Human Rights Articles

New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus, March 23, 2012 (photo by Flickr user yuwenmemon licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license).
Global Insider

Labor, Human Rights Concerns Make Satellite Campuses a Risky Choice

By The Editors
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A professor from New York University was recently barred from entering the United Arab Emirates, where the school has a new campus, after he criticized the country’s labor practices. In an interview, Stephen Wilkins of Plymouth University discussed the challenges facing Western satellite campuses. more

World Citizen

In United Arab Emirates, Sharjah’s Sheikh Talks Democracy

By Frida Ghitis
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Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi, the ruler of the emirate of Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Council that governs the United Arab Emirates, does not shy away from the term “democracy.” Whether he can actually carve a path toward a more inclusive form of government remains to be seen. more

Country Report

Moment of Truth: Sri Lanka’s Chance for Reconciliation

By Charu Lata Hogg
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Editor’s note: It came to our attention after this report was published that it contained several passages closely resembling or directly duplicating previously published work by other authors, as well as previously published work by the author. After initially amending the report to include the missing attributions, we subsequently decided to remove the article. WPR regrets the error, and we apologize to the authors concerned and our readers.

The Deluge: Algeria’s Pending Succession Crisis

By Azzedine Layachi
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Algeria today faces important challenges, including social transformations, economic uncertainty and political sclerosis. All of these issues might become exacerbated by a pending leadership succession, the smoothness of which is far from guaranteed, due to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s poor health. more

Migrant Workers in Russia Hit by Ruble Collapse, Xenophobia

By David Klion
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Russia is not the only country affected by the ruble’s collapse. Under President Vladimir Putin, it has been one of the world’s leading destinations for immigrants, many of whom send remittances home to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The projected cost to these economies in 2015 could be as high as $10 billion. more

FATA: The Never-Ending War on Pakistan’s Periphery

By Asad Hashim
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The recent attack on a school in Peshawar, and the Pakistani government’s response, sum up life in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)—a frontier region on the edge of Pakistan that has been overtaken by militants, the military and the struggle to survive in the tiny space between them. more

Special Report

Getting to Yes: Cuba’s Slow Path to Reform

By The Editors
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The announcement that the U.S. will normalize relations with Cuba came as a surprise, but Cuba’s opening has been years in the making. This report includes WPR’s coverage of the island nation going back to 2007, tracing the post-Fidel transition and Raul Castro’s slow but steady reforms. more