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Florida becomes 36th state to legalize gay marriage, and Jeb Bush is ‘eh’ about it

Today marks another triumph in the movement for marriage equality, as Florida joins the ranks of states to allow same-sex couples to marry. As of today, 70 percent of Americans…

Cuban political asylee calls Obama’s policy ‘smartest’ approach to Cuba

The United States dissolved diplomatic ties with the Republic of Cuba in 1961, enforcing a crippling and widespread economic embargo. President Obama reversed this policy on December 17. In an…

25 years later: Why the U.S. won’t adopt the child rights treaty

This year on the International Day of the Child — appropriately celebrated on Nov. 20 — we will mark the 25th anniversary of the Conventions on the Rights of…

Ebola hysteria and the stigmatization of African migrants

Mass media coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and now in the United States, has left Americans just short of hysterics. In a culture that has an appetite…

Migrant fatalities on the rise globally: It’s time for a solution

“Go back to where you came from,” is the familiar expression of the anti-immigration right. This phrase is heard much too often in America in concerns with Mexican and Central…

What you need to know about South Sudan’s bloody civil war

South Sudan became the world's newest state in 2011, when it gained independence from Sudan after a 22-year civil war. Since the get-go the fledgling country has struggled with unity…

Campaign for raising minimum wage finally gaining momentum

Despite my complete agreement on the increase of the minimum wage, I couldn’t help but still be skeptical of the cause. I, like many other Americans, believe that $15 is…

Men take lead in two major women’s rights issues in recent weeks

Women’s rights are heavily centered on the idea of bodily rights. Not often does the government tell men what to do with their bodies — that is an issue for…

Media attention finally focuses on Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis

U.S. public interest has shifted between Iraq and Ferguson, Mo. these past two weeks. There was an occasional opportunity to see news on the Gaza Strip, Ebola, or the upcoming…

7 questions about what’s happening in Iraq you were too embarrassed to ask

Last week, the U.S. authorized and carried out airstrikes in Iraq for the first time since troops withdrew from the country in 2011. The situation is changing by the minute,…

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