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Chronicles of Nauru: Outsourced

Chronicles of Nauru: Outsourced
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The Nauru files paint a grim picture of life in the detention centre. It is marred by daily self-harm and assault. To add injury to insult, children are overrepresented in the data. This backs the findings of a 2014 report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The UN, who have been highly critical of Australia’s […]

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Brave New Euro

Brave New Euro
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Many economists weighed in on the persistently sluggish economic performances of European countries. On August 16, Nobel Prize winner Josef Stiglitz released his new book The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe. Yes, the title is misleading. Stiglitz argues that economic integration outpaced political integration. Barring an institutional overhaul, it could […]

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Goodbye, FARC? How to end the world’s longest civil war

Goodbye, FARC? How to end the world’s longest civil war
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Ending the world’s longest insurgency is by no means a small feat. The roots of the FARC can be traced back to La Violencia (1948-1957). Out of these ideological riots the communist-inspired FARC emerged in the mid-1960s. Since their inception, they have allegedly defended the rights of peasants in rural Colombia. Thanks to the coca(ine) […]

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Ready, Set, Go: Fighting Olympic Corruption

Ready, Set, Go: Fighting Olympic Corruption
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Foul play: Situating the problem Amidst outcries for justice, the Brazilian federal police investigates the allocation of all federal funds to the Olympic Games. Five construction firms, responsible for the major chunk of infrastructure works, are directly connected to the Petrobras scandal. Future announcements on the investigation are expected in the next couple of weeks. […]

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