Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The Global Citizen Festival is an annual event that is part of a movement to end extreme poverty. Since 2012, contributors who have performed acts of charity on the Global Citizen’s website, like watching videos and signing petitions, are entered in a lottery-style competition to win a chance to attend the festival. The pledges at the Global Citizen Festival, Mandela 100, reached a record high as the 2018 festival brought its largest contingency of heads of state, dignitaries, artists and thousands of global citizens to celebrate the centenary of political leader and philanthropist Nelson Mandela. Each…

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LIMA, Peru — Millions of people are affected by crisis and conflict across the globe every day. These issues are currently affecting the South American country of Venezuela. Displacement, shortages and overcrowding are only some of the problems that have arisen because of the Venezuelan refugee crisis. With global issues unraveling daily, some are not fully aware of the magnitude of this issue. As a special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie traveled to Peru, a country heavily affected by high volume refugee traffic, to spotlight the Venezuelan refugee crisis. Venezuelan Refugee Crisis The Venezuelan Refugee…

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WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was forced to furlough 3,100 staff members after the United States government closed its doors on December 22, 2018. The remaining 1,600 USAID employees were only exempt from the furlough because they are not paid through by the same means or their jobs are considered essential “for the protection of life and property or necessary to carry out the president’s constitutional duties.” Needless to say, the U.S. government shutdown is going to have a major effect on government aid around the world. Budget Concerns The unpredictability of budget battles and negotiations reduces…

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SEATTLE — The 2018 United States midterm elections that saw people voting for senate, congress and governors, among others, were historic. Over 47 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, which marks the highest percentage in the last 50 years of midterm elections. The last time these many people voted in midterm elections was in 1966 when 49 percent of eligible voters turned out for the election. While there are many reasons for such a high voter turnout, one thing that sometimes gets lost is what are the people actually voting for. For instance, what is a Senator? In this article,…

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SEATTLE — 50 Cent is a well-known rapper from the United States who has been successful with his music and many partnerships he has made with various companies. His real name is Curtis Jackson and he started his life in New York, falling in and out of trouble until he found rapping. His first real album was produced by Eminem and Dr.Dre, two famous rappers and producers, and it was sold in over nine million units. He went on to create more albums and partner with Vitamin Water and SMS Audio. He also landed a few movie roles like Escape…

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LIMA, Peru — There has been substantial progress made in South American country of Peru in regards to improving the living conditions of the citizens. There is still more work that needs to be done, especially in increasing the health care workforce and closing the housing gap. While poverty has increased in the first half of 2018, for the first time since 2001, the employment rate, Peru’s GDP and the net enrollment rate have all increased. In this article, the top 10 facts about living conditions in Peru are presented. Top 10 Facts About Living Conditions in Peru The employment…

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SEATTLE — In war-torn Mosul, gunfire, airstrikes and violence have become part of everyday life since the Iraqi military fell to the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014. While Iraqi government forces, alongside American battle aid, have regained control of Mosul, the effects of Islamic rule still permeate life. Some are left without food and water, and many are facing mental health issues as they try to cope with the trauma of living under the violent ISIS regime. Loss of family members, injuries from crossfire and building collapses and erratic violence has led to a mental health crisis in Mosul.  Mental Health and Psychological Support…

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SEATTLE — According to the U.N., the world population is more than seven billion, and it is expected to reach more than nine billion by 2050. With a vast majority of the population migrating to urban areas, cities are forced to expand, straining the rural land space and food production. Steven Dring, a co-founder of Growing Underground, believes poor topsoil management and the percentage of freshwater used in industrial agriculture are compounding matters. Dring feels that unless farmers start replenishing the soil’s nutrients, the lifespan of the world’s topsoil is only 80 to 120 years. A solution to these problems…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Since 1990, one billion people have been raised from poverty largely due to the increase of trade in developing countries. Trade has helped to increase growth and enable developing self-sustainability. Currently, other African countries purchase only five percent of Africa’s imported food. This is in part due to trade barriers between regions. Breaking down these barriers would improving food security and increase incomes for poor farmers. Trade and Poverty Trading is difficult for the rural poor because they lack access to modern seeds or fertilizers to boost their yield. Additionally, they often can’t afford the tariffs imposed on…

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With its epicenter just ten miles away, a large earthquake shook the city of Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province at 8:00 pm local time on Sunday, November 25. The quake reached a 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale, and tremors were felt as far away as Baghdad. A Rapid Response Leading the earthquake response in Kermanshah is the Iranian Red Crescent Society (ICRS), an affiliate of the Red Cross. According to the IRCS, only 36 of the 729 people injured required hospital care. The majority of injuries were caused by the panicked behavior of residents as they fled to…

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