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SEATTLE, Washington — During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military released a toxin called Agent Orange over Vietnam. Vietnam Veterans of America has been raising awareness about the issue by holding town halls across the United States. As for Vietnamese people affected by Agent Orange, their plight is not documented nearly as well. “Agent Orange has affected 3 million Vietnamese people.” A minimum of 150,000 of those affected are children. Infants with birth defects from Agent Orange continue to be born in Vietnam today. Fortunately, organizations like Shimizu and USAID are helping Vietnamese Agent Orange victims. Long Term Health Effects There were approximately…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Junior Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced the Promoting Security and Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act of 2019 (S. 2132) in July 2019. It would require the Palestinian Liberation Organization to pay American citizens for damages due to terrorism in Israel. Since then, the bill has been scheduled for full consideration by the entire Senate. However, the bill is not without controversy. Critics of the bill argue it undermines PLO’s ability to represent the Palestinian people; therefore, it will stifle any Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act S. 2132 revises the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA), which…

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SEATTLE, Washington — In June 2019, “there were 525 million internet users in Africa,” which is approximately 40 percent of the African population. However, the amount of users fluctuates from country to country. At least eight million people in Africa still lack internet access. BRCK is providing internet access in Africa to help fight poverty. Internet in Africa Only four out of 10 Africans have access to the internet. The Alliance for Affordable Internet “defines affordability as 1GB of broadband data costing no more than 2 percent of the average monthly income.” However, the cost of 1GB across Africa can be anywhere…

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SEATTLE, Washington — As the years go on, more and more nations are becoming industrialized.  While rapid urbanization can be a good thing for developing countries in terms of reducing poverty, it also leads to a sharp rise in the number of diabetes cases. In response to this trend, many organizations are stepping up in the fight against diabetes. Diabetes and Poverty: The Facts There are two different types of diabetes. Characteristics of type 1 diabetes are the body’s complete inability to create insulin. Type 2 diabetes is marked by the body not positively responding to insulin and eventually not being able to…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Although it is a commonly held belief that piracy was only prevalent in the past, the reality is that piracy, defined as any armed robbery at sea, has been a chronic problem in many parts of the world. Ship-owners, afraid their vessels will be held up at port during an investigation, contribute to the drastic underreporting of piracy crimes. Petro-Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Today, modern piracy in West African waters is on the rise. This is due to its surrounding countries’ poor economic conditions, political corruption, weak law enforcement and high unemployment. Most of all,…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Enrique Iglesias is a 44-year-old Spanish singer frequently nicknamed the “Latin King of Pop.” He is well known for his songs “Hero,” “I like it” and “Bailando.” The singer won a Grammy award for “Bailando” in 2014. However, Iglesias should be known for more than his musical work as he has been a supporter of many charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, City of Hope, Live Earth, The Salvation Army and the Special Olympics. Iglesias has notably supported causes to help children globally with the organization Save the Children. This article will highlight the ways Enrique Iglesias’…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Water insecurity in the Middle East has been one of the triggers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1967. Millions of people are at risk due to the significant natural, socio-economic and political developments directly affecting the supply and demand of water in the region. Unequal Distribution The Middle East North Africa (MENA) region is the most water-scarce region in the world. Its water demand surpasses the natural amount of water available by nearly 20 percent. Most water resources in the region are shared between two or more states. Water instability is a shared national security concern due…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Freddie Mercury is a name almost all people of all generations know. If it does not ring a bell, the band Queen certainly will. Most know the story of the flamboyant rock star born with four supernumerary incisors that give him his incredible vocal range, but few know the story of Freddie Mercury the refugee. The Early Life of Freddie Mercury On September 5, 1946, Farrokh Bulsara was born in Stone Town, Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer, who were Parses from India, moved to Zanzibar shortly after being married so Bomi could continue his work as…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The sitcom format has enthralled audiences since its inception and launched the careers of a plethora of celebrities. However, despite their comedic demeanor, many sitcom stars have used their platform to support, highlight and even found nonprofits dedicated to ending global poverty. This article focuses on five sitcom stars fighting global poverty. 5 Sitcom Stars Fighting Global Poverty Ashton Kutcher: Beginning his career on “That 70’s Show,” Kutcher has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood, alongside a successful career as a venture capitalist. However, Kutcher deserves credit beyond his impressive resume. He has continuously fought…

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CURACAO — Curacao is an autonomous territory in the Caribbean with a population of almost 150,000 people. It is under the rule of the Netherlands and was previously part of the Netherlands Antilles. The island nation’s economy relies on tourism, service, petroleum refineries and communication with at least one foreign contract expiring in 2019. Recent developments have put Curacao in a more fortuitous position and have gained foreign interest in developing current or new sectors in the country. The country also has internal plans in regards to developing Curacao’s business sector. Advantages for American Business Interest Curacao’s current geographical position…

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