Keen to establish itself as an actor with greater importance in global geopolitics, today's Brazil seeks a foreign policy in accordance with its present stature and aspirations. The country has emerged from the periphery of the international order to become a global player with an enhanced voice on the international stage, eager to ascend to the epicenter of the most powerful nations, and with some degree of influence upon the global system.

By Hussein Kalout  |  March 23, 2014

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


By Dr. Hatem Bazian  |  March 23, 2014

Eko Atlantic is a city that rises “like Aphrodite from the foam of the Atlantic,” wrote Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. The city is defined by sustainability, luxury, technology, and economic opportunity. It is Africa’s own Dubai; a gleaming gateway to the continent that will revolutionize the city of Lagos, solidifying its place as West Africa’s financial center. The private development, which is located on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean along

By Alexandra Phillips  |  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

In order to better understand what happened in Mali in 2012 and to seek appropriate solutions to the major obstacles facing this country, it is necessary to recall the nature and causes of the numerous challenges confronting the nation. these vital concerns relate to ethnicity, secession, terrorism, coups, governance, poverty, corruption, drought and climate change. These factors affect not only Mali but also represent obstacles faced by a multitude of other countries on the continent. However, in the case of Mali, these issues were all brought together in the same place and brutally erupted at the same time during the course of the year 2012, provoking disintegration and the subsequent French military intervention.

By Dr. Jean Ping  |  March 23, 2014

What next? Following another marred election, what is to become of Zimbabwe? With alleged assistance rendous inflation by banning the Zimbabwe dollar as legal from Israel and China, President Mugabe was re-anointed president after a July election for another five-year term. He has been misruling Zimbabwe with an increasingly iron fist since 1980, governing since 1999 over a country with ever-diminishing GDP, many years of Weimar-like inflation, and deteriorating medical and educational outcomes. But Mugabe will be 90 in February. How long will he live? Who can succeed him?

By Professor Robert I. Rotberg  |  March 23, 2014

An Inconvenient Truth – The Health Status of Migrant Workers in China

By Zara Zhang  |  January 20, 2014

Over the course of the twentieth century, and into the twenty-first, there has been a change in the relationship between disease and death. The leading causes of death in 1900 included diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis, which were predominantly infectious diseases. Fast-forward to 2010 and chronic diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, the result of lifestyle choices rather than communicable methods, take these same spots.

By Shahrukh Khan  |  January 13, 2014

In the western world Islamic conservatism and radicalization had not been on the public radar much until the 1990s and especially the 2000s when terrorist attacks increased and the United States waged two wars in the Middle East. Out of these experiences the West garnered a negative and cautious view of Islamic conservatism with the main fear being that it leads to terrorism. These fears painted the Islamic world in one color as if all Muslims shared the same views about everything from the west to democracy to human rights. If asked about the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood, many Americans would be shocked to learn that it was born in 1928, nearly a century ago. Since then the Brotherhood has been through difficult ordeals of suppression and times of success.

By Benjamin Legesse  |  November 12, 2013