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June 20, 2018

South Africa
South African Court Delivers Blow to Religious Defense of Hate Speech

Section nine of South Africa’s constitution guarantees equal rights to all South Africans and outlaws discrimination, including that based on ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual preference. Pursuant to that provision, in 2000 Parliament passed the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) in 2000. In turn, PEPUDA led to the creation of Equality Courts to adjudicate infringements of equality such as unfair discrimination and hate speech.

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April 27, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Frances McDormand explained how movies can be more diverse: inclusion riders. This approach is one worth considering outside of Hollywood—including in the con…

U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura with members of the Women Advisory Board during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 2016.

June 27, 2017

South America
South America's Turn to Deadlock

Scholars of Latin America spent much of the first decade of this century discussing the causes and consequences of the region's turn to the left, under Venezuela's Chávez, Argentina's Kirchners, Braz…

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April 1, 2017

Human Rights
Ronald Reagan, Deane Hinton, and "Fake News" in The New York Times

The term "fake news" is no doubt over-used these days, but there is such a thing. Indeed, there is even such a thing as a "fake news" obituary. A prime example of distortion and false reporting can b…

March 16, 2017

International Organizations
Trump’s Misguided National Security Budget: Every Problem is Not a Nail

President Trump’s unapologetic “hard power” budget reveals an alarming ignorance about the threats to U.S. national security and the instruments needed to advance U.S. global interests. The document …

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December 29, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2016

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2016 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

September 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Murder and Rape in South Africa

South Africa’s minister of police reports that the country’s murder rate increased by 4.9 percent from March 2015 to March 2016. That is more than fifty people killed every day. Official statistics s…

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July 14, 2016

South Africa
South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Six Years Imprisonment

The tragedy-as-soap-opera starring Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is over. Or, maybe not. Pistorius, a Paralympian gold medalist who also competed in non-disabled events, was a major media celebrity and…

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Six Years Imprisonment

June 27, 2016

Cuba
Bush Gives the Medal of Freedom to a Cuban Hero

In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded the Medal of Freedom in absentia to the Cuban human rights and democracy activist Oscar Elias Biscet. This week, he was able to place the award on Biscet’s s…

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May 9, 2016

Asia
Five Questions About Punjab’s Protection of Women Against Violence Bill

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

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