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Soccer in Sialkot

You’ve never heard of Sialkot, Pakistan, but you’ve almost certainly seen their product – and maybe even kicked it a couple of times. Sialkot produces half of the world’s soccer balls, including those used in last year’s World Cup. The story of how the city has been shaped by markets serves as a testimony to…

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Nigeria’s Nadir

Nigerians presently face a huge decision regarding their upcoming presidential election.  The incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will try to maintain his party’s dominance which dates back when the nation resumed democratic elections in 1999.  However, he faces Muhammadu Buhari, a former  Nigerian military dictator in the 1980s, whose popularity…

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Lucrative Perks: The Man Repeller on Eating Disorders

Leandra Medine is an icon. The 27 year old of Turkish and Iranian descent describes her self-aware blog, Man Repeller, as “a humorous website for serious fashion.” Its accolades stand up to the description – combining Medine’s signature cheeky humor with the blog’s incredible clout when it comes to educating the fashionably elite. In 2012 Medine added recognition as…

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Where Krauthammer Went Wrong: An Appeal to Nuance

In the past week, the U.S. Congress has made two unprecedented interventions into U.S. foreign policy. First, Speaker John Boehner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, arranged for PM Netanyahu to speak before the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015 and argue his case against current negotiations…

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A WUPR Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates

On February 18th 2015, WUPR’s editors-in-chief Gabriel Rubin and Sonya Schoenberger interviewed Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates during his visit to Washington University. Topics include Coates’ “Case for Reparations,” Ferguson, the state of American mainstream media, and the role of public policy in addressing historical injustices towards African Americans.

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Modi and the Politics of Yoga

Narendra Modi’s new policies as India’s prime minister revolve around economics, social change, and…yoga?   Modi has been trying to reclaim yoga as an Indian art form and have it officially recognized as being rooted in Hindu tradition. While it is generally accepted that yoga originated in India, this movement, according to the new Minister…

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