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  • Edward Snowden: Civic Hero or a Government Threat?

    As everyone now knows, the NSA has had the American public under high surveillance with access to phone logs from Verizon and AT&T and access to other user information from social media platforms and internet services. Snowden, currently in hiding in Hong Kong, will be extradited back to the United States, but according to a report from NBC, it is a process that would take several months–and he still needs … Read More

  • Former Newsweek Bureau Chief Speaks About War Reporting post-9/11

    On Tuesday evening, former Newsweek Bureau Chief Scott Johnson spoke to the Pell Center community about his experience as a journalist during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Johnson had worked in France earlier in his career–it goes without saying that transitioning from Paris to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003 was a drastic change. “I had never covered a war like this,” Johnson said about Afghanistan. His job now involved sitting in trenches in the … Read More

  • ILO Releases World of Work Report 2013

    The International Labour Organization released the preprint edition of the World of Work Report 2013: Repairing the economic and social fabric online on Monday morning. The 120 page report is divided into five parts: Overview of employment trends and projections Income distribution and middle-income groups across the world Role of minimum wages in rebalancing the economy Investment for a job-friendly recovery How to shift to a more equitable and job-friendly economic path According … Read More

  • There’s Surf and Sun, but is there Sand?: RI Beaches Rebuild Post-Sandy (Op-Ed)

    With Memorial Day weekend over, it is officially beach season. The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island beaches are in great shape–beach goers can expect the facilities to “look more spruced up than usual.” “Everything is all set. We are probably in better shape than we ever have been,” said Robert Paquette, chief of parks and recreation for the state Department of Environmental Management. “We’ve done a lot of repairs … Read More

  • Robert Whitcomb Joins New Class of Fellows at Pell Center

    Scholars and Practitioners will support wide-ranging efforts in public affairs and international relations Newport, RI—The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University today announced the addition of five new fellows to its growing cohort of scholars and practitioners.  With distinguished careers in journalism and the academy, the group is the second to join the Pell Center since the creation of its fellows program last autumn. … Read More

  • War Correspondent: Getting news from the frontline to the home-front

    A conversation with former Newsweek Bureau Chief Scott Johnson War correspondents are a special breed.  To get that story about life in Iraq or Afghanistan, or wherever conflict spreads, they endure more than most during a typical day in the office.  From kidnappings and ambushes to improvised explosive devices and third world roads, reporters face an array of logistical and security challenges to tell the world what’s happening in some … Read More

  • Israel’s Right to Defend Itself “in a very dangerous, combustible region of the world.”

    On April 21st, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began his week-long trip to the Middle East. His first stop was in Israel, where he fostered the “very special relationship” between our two nations, while also advising against unilateral military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities. As if the trip was not already complicated enough, President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in Syria. Mr. Hagel made it clear that … Read More

  • An American Story of Freedom: Nobel Prize Winning Author Explores the Impact of the Great Migration

    On Wednesday, Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, spoke to the Salve Regina University community about the historical significance of the Great Migration. The Great Migration refers to the diaspora of African Americans from the South to the other parts of the United States throughout the twentieth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, 90% of African Americans lived in the South. By the 1970s, nearly 50% … Read More

  • Government Regulation of the Financial Industry. A Struggle to Create Effective Reform.

    The general sentiment in the country is that the financial crisis of 2008 signaled a need for more regulation in business, particularly in the finance industry. No one questions that we need reform, but it must be effective reform with accountability.  The questions are what type of government regulation will actually keep consumers and investors safe, without creating a huge productivity drain on the economy, and who will be accountable … Read More

  • Women in Combat

    Although women have served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was only in the last year that the Department of Defense formally approved women in combat units.  Should women be able to serve in every specialization in the U.S. military?  What does the experience of women in the military say about barriers to women in society?  Why do long-held stereotypes persist?  What can we all do to break them? … Read More

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