Category: Pardee School of Global Studies

Ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq

Associated Press Bob Murowchick Thousands of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that were smuggled into the U.S. and shipped to the head of arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby were returned to the Iraqi government on Wednesday… Expert quote: “Most antiquities are not legally moved … This stuff does not miraculously […]

How the new monument to lynching unravels a historical lie

The Washington Post Nina Silber Expert article: “On April 26, the first memorial in the United States dedicated to the victims of ‘racial terror lynchings’ was unveiled in Montgomery, Ala. Originating with the efforts of the Equal Justice Initiative, which set out to document this little-known history, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice is […]

Top Somali Politician Steps Down, Avoiding Showdown With President

The New York Times Michael Woldemariam The speaker of Somalia’s Parliament resigned on Monday ahead of a no-confidence vote, sparing the country a repeat of the armed standoff last week that threatened to descend into violence… Expert quote: “There has been gridlock within central government institutions going back four or five years, and constant feuding […]

Researchers: Please Stop Peeing in Walden Pond

NECN Richard Primack Walden Pond is supposed to be a serene setting, but researchers say placid does not mean pristine and human urine is taking a toll on the iconic Massachusetts locale… Expert quote: “Eventually, the water will get cloudy with algae, and there might be scum on top of the pond. We really need to […]

Why Americans are obsessed with the British royal family

CNN Arianne Chernock There are plenty of folks in the United States who are excited about Prince Harry’s upcoming wedding to actress Meghan Markle… Expert quote: “That stems, I think, from our shared paths and this sense that to some extent Americans were part of this narrative, part of this story.” View full article

U.S. lands a ‘body blow’ on Kremlin spy network

Boston Herald Robert Loftis The expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats identified as intelligence agents and the closing of the Russian consulate in Seattle is a “body blow” for Kremlin spying on U.S. soil, but tit-for-tat recriminations and increased tensions are likely as the cycle of retaliation heats up, security experts say… View full article  

Trump team bashes China but offers no alternative in African nations

The Hill Kevin Gallagher The now former Secretary of State Tillerson’s talking points for his hastily-arranged trip to Africa last week accused China of fostering dependency, with “opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that mire nations in debt,” hurting growth and local employment… Expert quote: “The Trump administration would have a better argument […]