Category Archives: Politics
Honoring Activist Rosa Parks
Honoring Activist Rosa Parks By: Ellen Gutoske Interfaith Engagement Intern Rosa Parks is often credited as a tired old woman who didn’t want...
Bob Marley and the Politics of Labeling
Bob Marley and the Politics of Labeling By: Kristiana Peric, Interfaith Engagement Intern “Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one...
Safety vs. Freedom: Who Oppresses Who?
By: Joseph Birko, Communications Intern – [email protected] With the recent tensions regarding the terrorist attacks throughout Europe, many governments are wary of how...
Small Screen; Big Politics
By: Joseph Birko [email protected] Not only was the 2016 Emmys an award show that celebrates the best of television, but it also represented...
Failed Coup Attempt & Massive Purge: A Civil Society Perspective
What a week it’s been for Turkey. There’s no question – in my mind anyway – that the recent bombings of the Istanbul...
The Dangers of Trump’s Bigotry
The Dangers of Trump’s Bigotry By: James McLellan There’s (hopefully) no doubt in the minds of most people that Donald Trump’s rhetoric towards...
Niagara Foundation Condemns Government Takeover of Zaman
Niagara Foundation strongly condemns the Turkish government's aggressive takeover of one of the nation's largest newspapers.| Tagged Erdogan, freedom of press, freedom of speech, government, government takeover, journalism, media, takeover, turkey, Zaman
Yemen, Iran, and Syria: The 2016 State of the Middle East Forum on the “Crisis in the Gulf”
On February 17, the Niagara Foundation hosted the annual “State of the Middle East Forum” at Roosevelt University’s Fine Arts Building. The forum...| Tagged 2016 State of the Middle East Forum, Dr. David Faris, Iran, Middle East, State of the Middle East Forum, Syria, Yemen
“Gloomy Days”: Brazil, the Olympics, and the Zika Virus
Brazil is going through a challenging period: it is facing an economic crisis stemming from record low oil prices and political corruption, and...| Tagged 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, World Health Organization, Zika virus
Closing the 90 Mile Gap
This wonderful artistic collaboration proved Cubans will start to experience cultural changes in their lives, but how will this new US-Cuba relation will...| Tagged Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Cuba, Diplomacy, tourism, travel, United States
“This is Greece”: A Student’s Experience During the Debt Crisis
“Their economic crisis is making that country very unstable, it’s not a very safe place for travelers. You should go somewhere else!” I...| Tagged austerity, bailout, finance, Greece, Grexit, policy, recession, tourism, values
Event Recap: John Sirek Speaks on McCormick Foundation’s Civics Program
Mr. Sirek stressed the McCormick Foundation’s mission: “to foster communities of educated and engaged citizens.” To achieve this goal, the foundation runs key...| Tagged civics, Democracy, Education, government, John Sirek, journalism, McCormick Foundation
Today is the International Day of Democracy!
Every year, the International Day of Democracy is celebrated on September 15 to raise awareness about democracy. This year, in 2015, the theme...| Tagged Democracy, United Nations
Niagara Foundation Remembers 9/11
14 years ago on this day, terrorists launched four coordinated attacks against the United States, killing 2,997 people including 343 firefighters and 72...| Tagged 9/11, Peace, September 11, terrorism
A Nation of Immigrants: Why Multiculturalism Matters
Immigration today is by all means a controversial issue, but it is also the heart of this country. America is shaped and rooted...| Tagged immigration, Multiculturalism
Event Recap: Chicago & Global Family with Jamil Khoury
On Tuesday, August 11th, Jamil Khoury joined the Niagara Foundation for a Chicago and Global Family event. As a theatre producer, essayist, playwright,...| Tagged Asia, Middle East, Muslims, Silk Road Rising, Theatre
Event Recap: Chicago & Global Family with Charlene Carruthers
On August 12, Charlene A. Carruthers joined Niagara for a Chicago Global Family Event. Carruthers is the national director of Black Youth Project...| Tagged Black Youth Project, Charlene Carruthers, leadership, Racial justice
Revisiting Resource Conflict in Ecuador
Ecuador is blessed with an abundance of timber, fish, and hydropower. Such a diverse landscape is fertile ground for resource conflict, particularly with...| Tagged Economy, Ecuador, Indigenous peoples, Natural resources, Rafael Correa
2015 Media & Ethics Forum Panelist Spotlight: Dr. Bastiaan Vanacker
By Josh Heine Communications and Membership Coordinator August 4, 2015 I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Bastiaan Vanancker, Associate Professor at Loyola...| Tagged Dr. Bastiaan Vanacker, Ethics, Forums, ISIS, media