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The Changing Face of Global Health

UCLA Students Interview Director of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah

Since the inception of the field of global health, allocation of sufficient funds has been a major point of concern. Whether in providing the right number of vaccinations or in keeping the cost of medication reasonable, funds and donations from governments, the private sector, and different individuals have been critical to the maintenance of global health endeavors. Recently, however, the ... Read More »

Mapping Earth from the Roots Up

UCLA Campus shown on Google Maps, accompanied by volunteered geographic information.

No more than a decade has passed since it became possible for anyone with a connection to the Internet to access and author real-time spatial information on demand and free of charge.  Prior to the development and release of web-based mapping services such as OpenStreetMap, Wikimapia, Google Maps and Google Earth, geospatial information science (GIS) and its associated technologies primarily ... Read More »

Disparate Geopolitics: Hackers of the world Unite?


In the realm of academia we are often confronted with complex phenomena that we then attempt to corral into nicely defined cubicles. Systems of classification are employed ten a penny in order to establish, well, some form of order on a recalcitrant world. Economics, Sociology, Political Science, and all the other branches of the social sciences, look to establish some ... Read More »

The Unnoticed Conflict in the Central African Republic

Photographed by Bagassi Koura. Wikimedia Commons.

While news networks have assiduously covered the tumultuous events taking place in countries like Syria and Ukraine, the media has largely seemed indifferent to a similar conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). As a result, much of the international public is unaware of a rapidly deteriorating situation. While camera lenses focus on places like the Middle East and Eastern ... Read More »

Internet or Interpol? The case against supranational internet governance


The internet⏤perhaps the epitome of globalization.  Enabling information and new ideas to travel instantaneously across the world, the internet has linked people, places, cultures, and governments to a greater effect than arguably any other technology.  Ideas form the basis for actions, and actions manifest in ways that often support or conflict with the institutional beliefs of governing bodies.  Thus the ... Read More »

Facing A Long Battle: Immigration Reform in the United States


    Human migration has, throughout history, been a force that has impacted the development of countless societies and cultures. From the waves of earlier generations who migrated out of East Africa and went on populate the rest the planet, to the more recent Europeans who journeyed to places like the United States and Canada, migration has inarguably been a ... Read More »

The Tragic Murder of a Licensed Fool: Extremism, Freedom of Expression, and the Fight For “European Values.”

Edwin Landseer - Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Titania and Bottom

At midday on the 7th of January 2015, three masked gunmen forced their way into the offices of a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and ruthlessly executed ten members of staff, including the editor, Stephane Charbonnier, and his police bodyguard. The men then fled the scene into the Paris streets, killing another policeman on their way out. The motivation for this ... Read More »

The Crossroads: The Modernization of the Roman Catholic Church

Photo by Tânia Rêgo/ABr - Agência Brasil. CC-BY-3.0-br.

As one of the world’s oldest institutions still alive today, the Roman Catholic Church has been at the intersection of traditional versus contemporary many times before. The most recent example of this occurred in October, when Pope Francis called on leading clergy to discuss the Church’s approach on family values. Among the topics discussed at the synod, a meeting of ... Read More »

Put Away the Umbrellas in Hong Kong Streets

A picture taken during the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong (Photo Credit: Pasu Au Yeung)

Will the “pan-democrat” camp of Hong Kong (HK) settle for anything short of “democracy” and “political sovereignty” from mainland China? Can there be a fair compromise? What influence still remains of the slogan “one country, two systems,” in 2014? These and other unsettling questions have been propagating within pan-democrat HK residents, setting fire to pro-democracy movements referred to as the ... Read More »