Author: Staff Reports

TAMPA, Florida — Throughout the world, there exists a trend of the feminization of poverty. Women and children are disproportionally impoverished. This issue is so significant that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held a session in 2002 with a primary theme of eradicating poverty through the empowerment of women. Brazil had more than 212 million inhabitants in 2019, 50.86% of which are women in a country where poverty is feminized. Race also plays a role in whether people are below or above the poverty line. However, programs are implementing innovative ways to decrease the feminization of…

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Inequality, poverty and violence have displaced thousands of people in Central America in the last decade. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated poverty, one of the root causes of such displacement. This has spurred efforts from global agencies and receiving countries to facilitate recovery through new initiatives in Central America. In June 2021, USAID announced several initiatives in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, totaling up to $175 million in foreign aid. Migration Motivations These new initiatives in Central America address long-standing issues. As of 2020, the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported that there are 470,00 refugees and…

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TACOMA, Washington — Governments must work at a global level to contain the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the safety of every country and its population. Because of this, it is vitally important to maintain international support for countries lacking the resources to combat the virus. Thankfully, Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA-37] has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would support one such region’s fight against COVID-19. H.Res.245, which was introduced in March, calls for “renewed, decisive, and robust international collaboration and coordination to fight COVID-19 across Africa.” The proposed bill includes measures that would work to…

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TACOMA, Washington — On March 25, 2021, Sen. Dick Durbin [D-IL] introduced bill S.1022: Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2021. This bill has bipartisan support from Sen. John Boozman [R-AR], Sen. James Inhofe [R-OK], Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ] and Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]. The purpose of this bill is to increase U.S. exports to Africa by 200%, which would create jobs in the U.S. while developing more ties between Africa and the global economy. Action in the US Senate Sen. Durbin comments that consumers in Africa have a high demand for American goods. He believes…

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TACOMA, Washington — Recently, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power appeared before Congress to justify President Biden’s proposed International Affairs Budget. Specifically, both figures addressed the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to defend the Administration’s investment in international aid and diplomacy. The Biden Administration requested $63.6 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of State and USAID for the 2022 Fiscal Year (FY2022). The request proposes a $6.3 billion, or 11%, increase in international affairs spending. The proposal prioritizes U.S. investment…

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Plano, Texas — The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a call by indigenous Australian groups for a “first nations voice” in the Australian Constitution and the establishment of a “Makarrata Commission” to oversee agreements between the Australian government and those groups. While those measures have yet to come to pass, many groups have continued to echo the call for equality set forth in the statement, including the internationally renowned rock band, Midnight Oil. The Healthcare Status of Indigenous Australians By changing the preamble of the Australian Constitution to recognize indigenous groups, the Uluru Statement aims to provide recognition of…

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TACOMA, Washington — The United States and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, recently partnered to host the “One World Protected” event. The event aimed to launch a new campaign to raise $2 billion in support of the global fight against COVID-19. “One World Protected” supports the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a “financing instrument” that aims to provide COVID-19 vaccine access to 92 low-and-middle-income countries. The new fundraising effort comes at a critical time for Gavi. CEO Seth Berkley recently indicated that the global supply of COVID-19 vaccinations is “incredibly tight.” “One World Protected” and Global COVAX Funding U.S. Secretary of…

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TACOMA, Washington — Life for people with autism spectrum disorder can be challenging, especially when they are deprived of proper educational resources, tools and support. Today, Turkish-based NGOs are emphasizing the struggles of individuals with ASD and their families. The NGOs are calling on the government to pass more extensive and protective legislation for those in need. Background on Autism Spectrum Disorder The World Health Organization estimates that approximately one in 160 children has some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, as a result of fewer studies in some parts of the world, the prevalence rate of autism spectrum…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The COVID–19 pandemic has severely impacted the country of Azerbaijan for over the past year. From January 3, 2020, to July 9, 2021, there have been 336,788 registered cases of COVID-19 and 4,980 deaths in Azerbaijan reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). As of July 4, 2021, the country had distributed a total of 3,792,227 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This accounts for more than 35% of the country’s population. The vaccination program in Azerbaijan started with Chinese CoronaVac vaccine, but in later stages, the government decided to incorporate Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine and the…

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TACOMA, Washington — Following years of political turmoil, a mysterious chemical explosion and an ongoing pandemic, the crisis in Lebanon continues to worsen. The United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs is responsible for the legislation regarding foreign assistance. This encompasses developing assistance, national security developments and peacekeeping. Members of the committee stepped up to write and sign a letter advocating for U.S. officials to offer increased assistance for the crisis in Lebanon. The Letter In Congressman Gregory Meeks’s letter, he expressed concern about the worsening economic and political crisis in Lebanon. A total of 24 other members…

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