interviews  |  April 29, 2013

Mobile apps and tablets have assumed a prominent position in the landscape of technology use in education and training, as anticipated by the EDUCAUSE 2012 Horizon Report. With mobile phone subscriptions totaling around six billion, and predictions that sales of tablets and e-book readers will increase substantially as prices continue to fall, mobile devices are rightly seen as a compelling means of solving pressing global problems in education. Numerous successes have already been recorded.

By Agnes Kukulsa-Hulme  |  April 12, 2013

Despite efforts to guard against future financial crises, markets will remain vulnerable until the influence of globalization is addressed.  Global financial flows were a major factor in the US housing bubble and subsequent bust, as they bear much responsibility for the boom-bust financial patterns of the last 20 years.  Though various measures could break this pattern, the most promising would be an alteration in Federal Reserve (Fed) policy, something its leadership shows no sign of doing or even considering.


By Milton Ezrati  |  March 30, 2013

 In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan’s northwestern town of Swat when she was returning home from school in a van. Why did the Taliban perceive a schoolgirl as a grave threat to its agenda of radicalizing youth? Armed with pen, enlightened with knowledge, and charged with the passion of fighting for the right to girls’ education, 14-year-old Malala has had no less of an impact than a drone in combating Talibanization.

By Syed Fazl-E-Haider  |  March 30, 2013

Thirty years of research have identified common facets of social movements (i.e. grievances, resources, ideology, and opportunity) that challenge and change government systems. An example was the 1989 demise of the Soviet socialist bloc in Eastern Europe, which is described in Oberschall’s 2000 article “Social Movements and the Transition to Democracy” and in Opp & Gern’s 1993 study, “Dissident Groups, Personal Networks, and Spontaneous Cooperation: The East German Revolution of 1989.” Once again we are witnessing a region-wide upheaval, this time in the Middle East as the Arab uprisings that began in Tunisia continue to ripple across national boundaries. It is too early to say with certainty how or why this cascade started, much less tell where it is headed. However, some basic facts make the situation worth inspecting carefully, especially since youth have been on the forefront of numerous movements throughout history. This has surely been the case in the contemporary Middle East.

By Brian K. Barber, James Youniss  |  March 30, 2013

In the shadow of China’s and India’s inroads into the African continent, South America’s emerging power, Brazil, has been increasing its presence in Africa. However, its role in Africa has remained relatively unnoticed by international media and academia thus far. Brazil’s low visibility in Africa cannot be explained exclusively by the fact that its financial engagement is still limited in comparison to that of China or India. An explanation would also need to include the unique way the South American power has interacted with Africa. Brazil has presented itself as a partner for Africa’s development challenges rather than as a business partner.

By Christina Stolte  |  March 30, 2013