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Foreign Investment’s Impact on Egypt Before and After the Arab Spring


(Photo Credit: CNN) Prior to the Arab Spring and subsequent government transitions, Egypt was quickly rising through the ranks of developing countries primed for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). In fact, it received more FDI than most other African and Arab countries.[1] After decades of deliberate work enacting aid-friendly policies and laws, it was perhaps on […]

Social Determinants of Health: How Social Equity Affects Health Care, and What We Can Do About it


(Photo Credit: rawpixel on Unsplash) By: Tamra Downing Unbeknownst to the average patient, the care we receive from our doctors says relatively little about our overall health. The answer is not found in our genetic makeup, either. The single largest determinant of health, comprising 60% of the puzzle that is a healthy body, is based on social factors. […]

Venezuelan Human Rights Crisis Spilling into Colombia


(Photo Credit: Getty Images) By: Angela Maria Cobos Monico The problematic economic and social situation in Venezuela is well known to us by now as the topic makes at least a weekly appearance in international media outlets.  Beyond the macroeconomic statistics and the high-level policy talk, these numbers and figures really affect the daily life of […]

The Day I Learned from Elton John


(Photo Credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer) By:  Isabela Garbin Ramanzini, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Early last month, like many other Harvard affiliates, I lined up for tickets to the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award ceremony at the Sanders Theater. The nominee of the year was no one else but Sir […]

The Crime of Modern Day Slavery on the High Seas


(Picture Credit: New York Times) By Andrew Elliott Cha The Tariff Act of 1930 in the United States precludes the purchase of goods made from forced labor. One would expect that this piece of legislation not only comports with American values, but also incentivizes producers to comply with international norms regarding labor practices. Nothing could […]

After Landmark Human Rights Ruling, Ireland Reconsiders Its Abortion Ban


By Bojana Stoparic Remarkable changes are afoot in Ireland: a government-appointed citizens’ commission seems poised to recommend pivotal reforms that would liberalize the country’s near-total ban on abortion. Ireland is a country where the anti-choice movement has remained fierce and powerful even as the rest of the world moves towards decriminalizing abortion and the Eighth Amendment […]

Sterilizing Sex Workers and Homeless Drug Addicts: A Policy to Help or to Harm?


By Azadeh Pourzand On January 1, 2017, an Iranian official called for the sterilization of sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. The official, Siavash Shahrivar, the head of the Social and Cultural Affairs Department in Tehran Governorate, introduced this recommendation as a policy that would prevent social harm. Emphasizing that […]

Why We Need to Stop Talking About “Ethnic” Conflict


By Matthew Willmore The atrocities in Rwanda, we are often told, were an ethnic conflict: a genocide that not only fell along racial lines, but one fueled by intractable differences separating two distinct peoples. Indeed, much coverage from 1994 onward implied a degree of inevitability to the world’s fastest genocide. After all, “ethnic tensions [had] […]

How to Obtain and Preserve Marriage Equality


By Andy Vo I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage. Not because I’ve found true love, but because more and more countries have considered marriage equality in the second half of 2016. Last month, Gibraltar unanimously passed a bill recognizing marriage equality. Taiwan may become the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage as early […]

Demolition is Not the Answer


Refugees in France are left stranded when Calais camp is destroyed By Sarah Angell The French government’s policy to remove informal settlements of migrants and refugees without providing alternative housing for residents puts vulnerable people into dangerous positions. The French government needs to deliver viable housing alternatives for residents of camps if they want to […]

Human Rights Violations Remain Worrying in Post-Nuclear Iran


By Azadeh Pourzand Iran sealed a nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers (P5+1) in July 2015. Many human rights defenders who followed the negotiations believed that a less isolated Iran would have more incentives to respect human rights. Others feared that Iran would now get away with human rights violations more than […]

Engendering Networks of Resistance in Morocco


By Brittany Landorf  In 2010-2011, the Arab Spring witnessed a burgeoning female presence in an unprecedented manner. In Morocco, women cyber activists arose at the height of the 2011 protests; their voices continue to reverberate today. Virtual spaces facilitated the growth of these new movements and networks of activism. While much has been written about […]

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