Even when SpaceX is not launching Teslas into orbit, buying small towns in Texas, or synchronizing rocket booster landings, it continues to push boundaries. This launch, the first time that a private company has put American astronauts into orbit, marks a fundamental shift in the space industry.
On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, for almost nine minutes during his arrest. Floyd’s consequent death ignited an ongoing series of protests in the United States. These protests have brought to the surface a history of discrimination which has resonated in countries worldwide.
A shortage of organ donors, high medical procedure costs, and increasingly long transplant waitlists has led to the rise in medical tourism, which can include the purchase of black market organs and operations abroad. These practices often prey on refugees or the impoverished, who may feel that selling an organ can provide them with the financial means for a better quality of life. While theoretically this market has developed to meet a clear demand, exploitation of vulnerable populations is rampant, making it a challenging and complex system to address.
Mongolia, sandwiched between two authoritarian neighbors, has been hailed as an “oasis of democracy.” After reforming from a Soviet-style regime in 1990, however, the country now faces a crossroads over the challenges of balancing efficient leadership with democratic values. At stake in its parliamentary election on June 24 is whether reform is needed to break political deadlock in the capital Ulaanbaatar.
Humanitarian workers warned of the day the COVID-19 virus reached refugee camps. When two individuals tested positive on May 15th in the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh, home to over a million Rohingya refugees, their fears became a reality.
Many countries link their foreign policy and military strategy, though few are as interwoven as Iran’s. Informed by their fatalistic worldview and under constant threat from Western adversaries, their unique blend of foreign and military policy has successfully guarded against aggression, prevented regime change, and built powerful regional partnerships. Often misconstrued as antagonistic power plays, Iranian sabre rattling instead seeks to legitimize its deterrent capabilities and highlight Western weaknesses, especially political and diplomatic constraints.
“Obama Health Care Speech to Joint Session of Congress” by Lawrence Jacksonis licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. Today, 51% of the population in the United States is female, but women represent only 23.7% of elected officials in Congress. Even in the year 2020, the state of Vermont has never sent a woman to Congress. But … Continue reading Opening the Gates for Gender Representation in Politics
Much of the world has come to a standstill in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, now the question is whether democracy will also come to a grinding halt. In response, electoral systems are evaluating whether internet voting, or iVoting, is a viable alternative to traditional in-person polling places. Several major elections around the world … Continue reading Voting in a Post-Pandemic World: What is the Future of Democracy?
This Photo by English Stuff ESL is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC As many of us have been in quarantine or social distancing situations for months, we may find ourselves missing our favorite local restaurants. Small businesses, particularly in the food industry, have always provided opportunities for immigrants. Though immigrants make up only 13.5% of the … Continue reading Culinary Diplomacy and Cultural Soft Power: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Fork
Picture: Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un (left), with his sister Kim Yo-Jong Over the last few weeks, intelligence reports suggested that Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, had been absent from official duties. Notably, Kim was missing from public celebrations of his late grandfather Kim Il-sung’s birthday, a major national holiday, and raising speculation about … Continue reading Kim Jong-Un Has Health Problems. What Could That Mean for Succession?