On May 27, the National Democratic Institute hosted the 2014 HOPE Fellows for a presentation titled, “When Legislation is Not Enough: Addressing Gaps in Implementation of Kosovo’s Laws on Gender Equality.” Speaking directly to the topic of realizing gender equality in Kosovo, the Fellows shed light on four main issue areas: 1) implementing written law: 2) strengthening the rule of law; 3) combating social norms; and 4) producing realistic action plans. Their presentation made it clear that the underlying theme throughout all issue areas is the failure of the top-down approach.
On Thursday, May 29, the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC hosted a panel discussion formally titled, “Digital Diplomacy: Foreign Policy and the Future of Engagement,” featuring panel members from the digital outreach teams of the U.S. Department of State and the White House, as well as the media auteurs behind the viral “Texts from Hillary” blog and Trippi and Associates, a media firm that handles political outreach online.
China's censorship of the internet is widely known, but perhaps no day is more sensitive to the "Great Firewall" than June 4th. On this day 25 years ago, a nascent pro-democracy and government reform movement came to a swift and bloody halt in Tiananmen Square, and the Communist Party of China took steps to deeply entrench its place in Chinese government and society. Looking back, the images of the protests are not unfamiliar to us—beyond being some of the most iconic images of from the collapse of the Cold War, the images of hopeful and determined faces gathering in public squares have been repeated from Tunisia to Madrid, Cairo to Brasília. But looking ahead, while China faces much of the same problems of political corruption and economic inequality, the opportunities to recreate the mass protests of 1989 seem to grow more distant with each new term censored from internet search and each new effort toward the depoliticization of Chinese youth.
Separatists are causing deadly havoc in China, and the violence is on the rise. On May 6th, man attacked a train station in Guangzhou, placing a bomb and killing three travelers with his knife. It was reported that the explosion originated from a pile of luggage that was left between the exit of the station and the bus stop. The attack took place just as President Xi Jinping was ending a four-day tour of the region. "The battle to combat violence and terrorism will not allow a moment of carelessness," Xi said, classifying this incident with other recent attacks as terrorist attacks.
Welcome to Around the World! This week we announce our May/June 2014 edition on Philippine Resilience, examine the international law and politics surrounding Russia-Ukraine relations, and analyze the upcoming European Parliament elections.
My blog post for the final day of my Live Below the Line Challenge is a day late, not only because I wanted to write briefly about how I reacted when I could have as much food as I wanted again, but also because by the final day, I could barely focus. I found myself staring at my computer screen, listless and unable to focus on any single task. Multitasking had gone out the window by Day 4, but on Friday, even writing an email seemed a chore. My husband, who was doing the challenge along with me, did not have nearly as much trouble by the end of the week, which leads me to think my trouble was partly due to my low blood sugar.
Day 4 was filled with cravings. Several times throughout the day I found myself mindlessly opening the fridge looking for a snack to eat, only to remember that I did not have the room in my daily budget for one. I started craving sugar and juice. When I went out to run an errand, with the car windows down on a beautiful spring day, my trip past a row of restaurants did not help my cravings one bit. I was finding I couldn't keep my focus for very long, and focusing on some email by after dinner was nearly impossible.
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