Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

Nestled in the Silicon Valley is an innovative, venture capital investor called 500 Startups. By investing in talented entrepreneurs, 500 Startups impacts our world by helping start-ups create successful companies, allowing foreign markets to thrive. More than half of the invested companies are located outside the United States, including countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, China, Egypt, South Korea and Lebanon. 500 Startups in Vietnam 500 Startups focuses on investing in emerging markets that struggle with poverty and poor living conditions in order to achieve the greatest amount of positive change. One example of how 500 Startups impacts our…

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CANBERRA, Australia — According to the Australian government’s 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework, the mental health crisis among Indigenous Australians has led to higher levels of morbidity and mortality in representatives of this population than in non-Indigenous Australians. Reasons for the Mental Health Crisis Among Indigenous Australians Factors like inequality, discrimination and racism cause poor physical and mental health, self-harm and suicide in Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. While Indigenous populations battle ongoing, widespread discrimination, they also fight to maintain their strong sense of community and preserve their cultural and artistic traditions. This conflict has lead…

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SEATTLE — The United States House of Representatives’ Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Rep. Katherine Clark, Ranking Members Nita Lowey and Eliot Engel, Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Lois Frankel introduced bill H.R.7228 on December 10, 2018, the day of International Human Rights and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As is stated in the bill, it is officially named the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act of 2018 and it aims to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include in the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices a…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Between 2014 and 2015, the Ebola virus swept across Western Africa, killing more than 11,000 people. For Liberia, surviving such a blow to the country’s health was only the first hurdle to overcome. The virus’s impact on Liberia’s education system has been difficult to repair. By partnering with organizations such as UNICEF, the Global Partnership for Education, and the Ebola Restoration and Recovery Fund, education in Liberia after Ebola is steadily improving. During the Outbreak More than 37 percent of Ebola cases in Western Africa occurred in Liberia. As Ebola is highly contagious, Liberia closed all schools across…

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In 2018, American politics seemed to be fraught with dissonance and a lack of cooperation between parties in Washington. In the midst of all of this apparent chaos, hundreds of congress members and senators fought for legislation that would have a massive impact on downsizing global poverty in the coming years. With a new Congress in session and at the beginning of a new year, it is important to take a look at the five major of anti-poverty bills passed in 2018. The BUILD Act of 2018 Signed into law on October 3 and sponsored by Bob Corker [R-TN], Chris…

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SEATTLE — The Global Food Security Reauthorization Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 27, 2018, by the Committee on Foreign Affairs Representative Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey and Betty McCollum of Minnesota. Senators Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania were the sponsors of this bill. On April 17, 2018, the Committee on Foreign Affairs unanimously agreed to amend the act. The act passed in the House unanimously and without objection in the Senate. Its public law number is 115-266 as of its inaction. Meaning of the Law The law was signed into…

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SEATTLE, Washignton — O Jogo Bonito. The Beautiful Game. Soccer. Whatever the moniker and wherever it is played, football (or in America, soccer) is a world sport that holds more than three billion hearts. Its main governing body, FIFA (Federal International Football Association), hosts the quadrennial World Cup, which allows 32 qualifying nations across the globe to compete in one host country for a coveted trophy and the distinguished honor of being the champion team for the next four years. However, the excitement of commercialized football affects developing nations in a negative way. The Prestige of Hosting the FIFA World Cup…

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SEATTLE — World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2018 spotlights major trends, causes and developments of humanitarian crises. This report details case studies on conflict, protracted crises, attacks on health care and education, water and the strengthening of local action via country-based pooled funds. Protracted crises are multiplying and increasing in duration. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), between 2005 and 2017 the length of crises with an interagency need increased from four to seven years. The number of crises receiving international aid rose from 16 to 30. UNOCHA detailed that the majority of…

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XINJIANG, China — Since the mid-2018, countless reports of Muslim Uighurs, Turkic ethnicity who live in East and Central Asia, being held in concentration camps in China have surfaced in the international community. In August 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Council confronted China and demanded an answer to how many people were being detained in concentration camps in the town of Xinjiang. China repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming that no such camps exist. The Chinese Concentration Camps The Chinese concentration camps are an extension of existing efforts to contain cultural and religious attitudes that may pose a threat to unity. Arrests have increased by over…

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MOSCOW, Russia — Starting a business in a modern-day Russia today requires navigating arduous geopolitics and market dynamics. Although the two factors are intertwined in business development within Russia, the application for microcredit in Russia chiefly concerns market dynamics. Microcredit in Russia is a catch-all solution to the issue of bringing economic freedom to its business owners and consumers. Russian Economy As of 2016,  GDP per capita for Russian citizens lies just above $10,700 (measured in purchasing power parity). This same figure for the average United States citizen is over $59,500. The comparison between economic freedom and GDP per capita…

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