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World Policy On Air, Ep. 22: Climate Change and Its Victims

On today's podcast, World Policy Journal Managing Editor Yaffa Fredrick discusses responses to the “Big Question” section of the Journal’s Summer 2015 issue, in which we asked experts from around the world the following question: “Who has the most to lose from climate change in your country?”

Plan Nord: Québec's First Nations on the Fence

The government of Québec is preparing to roll out a massive development plan in the province's northern region, but some aboriginal communities in the area have not yet given their consent. World Policy Journal's Nellie Peyton writes about the conflict they face between needing economic opportunity and wanting to protect the environment they live in.

Greek Default

Following Greece’s debt default, many were quick to blame the country’s “bad behavior,” while largely ignoring the responsibility of creditors who lent irresponsibility. In his latest blog post, James H. Nolt examines the real cause of the crisis, particularly the role that bears and bulls might have played in its creation.

Asian-African Summits Are Not a Waste of Time

Although many countries in Asia and Africa remain underdeveloped, cooperation between these two regions is indispensable. South to South cooperation allows these otherwise disenfranchised nations to bring their resources together and speak on the global stage with one voice.

Setting Greece’s Course

Last Saturday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced that a referendum would take place on Sunday, July 5 to decide whether or not Greece will accept the bailout conditions proposed by its European creditors. Greek economist Loukas Tsoukalis contends that the vote is really about Greece's future in the eurozone and urges his fellow citizens to say a resounding "Yes" to the country's European future.

The Cuban-American Reset?

Just as President Obama announces the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Cuba, World Policy Journal's Lawrence Gutman argues that normalizing relations with Cuba depends on support among leaders of the Cuban-American community who were once staunchly in favor of the embargo.

Syria's Christians: Caught in the Middle

In Syria, as fighting between Bashar al-Assad's government and hard-line opposition continues, Christians and other religious minorities are caught in the middle of the mayhem. Syria Deeply reports on the experience of these minorities who may soon be forced to pick sides in this civil war.

Changing Chairs, Changing Choices

With the shift in Arctic Council chairmanships from Canada to the U.S., many have predicted a change in the organization's future policy and focus. Heather Nicol discusses the ways the new U.S. chair will continue the large-scale economic initiatives of its predecessor along with America's stated goals to prioritize regional safety and security.

Taking on Russia

The American response to the Ukrainean crisis has been unduly influenced by outdated Cold War perspectives in Washington. James W. Carden of the new American Committee for East-West Accord writes about how the tenor of the debate over U.S.-Russian policy can be elevated from one dominated, at least in the U.S., by ad hominem attacks and baseless assertions to a civil dialogue about the interests of all nations involved.

Commandeering the Copa America

As South America's continental soccer tournament, the Copa America, progresses to the finals, the indigenous Mapuche people of southern Chile continue to use their country's role as the host nation to further their political goals. Jordan Palmer outlines some of the core issues facing the Mapuche community today by focusing on Western economic influences.

The Lebanese National Tabbouleh Day

For Lebanese people, this upcoming Fourth of July marks the ninth National Tabbouleh Day, an official holiday for celebrating the national dish of Tabbouleh. Founder of the National Tabbouleh Day Ricardo Mbarkho tells his story of creating this holiday and how it has brought Lebanese people together in the conflict-torn country.

Countering Human Trafficking in Uganda

Following the insurgency in northern Uganda by the Lord's Resistance Army, victims of war crimes and human trafficking were left homeless and stigmatized. Agnes Igoye writes about the Huts for Peace initiative, which she founded to empower and shelter survivors through community building projects.

Egyptian Journalists: Torture, Abuse, and a Culture of Fear

A recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalist details the alarmingly high rates of imprisonment and torture of Egyptian journalists. Drawing on this report, Callie Plapinger highlights the corruption of the Egyptian government and suggests alternative methods to achieving freedom of press.

Iran's Red Lines

As the targeted deadline for achieving a nuclear weapons program deal with Iran draws near, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has just overplayed his hand in what could turn out to be a historic misjudgment. William Beecher outlines the situation while explaining America’s few remaining options.

Ebola: Five Minutes With Dr. Facinet Yattara

In Bokè, Guinea, a recent uprising has raised concerns regarding government interaction with Ebola patients. Dr. Facinet Yattara, the regional coordinator from the National Ebola Response Center, discusses the implications of and causes behind this violent incident, and predicts future government responses to disease management.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of June 26th

From the fight against Boko Haram to the Pope's encyclical on climate change, we address a variety of critical issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Plan Nord: A Model for Sustainable Development

On Tuesday, World Policy Institute and the Government of Québec held a private discussion featuring the Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard. The Premier detailed his most recent initiative, Plan Nord, which seeks to sustainably develop the Québecois region north of the 49th parallel.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 21: The Transition to Renewables

On today's podcast, legendary environmentalist Lester R. Brown discusses the uphill battle to address climate change with host David Alpern and how Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the issue is helping to change minds.

Private Credit and Inflation

In the latest installment of his blog, James H. Nolt dispels the myth that inflation is caused by "too much money chasing too few goods,” instead attributing the event to credit supply. For this reason, he argues, profit and vulnerability of extreme bull and bear positions have the ability to drives economies to the precipice of crisis.

Planting Seeds of Democracy in Myanmar

As Burmese citizens prepare to cast their vote in the October 2015 general election, the international community remains skeptical of Burma's capacity for democracy. Yet Tanvi Mani of Fair Observer contends the election does offer a unique opportunity to begin restoring the “rule of law” and address gross human rights violations with standards of normative justice.

Infographic: The Transition to Renewables

Fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewable energy sources are the major players in the global market of energy supply and demand—each with their advantages and drawbacks. The following infographic presents some of the most stark facts from our summer article, “Kicking the Oil Addiction: Fact & Fiction."

Follow the Zebra: An Interview with Philippe Brunot

Independent filmmaker Philippe Brunot talks with World Policy Journal about "Follow the Zebra," the first installment in a new film series about the lives of gem seekers around the world. Brunot expounds on his hopes for what audiences will take away from the film and the problematic politics of Tanzanian mining.

Syrians Caught Along the Turkish Border

While the Islamic State continues its Syrian campaign, many of the country’s citizens have fled to the Turkish border in hopes of escaping conflict. Syria Deeply shares the plight of these refugees, many of whom are without food, water, or other basic necessities.

The European Union in the Arctic

Despite efforts to increase its influence, the European Union is often excluded from major decision making on matters related to the Arctic. Duncan Depledge discusses the nuances that characterize the EU's relationship with the Arctic and how the Union can play a more effective role in its future.

Reintegrating Boko Haram

As Nigeria debates post-conflict reintegration options for Boko Haram, Tarila Marclint Ebiede examines the effect of the Niger Delta peace program on public opinion. He argues that the Nigerian government should develop a nonviolent alternative for Boko Haram, but that it must be community-based and context-specific.
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SLIDE SHOWS


Little Rabbit Be Good 


Chinese artist Wang Bo—known by his nom-de-plume Pi San —takes on the Chinese establishment with a daring graphic novelette.


Fleeing Burma 


Saiful Huq Omi documented the lives of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Britain in World Policy Journal's Summer 2011 issue.


Political Murals of Cuba 


Damaso Reyes takes a tour of political murals in Havana. Is the writing on the wall for the state monopoly on public advertising in Cuba?

Islam and Chechnya 


In our Spring 2012 issue, we featured a portfolio by Diana Markosian of the pervasiveness of Islam in everyday life in Chechnya.

        

Hunger: The Price of Rebellion

 

Philippine photojournalist Veejay Villafranca captures the hunger crisis on the island of Mindanao, a legacy of decades of secular and religious conflict.

 

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