Puerto Rico’s Water and Sanitation Crisis: How the Government is Failing to Ensure this Basic Human Right?

By Jennifer Natoli, Contributor  In the shorter term, Puerto Ricans remain wary of their water. Residents that can afford to purchase water from local stores say that they will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. According to the United Nations, access to clean water and adequate sanitation are integral human rights that governments, … Continue reading Puerto Rico’s Water and Sanitation Crisis: How the Government is Failing to Ensure this Basic Human Right?

Human Rights Abuses In Trinidad and Tobago: A Look At Its Police and Prison Service

By Margreta Davis, Contributor  As many as 15 prisoners are crammed into a cell making it difficult to sleep. Prisons are in deplorable conditions, infested with rats and cockroaches. Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), officially known as the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is the southernmost nation in the Caribbean. It is a sovereign twin island … Continue reading Human Rights Abuses In Trinidad and Tobago: A Look At Its Police and Prison Service

The Dead Pakistani Schoolchildren: Why Were They Killed?

By Aslam Kakar, Contributor The poetess Cynthia BuhainBaello says, Violence is the mark of brutes,  Unthinking, inhuman, brainless. Death and grief are their bitter fruits They are empty of any goodness. The cold New Jersey night of December 13, 2014, feels ever fresh in memory when on the morning of December 14 in Pakistan, six … Continue reading The Dead Pakistani Schoolchildren: Why Were They Killed?

Rutgers’ Official Launch of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM)

By Jane Roche and Christina Lobruto ,Contributors On Monday, July 23, 2018, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey hosted the Official Launch of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM). The UARRM is a group of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers seeking to harness the potential of university communities for the empowerment of … Continue reading Rutgers’ Official Launch of the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM)

The Convergence of Activism and Academia at the Oslo Freedom Forum

By Lillian Hussong, Contributor “Once people begin to believe, at least in principle, in human equality, there is no logical limit to the expansion of human rights and self-determination.” —Martha Finnemore I was one of six graduate students from the Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs who travelled to Norway to attend the 10th annual … Continue reading The Convergence of Activism and Academia at the Oslo Freedom Forum

Is religion inherently violent?

By Aslam Kakar, Editor Religious terrorism hits the headlines every now and then. Although religious violence has historical roots, it has become more prominent in the past few decades. The Oklahoma City bombing and anti-abortion clinic attacks by Christian extremist groups in the U.S., the attack on World Trade Center by al-Qaeda and lately ISIS’s … Continue reading Is religion inherently violent?

Puerto Rico’s Argo-ecological Movement: Grassroots Mobilization in the Wake of Hurricane Maria

By Jennifer Natoli, Contributor During the past decade, food sovereignty has been gaining popularity throughout Puerto Rico. Once an agricultural powerhouse, the island experienced a sharp decline in domestic agriculture throughout the twentieth century. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, people are mobilizing to establish sustainable, dependable food systems. Food Sovereignty VS. Food Security La … Continue reading Puerto Rico’s Argo-ecological Movement: Grassroots Mobilization in the Wake of Hurricane Maria