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Inspiration and Insights (Blog Post #8)

I loved Professor Jung Ha-Brookshire’s talk because she shared her story so intelligibly. She drew me in by telling us of her childhood, and then tying in her experience with the global fashion industry. I was inspired by her dedication to her craft, and actually recommended her as a guest instructor in another course I’mContinue reading “Inspiration and Insights (Blog Post #8)”

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Gender Discrimination (Blog Post #7)

Artificial Intelligence is a field of study that is expanding rapidly because it has started to affect every element of life in developed countries. In Wired’s story on Feifei Li, she mentioned that even in her advanced lab and Stanford, there’s still a need for more women and minorities. While blatant affirmative action might beContinue reading “Gender Discrimination (Blog Post #7)”

A Non-Western World (Blog Post #6)

When Zakaria refers to “politically correct but historically incorrect,” he is discussing the current cultural discourse that says non-Western countries were economically comparable to Western countries up until the 1800s. There is now an idea floating that suggests the past 200 years of Western dominance were just a fluke in the system, and that thisContinue reading “A Non-Western World (Blog Post #6)”

Indigineity and Human Rights (Blog Post #5)

Climate change and human rights form an interesting intersection that not many consider. Environmental issues such as extreme weather patterns and decreasing biodiversity can cause problems for countries such as displacement, infrastructure destruction and famine. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the following environmental problems are rampant, according to a 2008 Swedish policy analysis:Continue reading “Indigineity and Human Rights (Blog Post #5)”

Poverty and Measles (Blog Post #4)

According to the CIA Factbook on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC is part of the following organizations: “ACP, AfDB, AU, CEMAC, CEPGL, COMESA, EITI (compliant country), FAO, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (NGOs), ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUCContinue reading “Poverty and Measles (Blog Post #4)”

Environmentalism is a Capitalist’s Dream (Blog Post #3)

In terms of a global approach to climate change, there needs to first be a tolerance of up-to-date science. If world leaders do not agree that human are contributing to a rapidly warming planet, there can be no moral objectivity. If you look at the environmental justice cause today, what emerges as the dominant trendContinue reading “Environmentalism is a Capitalist’s Dream (Blog Post #3)”

Nationalisme et Langue au Congo (Blog Post #2)

The languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reflect a vast and diverse nation that has seen political and colonial powers threaten an indigenous way of life. According to Ethnologue, a language-tracking website, reports that the DRC has over 213 unique languages, with 207 of them being indigenous. The DRC’s official language isContinue reading “Nationalisme et Langue au Congo (Blog Post #2)”

Dying People and a Burning Jungle (Blog Post #1)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo currently faces civil war, corrupt elections, environmental catastrophe and public health crises, which makes for a chaotic news environment. Through my coverage this semester, we’ll explore these issues within the larger global context. A Brief History The DRC was colonized by the Belgians in the early 1900s, gaining independenceContinue reading “Dying People and a Burning Jungle (Blog Post #1)”