In October, a briefing paper that the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) HIV division head was to present at an international conference was released. The briefing paper garnered attention because it advocates decriminalization of drug use and possession for personal consumption. Other UN branches, such as the WHO and UNAIDS, have expressed support […]
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An October 26 patrol by a U.S. Navy warship into the Spratly archipelago — a part of the South China Sea that China considers its sovereign territory — has sparked tension between the United States and China. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS), a country has sovereignty over an area twelve nautical […]
As thousands of asylum-seekers continue to make the arduous journey to Europe, business leaders in Germany are cautioning against policies that will leave them unemployed and destitute. The 1951 Refugee Convention affords refugees the right to seek gainful employment in their country of refuge, subject to certain restrictions. The freedom to work is also recognized […]
Putin’s stance on the Syrian crisis has further strained Russia’s already tense relationship with its Western counterparts. Earlier this month, Russia started launching airstrikes in Syria. A spokesperson from Russia’s embassy in Washington, D.C. has reiterated Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s assertion that “the airstrikes are targeted at ISIL [Islamic State], Nusra, and other terrorist groups.” Western officials, […]
After more than five years of talks, representatives from 12 Pacific Rim countries finalized a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the deepest and most important multilateral trade deal in years. The trade pact aims to liberalize commerce and investment between the countries, which account for nearly 40 percent of the world’s economy. If the […]