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China’s Secret Genocide

“Never again” came sooner than expected. Kidnapped by their oppressive government, religious minorities are carted from their homes and held inside political prisons, where they are indoctrinated, tortured, raped, and experimented on. This is not Nazi Germany. This is Communist China, where up to 2 million Muslims currently reside inside concentration camps, the largest mass […]

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Khashoggi Killing Adds New Dimension to Yemen War — and New Opportunity for United States

Seventy years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human rights that enshrined the idea that every person has fundamental rights regardless of who they are or where they live. Yet since 2016, a civil war in Yemen has escalated into the largest manmade humanitarian crisis in modern memory. The world should […]

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The Surveilled

Photo From: Bahai.org Following the attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, and Brussels, many western nations have exhibited growing support for surveillance in neighborhoods with large Muslim populations. The struggle between privacy and security continues to intensify as terrorist attacks become more frequent across the globe. Many argue that as a protection against domestic terrorism, governments […]

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Civil Rights Global Policy Studies & International Security Health & Social Policy

Trump Presidency Would Exacerbate Muslim Oppression Worldwide

Photo: BBC Recently, Mr. Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I think Islam hates us.” This sentiment isn’t surprising given Trump’s previous prescriptions for dealing with Islamic terrorism which include “taking out” their families and torture. Regarding torture, he’s written, “nothing should be taken off the table when American lives are at stake…The enemy is cutting […]

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Black Lives Matter In Austin Too: Progressivism and its Shortcomings in the Texas Capital

On Monday, February 8, 2016, 17 year old David Joseph was shot and killed by a police officer in Northeast Austin.  Police say the unarmed teen was naked and acted in an aggressive manner when he charged at Officer Geoffrey Freeman. Austin previously encountered police violence against communities of color in the 2013 shooting death […]

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The Militarization of Peace in Colombia Shows A Need for Change in US Foreign Policy

Third and final in a series by Marcelle Cohen (LBJ School student in Master of Global Policy Studies) covering her internship at La Allianza Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz. “I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” — George W. Bush, 43rd President of the […]

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Black history should be a year-round lesson: Reflections on Julian Bond’s LBJ Speech

Julian Bond. Photo: Courtesy Virginia Film Festival, 2012 Since 1996, the Barbara Jordan Forum has been a means of honoring its namesake, a celebrated Texas politician and a beloved former LBJ professor. As a kick-off to this year’s program back in February, civil rights activist Julian Bond delivered a keynote address to a packed auditorium […]

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China Should End, Not Ease, the One-Child Policy

China’s announcement last week that it would “ease” its one-child policy received significant attention from the American media. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will now allow couples to have two children if either parent is an only child. Tweaking a policy that by definition violates human rights, however, deserves little praise. Amending the one-child policy […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security

We Should Have Seen This Coming

  How is it possible that in 2011 the world failed prevent famine in the Horn of Africa? The signs of disaster were present: two years of drought, no food storage, political instability, civil war and banned foreign assistance, but no one acted until it was too late.   Now, three months later, thousands of people […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security

Redefining Stability in Light of 9/11 and the Arab Spring

  Reflecting on September 11 has become a sort of tradition over the past 10 years, an opportunity to consider how American policy and society has transformed since this shocking event which has become a sort of landmark in U.S. history.  I suggest that, on this 10-year anniversary and in light of the so-called Arab Spring, we […]