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Steven Gorelick, Marc F. Muller and Jim Yoon February 27, 2017
Researchers from Stanford University have demonstrated that the massive flow of people into Jordan due to the Syrian civil war has resulted in an increased flow of water as well. The Yarmouk River, which begins in Syria and terminates at the Jordanian border, has experienced an “unexpected, rapid increase in flow” since 2013, reports Brookings. Upstream Syrian refugees abandoning irrigated...
Heena Khandelwal February 27, 2017
International students represent a majority of graduate students in US higher-education for many engineering specialties as well as economics and computer science. Most students studying in the United States come from China followed by India; Indians receive more H1B visas than any other internationality. Skilled labor contributes to innovation and economic prosperity. A rise in anti-immigrant...
Ankit Panda February 26, 2017
Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of former North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il, was assassinated at the crowded Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. The weapon used against the estranged half-brother of North Korea's current dictator, the youngest son, is reported as the nerve agent VX, a substance banned as a chemical weapon by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...
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 In January, a Cincinnati mosque declared itself a sanctuary congregation, but rescinded the...
Abigail Tracy February 24, 2017
Questions continue about alleged connections between Russia and the US election. A report suggests that a Ukrainian official had tried to alert Paul Manafort, a former chairman of the Trump campaign, about compromising information, later revealed after a phone of Manafort’s daughter was hacked. The Ukrainian official denies that he was the source of the messages. “Manafort, however, confirmed the...
Arvind Subramanian February 23, 2017
The World Trade Organization, a multilateral trade group with 164 members, has been marginalized in recent years due to increasing preference for bilateral and regional deals, explains Arvind Subramanian, chief economic adviser to the government of India in an essay for Project Syndicate. He points to three developments that could prompt the world to reconsider multilateralism and revive the WTO...
Terry Hallmark February 22, 2017
The Niger Delta Avengers have declared “all-out” war against the Nigerian government and oil interests, continuing a two-decades-long conflict in the Niger Delta. Profitable oil drilling has pitted the Nigerian government and multinational corporations including Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron against a rotating cast of opponents. Organized opposition surfaced in the 1990s, with protests, civil...

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