Our Common But Differentiated Responsibility Concerning Climate Change

Is it fair for ‘developing’ countries to pollute more than ‘developed’ countries? The notion of ‘common but differentiated responsibility’ (CBDR) emerged as a pillar of environmental law to equitably delineate political responsibilities in regards to made-made climate change.[1] Though the

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Orientalism and the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

From the Democratic-leaning supporters to the Republican-leaning opponents, Orientalist conceptions have dominated Western representations of the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations. While many differing perspectives on the topic exist, the two dominant voices in this controversy have found common ground through evoking an us/them

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Abu Ghraib torture and the Orientalist Construction of the ‘Muslim body’: A Critique of US Exceptionalism

The disturbing images of torture in the US-led Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq sent shockwaves around the world as graphic photographs of US guards torturing and humiliating Iraqi detainees spread across cyberspace in 2004. The images displayed naked bodies heaped

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Helen Clark for Secretary-General of the United Nations?

Could the next Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), the highest position in the largest intergovernmental organization, be our very own former prime minister, Helen Clark? As the Administrator of the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP), which is considered the

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