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  • In Remembrance: The Granite Mountain Hotshots

    Tomorrow, the United States will celebrate the freedom of the American people, made possible by the Founding Fathers. On Tuesday, 19 out of the 20 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling the blaze in Yarnell, Arizona. The New York Daily News confirmed the names of the fallen firemen: Eric Marsh, Anthony Rose, Kevin Woyjeck, Chris MacKenzie, Scott Norris, Clayton  Whitted, Travis Turbyfill, Jesse Steed, Robert Caldwell, Dustin Deford, Sean  … Read More

  • Why I love PRISM (OpEd)

    There is no secret to what the nation’s newest political and ethical scandal is. Taking its name from a small glass pyramid that refracts light into a rainbow, PRISM has adorned the marquees of every major news program for the last week. Being uncharacteristically removed from this political scandal I decided that enough time had passed where I could sit down and get a thorough idea of what PRISM is. … Read More

  • The Human Side of Cybercrime (OpEd)

    What do cyber criminals, Greek gods, and Facebook have in common? They are all connected to “Zeus,” a Trojan horse malware program first identified in 2007, when it was used to steal information from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and that now may be lurking in a link on rigged Facebook pages. Along with phishing campaigns, Trojans are the principal method chosen by cyber criminals to attack users, allowing them … Read More

  • 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