It is not cynical to think that a country may offer humanitarian aid to mask its desire to intervene in the internal affairs of the affected country. How does one distinguish offers made in good faith from those that are less than genuine? Lacking are specific criteria that allow the international community to determine when consent to assistance may be justifiably withheld and when such consent is unreasonable. Even if such criteria could be constructed and agreed to, what enforcement mechanisms could be used? … [Read more...] about Should the world intervene when a country refuses disaster relief?
"We've been advised to wear masks whenever we go outside," he said. But some of Vincent's fellow Nigerians had run out of masks, and Vincent added that they were one of the "basic supplies" they had asked the embassy to provide. … [Read more...] about ‘As each day passes, the chances of evacuation slip by.’ The Nigerian students ‘abandoned’ in Wuhan
Prayut’s first meeting with Trump came days after a court in Thailand sentenced in absentia the prime minister he unseated, Yingluck Shinawatra, to five years in prison for criminal negligence related to costly rice subsidy programs that failed to prop up farmers’ income. She has fled Thailand. … [Read more...] about Thailand’s Prime Minister Finds Common Ground With Trump
First is by building new barriers to block the flow of “dirty money” into our financial system. At present, an ever-increasing list of bad actors, foreign and domestic, are exploiting gaps in U.S. laws to “clean” their ill-gotten gains. From foreign despots to terror networks, drug cartels to human traffickers, some of the world’s most destructive forces are using the anonymity provided by various corporate forms (e.g., limited liability companies) to hide their illicit funds with impunity. Bipartisan legislation currently before Congress, known as the ILLICIT CASH Act and the Corporate Transparency Act, would go a long way toward stopping these threats to our national and economic security. … [Read more...] about Changes in policies, not personalities, will improve perception of corruption in the US
More than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya people fled their homes in Rakhine province of neighboring Myanmar in the summer of 2017 due to a crackdown by Myanmar’s army and Buddhist militias. The UN has described the army's campaign in Rakhine province as "textbook ethnic cleansing", and has charged that the Rohingya people suffered killings, rape, and mass destruction of their homes by the army and Buddhist militias. … [Read more...] about Informal Education Brings Hope to Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh