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The Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

August 15th 2021 marks the end of the 20-year American era in Afghanistan, as the Taliban seized the capital Kabul. In little more than a week, Taliban fighters overran more than a dozen provincial capitals. Thanks to a series of negotiated surrenders by government forces, they entered Kabul with no resistance. This triggered the departure
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The “God-Given Solution to Promiscuity”: Temporary Marriages in Modern Shi’i Iran

*quoted by Ruhollah Khomeini, founder and president of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1980-1988  Covid cases are reaching an all-time high in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the “5th wave” hitting the country as of August 2021. One of many factors playing into the ever-lasting persistence of the virus is Iran’s infamous custom
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New Perspectives on Sustainability

A Practical Opinion Article on The Most Urgent Global Issue

It has been two years since Greta Thunberg’s influential speech to the UN leaders about how they failed our world due to many environmental issues waiting to be dealt with. However, despite initial motivation to solve the pressing problem, hardly any drastic progress has been executed since the speech was given. Notwithstanding fatigue surrounding climate
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A Conversation with Dennise Yeh: Chief Growth Officer and Experienced Globe Trotter

On an unusually sunny day in Amsterdam, I sat across Dennise Yeh, a Taiwanese-born, internationally-bred businesswoman. Dennise is currently the Chief Growth Officer at a coffee consultancy start-up that provides training to stakeholders throughout the coffee value chain, in addition to having their own line of sustainable and innovative coffee. She has previously worked with
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