Author: Staff Reports

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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LONDON, United Kingdom — Social Development International (SODEIT), established in 2005, is an NGO with a community-wide participatory approach based in Cameroon’s South-West Region. SODEIT has coordinated several national and international initiatives on empowering women in Cameroon as well as promoting health, education, livelihood and education of young girls. The Effect of Adolescent Pregnancy Women who give birth at an early age are usually more susceptible to a higher risk of complications and poverty. UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children report in 2016 showed that “Cameroon ranks 20th in the countries with the highest prevalence of child brides.” In fact,…

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TACOMA, WA — In a move of significant cultural and economic importance, the complete collection of King Tutankhamen’s treasures will once again be on display for the world. The newly created Grand Egyptian Museum will house the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. These will include the famous pharaoh’s belongings  when the museum opens in late 2021. The museum appears poised to have a major impact on the local economy. This comes on the heels of ongoing struggles for one of the country’s premier industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Tourism in Egypt During COVID-19 Tourism is…

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TACOMA, Washington — During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy coerced around 200,000 young women and girls into servitude. Under the Japanese military’s control, comfort women were ordered to serve multiple soldiers with sex every day. These women and girls were primarily Korean and Japanese, with the nonmajority originating from China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. The term ‘comfort women’ is a euphemism that refers to victims of Japanese “sexual slavery” during WWII.  The Japanese government, which long referred to comfort women as ‘prostitutes,’ has refused to recognize the crimes through legislation despite substantial evidence and…

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SACRAMENTO, California — As the U.S. and China’s relationship becomes increasingly defined by competing visions of the international order, areas of the globe set the stage for a contest for influence. Nowhere is this competition more apparent than in Southeast Asia (SEA). Despite recognizing the region’s importance in its competition with China, the United States has deployed a half-hearted strategy to achieve influence there. Lack of support for developing Asian infrastructure, a dire regional need that China has invested in, serves as a notable example. Supporting infrastructure development in SEA could be key to the U.S.’s strategy of competing with…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Mongolia is a nation settled between two powerful countries: China and Russia. Known for its rugged terrain and nomadic culture, Mongolia was able to avoid any transmission of COVID-19 cases for ten months. This, however, took a turn in the spring of 2021 with cases rising to numbers that had not yet been seen in the country. With a sudden spike in cases threatening Mongolia’s fragile economy, neighboring countries aided public health efforts in Mongolia by answering the Mongolian government’s call for vaccines. As a result, vaccinations in Mongolia began in earnest. COVID-19 and its Impact on…

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TACOMA, Washington — Kenya is recognized major destination of persons subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Though the causes and sustainment of human trafficking are varied, a potential explanation for high instances of trafficking in Kenya may be due to labor migration and development patterns and the susceptibility of people crossing borders being deceived by ‘employers.’ The Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2010 criminalized both sex and labor trafficking, with penalties of 15 years in prison and/or a fine of at least 5 million Kenyan Shillings ($49,120 USD). Since the…

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CHICAGO, Illinois — South Africa is the most discussed African country in the fight against COVID-19. While Africa has mostly stayed out of pandemic headlines relative to other regions, South Africa is an exception. The country has been the source of a new variant of the virus and has had the most cases out of all African countries. South Africa’s issues with COVID-19 can be attributed to its relatively high population, interconnectedness and urbanization. The country has begun its campaign to vaccinate the South African population. The vaccine rollout in South Africa has made the country one of the leading…

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SANTA CLARA, California — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) consists of 190 countries that work together to financially secure nations around the world. As detailed in a recent proposal, the IMF may issue $650 billion in reserve funds that aim to provide developing countries with assistance buying vaccines, expanding relief programs and paying off nations’ debts. According to the administrator of the United Nations Development Program Achim Steiner, IMF’s relief plan would qualify as “potentially the largest capital allocation since the end of World War II.” Why the World Needs IMF’s Relief Plan As of April 2021, 81% of the…

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TACOMA, Washington — On January 13, 2020, President Biden announced Samantha Power as his nominee for chief administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.) Simultaneously, he elevated the position to a member of the White House National Security Council, demonstrating a strong commitment to international development. With more than $20 billion spent in 2019, the efforts of USAID are crucial for combating poverty in the 134 countries that USAID invests in. Any U.S. effort to fight global poverty starts with USAID. The announcement of Biden’s USAID nominee has been met with praise and optimism. Background of Samantha…

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