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  • Zika on Board: Disease, Sex, & Olympics in Brazil

    Zika on Board: Disease, Sex, & Olympics in Brazil

    Brazil is facing an upward battle, all while maintaining a brave face as it forges ahead with the 2016 Olympics games in August. The country is taking action to combat the outbreak, but with the added pressure of the games, there will be a much more critical spotlight directed at the country than originally anticipated.

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  • Strategically Important Allies: Obama Prowls Greater Influence and Monetary Benefits While Working with Cuba

    Strategically Important Allies: Obama Prowls Greater Influence and Monetary Benefits While Working with Cuba

    Creating good relations with Cuba will help the U.S. engage more in dialogue with the rest of Latin America; particularly Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela. Many Latin American countries have urged the United States to include Cuba in its talks and summits

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  • Boom & Bust: A Tale of Socialist Divergence

    Boom & Bust: A Tale of Socialist Divergence

    In the past 25 years, Cuba and Venezuela have received a lot of attention for their crony relationship, but what were once the bastions of Latin American socialism have seen their paths diverge drastically in recent years, and the results have largely been unsurprising. Cuba’s anemic economy is set to grow with the new foreign investment expected as a result of a more liberal trade policies with the United States and Europe.

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  • Lessons Learned & Actions Taken: What is the WHO up to with Zika?

    Lessons Learned & Actions Taken: What is the WHO up to with Zika?

    To shed light on the steps that the WHO is taking is taking in response to the current Zika virus outbreak we must first understand the mistakes we made in the recent past and the enemy that we are facing.

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  • Space Shuttle Columbia - Photo Credit: NASA

    Pilot Edition

    In this Pilot Edition of Freedom Observatory our contributors address the Trans Pacific Partnership, risks for emerging markets in 2016, e-waste globally, and anti-corruption initiatives in China.

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  • Stock Exchange By Katrina.Tuliao, via Wikimedia Commons

    Africa, China, & Emerging Markets: It’ll be a Risky 2016

    The impact of rising interest rates after an unprecedented period of cheap money allowed easy borrowing for emerging markets, declining stocks and currencies, rock-bottom commodity prices, and the lack of demand in China are the factors driving under-performance this year.

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  • Agbogbloshie, Ghana By Lantus (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

    Refuse, Regret, Responding

    As electronics like have become more of a staple in everyday life not only in economic North, but worldwide, the amount of e-waste has reached levels that have caused casual observers to take notice.

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  • The city of Kilamba
By Santa Martha (via Wikimedia Commons)

    Sustainable African Cities: Inclusivity & Democracy in Town Planning

    As rapid urbanization has become the status quo in just about every corner of the globe, the pressures on city regions to provide for and protect their populations has intensified, and narratives of urban change, catastrophe, and crisis become commonplace.

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  • By 东方 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    The Politics Behind China’s Anti-Corruption Drive

    Whenever corruption has seeped into a dynasty, be it the Han (220 AD) – as vividly detailed in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms – or the Qing (1911) with its scheming mandarins, the ruling regime lost the mandate of heaven and fell. This not merely a colourful aside: historical memory deeply informs the thinking of the Chinese Communist Party.

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  • A Rwandan soldier, near a refugee camp full of displaced residents at Bangui M'Poko International Airport, CARBy SSgt Ryan Crane [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    A Precarious Post-Election Peace

    While the country’s history of coups have led to speculation about the efficacy of the recently held elections, the efforts made by the anti-Big Man interim government of Samba-Panza has made significant strides to include both the Muslim minority and reorganize the national forces to make them more effective.

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