Author: Staff Reports

EDMONDS, Washington — Ethnic Kurdish populations have resided in regions of Asia Minor and the Middle East for centuries. Various nations have forcibly drawn lines through their native territories as time has passed. After the First World War, the establishment of Turkish borders limited the possibly of a formal and cohesive Kurdish state. In modern times, there are an estimated 30 million ethnic Kurds worldwide. This makes the Kurdish people “one of the largest groups of people without […] a nation state” or land of their own. A large portion of the total Kurdish population resides in Turkey where Kurds…

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TACOMA, Washington — Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Ca., introduced H.Res.251 in March of 2021. This resolution reaffirms and recognizes the importance of relations between the United States and African countries. A total of 25 Democratic representatives currently co-sponsor H.Res.251 though it has not yet passed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Improving U.S.-Africa relations keeps the U.S. connected to one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. If H.Res.251 successfully signals that making Africa a political and economic priority to the American government is beneficial, both sides could gain from stronger partnerships…

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TACOMA, Washington — The Pulitzer Center is a nonprofit that gives freelance journalists and students a platform and funding to pursue specific projects. The organization focuses on global issues outside the spotlight in a new age of social media and the internet. Its mission is to promote quality journalism, education and public outreach. The Pulitzer Center The Pulitzer Center works to be the go-to home for information about the world’s current biggest crises. Journalists travel all around the world for stories focused on everything from public health to climate change. The Center connects small ambitious journalists focused on in-depth reporting…

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TACOMA, Washington — People from Hong Kong have had their rights encroached upon by China and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Hong Kong also faces multiple difficulties; 20% of its population lived in poverty before the pandemic. This challenges the standard of living in the region. The continuous violation of rights in Hong Kong has only further highlighted the challenges its residents face. In light of the situation of Hong Kong’s people, a solid pro-democracy presence surfaced in elections and in the minds of residents in the region. As a result, the Hong Kong Special Administrative…

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ST PAUL, Minnesota — As the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals’ 2030 deadline to end poverty draws nearer, the world’s most developed nations are scrambling to find ways to reduce poverty without going against their own self-interests. Various coalitions, alliances and other multilateral efforts have achieved some level of success, but their attempts have still fallen short. With a united fight against global poverty, however, there is potential for more significant feats in worldwide poverty reduction. The Skewed Distribution of Poverty The main problem these international organizations face is the distribution of poverty. According to data from the World Bank, an…

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — As is the case for many sub-Saharan African nations, Kenya has felt the effects of rampant poverty for generations. There have recently been many optimistic signs of relief as the current poverty rate is much lower than it was 15 years ago. However, poverty in Kenya still remains far too prevalent as millions of citizens do not have access to basic living essentials while millions more barely make enough to scrape by. Thankfully, there are several potential short-term aid to long-term solutions to Kenya’s poverty problem. The Poverty Situation Although Kenya still has a low standard of…

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Bainbridge Island, WA— Honduras has one of the highest rates of poverty in Central and South America, with two-fifths of the population working in agriculture. Most subsistence farmers use slash-and-burn techniques to clear rainforests, but after a few years of using an area of land, the soil quality and crop yields decrease dramatically. Mike Hands conducted research starting in 1986 and used Inga trees instead of conventional species for alley cropping. This was the only method that successfully sustained crop production. Inga alley cropping allows farmers to increase crop yields and income, as well as prevent flooding and provide an…

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — The recent introduction of 5G in Latin America creates opportunities for economic growth in the region across multiple industries. Latin America is incredibly geographically and culturally diverse, so economic growth opportunities are not homogenous across the region. However, there are promising possibilities for economic growth in Latin America brought about by 5G. Why 5G? 5G is the newest wireless network technology. It offers increased downloading speeds and can connect to more devices at once without hindering service. 5G also drastically reduces the time it takes for data to be transmitted between devices, cloud platforms and networks. The…

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FLINT, Michigan — Since 2015, there has been constant conflict in Yemen, a country to the south of Saudi Arabia. Between tensions with the Iranian-backed Houthis and Saudi-backed coalition forces, Yemen has become the country with the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. Yemen was already one of the lowest-income countries, but its underdeveloped status has only been exacerbated because of these conflicts. Because of this, half of the medical facilities throughout the country shut down, causing a decrease in access to healthcare in Yemen. The Conflict in Yemen Back in 2014, a group of Shiite rebels from the Houthi…

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DALLAS, Texas — The pandemic has harshly affected many countries throughout the world. However, some countries started out in worse shape than others; South Sudan is one of them. With a GDP of $1 billion in 2019, the country is not as stable or prosperous compared to others. This has been exacerbated by the decades of conflict before the establishment of a proper government in 2011. This conflict created problems of displacement and refugees. While the COVID-19 numbers have not been big, fewer than 12,500 cases, the issues that have occurred as a result of these cases are concerning. One…

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