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Sigal Samuel February 24, 2017
As the Trump administration implements hardline immigration policies, which were a driving force of his campaign, hundreds of places of worship across the United States have declared themselves “sanctuary congregations,” meaning they will offer protection to undocumented immigrants facing deportation. In January, a Cincinnati mosque declared itself a sanctuary congregation, but rescinded the...
Katherine Murphy February 20, 2017
The rule of law gradually evolves to regulate emerging challenges and organize international relationships. “Globalization has led nation-states to interact in new ways, and other influential groups, such as multinational corporations and activist groups, to operate on an international level,” writes Katherine Murphy for the Heights. “These new types of interactions need standards of law to...
Neha Thirani Bagri February 10, 2017
Regulating longstanding cultural traditions to protect individuals can ignite political backlash. Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh, strives to be a champion of women’s empowerment, but proposed legislation that would allow marriage for underage girls who become pregnant is under fire. “Critics say the bill would weaken the existing law and send the message to parents that child...
Greg Clark February 9, 2017
In an age when many nations are leaning toward isolationism, some cities are bucking the trend and becoming centers of global business, research, and higher education. Stockholm, San Diego and Barcelona in particular are three cities that exemplify successfully creating a “global identity,” notes Greg Clark for the Brookings Institution. By diversifying their economy, these cities have avoided...
February 8, 2017
After a US judge has blocked a US executive order banning travelers from seven predominately Muslim countries as well as all refugees, President Donald Trump criticized the judge for putting the naton in “peril” and questioned his authority. “The separation of powers is crucial to understanding how the US is governed,” explains BBC News. “The country's constitution established its treasured...
Jon Herskovitz February 1, 2017
Universities and their innovations thrive with collaboration. “The leaders of the only private university in North Korea asked Texas A&M University, known for its agricultural economics and public health programs, for help on Monday in teaching subjects such as how to grow food in a land of chronic shortages,” reports Jon Herskovitz for Reuters. The Pyongyang University of Science and...
Daniel Kleinman January 31, 2017
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth, will spend about $600 million to sponsor the next six Olympic Games through 2028. The partnership was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos by Alibaba founder Jack Ma and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, the partnership. In addition to providing cloud services and customizing a television channel for Chinese viewers, Alibaba...

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