Across Burkina Faso, thousands of girls and young women, some as young as 11, are being forced into early marriage. This has to stop. Together, we can help end forced and early marriage in Burkina Faso, so more girls can go to school and young women can live their lives freely.Forced and early marriages are … More Burkina Faso: Protect Girls from Forced Marriages
The father of China’s Internet Firewall recently gave a talk at a conference in Northern China. Part of his speech talked about how China was not the only government to censor online content, citing neighbor South Korea as an example. When trying to demonstrate South Korean censorship to the audience, however, the speaker was blocked, … More Blocked by his own system
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has announced some major changes coming to paper currency. After more than 100 years of printing money, this will be the first U.S. paper note to feature the portrait of a woman. Tubman, who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist, returned to the South at least 19 times to free … More Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill. And yes, it’s a big deal.
The UN will be electing a new Secretary-General in the fall, and the campaign is picking up. For the first time, those contending for the job are doing so in public, and, significantly, two of the final candidates are women. The publicity, however, will not change the fundamentally exclusive selection process, with the candidate likely … More A New UN Secretary General
Saudi Arabia and Egypt just concluded a large economic deal last week, the centrepiece of which was the transfer of a few Red Sea islands from Egyptian to Saudi control. Although officially the islands are merely being returned (after multiple decades in Egyptian custody), the Egyptian president has already come under domestic fire, including large protests, for … More Building a Bridge Between Egypt and Saudi Arabia
We all woke up on April 3 to a massive story on the front page of every major publication around the world: the Panama Papers. These are a collection of documents and information that constitute the single largest leak in history, detailing the various illegal and nefarious dealings of at least 100 world elites, mainly in … More The Panama Papers
There is a story stained with tears of all Koreans; it involves such a traumatic part of history, that in order to honour the survivors/victims, everyone must remember and learn the tragedy instead of “moving on.” 귀향 is a Korean film produced based on the real-life stories collected from survivors of the horrendous war crime … More Korean Movie: “Moving On”
Since the 1980s there has a been a theory about the threshold of economic development required to sustain democracy. Based on an examination of cases that relapsed from democracy back to dictatorship, the threshold was set at around $8,000. Turkey may been in a position to totally upend that theory. While Erdogan is not yet … More Turkey & Democracy Theory
A letter surfaced recently, calling for the resignation of Xi Jinping, in a country whose already tight media controls are getting stricter, this is a big surprise. Xi’s response, a massive crackdown, perhaps shows some insecurity about support from his main support base, the CCP. Now, a long-standing editor with a large southern Chinese newspaper has … More Further crackdown in China
The question is not whether death penalty should be abolished or not. The question lies in that the consented society considers sentencing death to a human being as the highest form of punishment, and for that reason capital punishment is often subject to scrutiny and elaborate inspections. Admittedly, punishments are forms of seeking justice. Even … More What Do We Want the Face of Justice to Look Like?