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World Policy Newsletter: Week of July 31st

From the Kenyan LGBTQ movement to an escalating migrant crises in France, we address a host of critical global issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

Venezuela on the Backburner

The U.S. and Venezuela have not exercised full, senior-level diplomatic relations since 2008, leading one-time regional rivals to become estranged adversaries. Micheal McCarthy of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University hypothesizes that as U.S.-Cuban relations normalize, a reconciliation between Caracas and Washington may lie ahead.

Besieged and Ignored: Gaza One Year Later

According to a United Nations report, the Gaza Strip will be unlivable by the year 2020. Katherine Dajani examines the egregious humanitarian crisis gripping the region on the one year anniversary of Israel’s 2014 military invasion.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 26: To Deal or Not to Deal

On today's podcast, Gary Sick, former National Security Council member under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan, argues that a world without an Iranian nuclear deal is far more dangerous than the alternative.

Engage to Escape: Rural Education in Southern China

Education reform has arrived in the rural villages of China's south, and the new state education, with its emphasis on modern soft skills, is rapidly replacing traditional skills and practices. World Policy Journal's Westerly Gorayeb reports from A Zhuokangni on how engaging with standardized education may in fact help disenfranchised minorities find their voice.

Unlocking Ebola's Secrets: Part One

Once declared an Ebola-free zone, Liberia has witnessed a devastating resurgence of the disease since June. Kate Thomas of Ebola Deeply interviews scientists working to better understand and combat the highly mutational virus through genome sequencing.

Faces of Calais: Migrant Life in France

The French town of Calais is home to thousands of impoverished migrants from Africa and the Middle East, many of whom attempted to reach the U.K. through the Channel Tunnel on July 28. Phil Le Gal, a French photographer, documents the life of migrants living in Calais' largest camp, called the "New Jungle."

Unpopular Syrian Overtures to Israel

Since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began, many questions have emerged about Syria's future relationship with Israel. Syria Deeply’s Omar Abdullah talks to many Syrians who view the proposal to improve ties as controversial.

Indigenous Television & Presentation of Culture

Located in the Canadian Arctic, IsumaTV works to connect indigenous media networks across the world through an array of online videos. Will Becker examines how IsumaTV excels at capturing the indigenous experience and effectively reaching the communities so often isolated by mainstream media.

A Beginner's Guide to Cameroon

In his Summer 2015 feature article, "Cameroon: Africa's Pivot," Thierry Vircoulon discusses Cameroon's crucial role as a bridge between West and Central Africa. For readers who are unfamiliar with this African state, World Policy Journal's Nellie Peyton provides an easy-to-read overview of Cameroon's politics, history, economy, and current events.

LGBT Rights in Kenya: A Conversation with David Kuria

Despite some recent gains in the struggle for equality by Kenyan LGBT activists, same-sex relations remain criminalized in Kenya and transgender persons lack legal recognition. In anticipation of Barack Obama's first presidential visit to his father's birthplace, WPI's Patrick Kurth spoke with leading advocate David Kuria about the nuances of Kenya's fight for civil rights.

Seven Technologies That Will Save the Earth

As environmentalist Lester Brown noted in our Summer issue, a global transition to renewable energy will fundamentally change how humanity views and interacts with nature. Eunsun Cho details the development of several green technologies, from electrofuels to vertical farming, which will help create a symbiotic relationship between people and their planet.

A Conversation With John F. Kerry

Last Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, to offer a clear and articulate defense of the Iran nuclear deal. Click to read a full transcript of their conversation.

Diplomacy is the Only Solution for Yemen

After months of Saudi-led air strikes and poorly observed ceasefires, Yemen’s citizens and infrastructure are in a sorry state. Fair Observer’s Ariela Gross contends that the only viable alternative is for the international community to bring the warring parties back to the negotiating table.

Cuban Athletes' Closing Window for Defection

Over the weekend, half of the Cuban men's field hockey abandoned their country along with their teammates at the Pan American Games in Toronto. While the flight of Cuban athletes to the U.S. during international sporting events is nothing new, Brendan Krisel looks into the recent rise in defections and how they correspond to likely changes in immigration policy between the two countries.

Big Question: Anti-Semitism in Europe

From the 2014 shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels to the 2015 terrorist attack on the kosher supermarket in Paris, anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe. Following Aliza Goldberg’s exploration of Turkey and the Czech Republic’s different approaches toward their respective Jewish minorities in our Summer issue, we asked members of the Jewish community across Europe how safe they feel in their own countries.

The Moroccan Stigma Around Sexual Health

While the Moroccan government has begun to provide sex education in schools, sexual assault and illegal abortions are still commonplace amongst the university demographic. Ida Sophie Winter suggests that social stigma is at the root of this issue, and argues that an effective solution must reconcile cultural norms with effective sexual education.

World Policy Newsletter: Week of July 24th

From the conservative critique of the Iran Deal to escalating human rights abuses in Egypt, we address a host of critical global issues in World Policy's weekly newsletter. Click through and subscribe today!

WPJ Conversation: Ravi Krishnani & Indu Vashist

World Policy Journal's Westerly Gorayeb joins reporter Ravi Krishnani of Global Voices and activist Indu Vashist of the Internet Democracy Project to discuss how the Internet shapes democracy in India. Ravi Krishnani's article, "Indian Women: No Friends Online," is featured in the Summer 2015 issue of World Policy Journal.

Protests Demand End to Rebels’ Rule

In Syria, rebel forces have liberated cities from President Bashar al Assad's control—only to establish rebel-controlled military occupation in those same areas. Syria Deeply reports from Idlib on the fight to organize a civilian government with help from local activists, regional leaders, and international organizations.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 25: Greek Confidence & Grexit

On today's podcast, Peter Atwater returns to World Policy On Air to explain how lacking confidence in the Greek economy among Greeks and EU member states alike will make a "Grexit" from the eurozone a self-fulfilling prophecy.

G.O.P. Resistance to Iran Deal

Citing the brutality and extremism of the Islamic Republic, Washington conservatives are determined to stop the Iranian nuclear deal from taking effect. Ellen Lightfoot argues this is a gross miscalculation because it undermines Iran's struggling liberal base, which could help deter the precarious ambitions of Tehran's hardliners.

China: Boom and Crash

Though heavily reliant on exports and real investment, the Chinese economy has seen exceptional growth in the last three decades. Yet both of these vehicles of expansion are now slowing. James H. Nolt argues China may be unable to avoid the consequences of a major asset crash.

Timeline: Hindu Nationalism in India

The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party’s landslide victory in the 2014 elections has precipitated a revival of Hindutva, or Hindu nationalism, in the world’s largest democracy. In this interactive timeline, Brendan Krisel traces the history of the BJP, connecting their violent origins with the present wave of resurgent attacks against Indian Muslims.

Mapping Xi Jinping’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign continues to surprise the world, targeting an unusually high number of senior officials in the Chinese Communist Party. In the wake of the life imprisonment of Zhou Yongkang, China's former security chief, World Policy Journal’s Eunsun Cho maps out the various connections between the campaign's targets.
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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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