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Our World This Week: October 10th – October 16th 2014

Our World This Week: October 10th  – October 16th 2014 This week saw the Vatican have surprisingly positive comments towards gays and same-sex relationships. However, the Vatican backtracked on these comments after they elicited furious outrage from more Conservative Catholics. Read more about the Vatican’s backtracking here. Also this week, the World Food Programme cut […]
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Our World This Week: October 3rd – October 9th 2014

 Our World This Week: October 3rd   – October 9th 2014 This week saw a St. Louis police officer fatally shoot a teen.  The off-duty officer shot a 18 year old teenage; due to the circumstances of the shooting, the incident has sparked protests that echo the Ferguson, Mo unrest after the fatal shooting of Michael […]
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Shake Hands with The Devil

The first book to be added to our bookshelf is…… “Shake Hands with the Devil” by Roméo Dallaire (published in 2003). I chose this book as it is a well-known book amongst IDS students, which will provide an opportunity for dialogue!  Following the guidelines posted in last week’s blog entry (available HERE), here are my […]
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Our World This Week: September 26th – October 2nd 2014

Our World This Week: September 26th – October 2nd 2014 This week saw reports citing the expansion of Antarctic sea ice for a second straight year. Given the extent of climate change, this has left scientists baffled as to why Antarctic sea ice is expanding rather than shrinking. Read more about Antarctic sea ice expansion […]
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Guidelines for Underblog Submissions

Do you want to submit a post for one of our blog categories? Read on to see the guidelines for each category. Stories from the Field Do you have an interesting story from your time in the field that you want to share? This category is not limited to undergraduate students — professors and practitioners are […]
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20 Websites Every IDS Student Should Know About

You’ve probably seen Buzzfeed articles pop on your Facebook newsfeed. With titles like “17 Things Anyone Who Has Built Ikea Furniture Knows To Be True”, these articles are a great (and hilarious) way to put off writing that analysis on microcredit schemes in Bangladesh. On occasion, however, these articles can be quite useful. Here at the Undercurrent, we […]
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Our World This Week: September 19th – 25th 2014

Our World This Week: September 19th  – September 25th 2014 This week saw a flurry of action around the United Nations Climate Summit. The Annual UN Climate Summit spurred thousands of demonstrators around the world to march ahead of the actual summit in order to press for action on climate change. Prime Minister Stephen Harper […]
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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another school year from all of us at the Undercurrent! We hope you had a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, exploring, pleasure reading, farmer’s markets and of course, relaxing. While you may not be overly excited about getting back into the school grind already, here at the Undercurrent we’re very excited for […]
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Too Inexperienced To Know What You’re Good At

International development graduates occupy a purgatory in the development field: thoroughly trained to identify ethical problems, they can have a hard time producing imperfect solutions; thinkers on a systemic, global scale, they are best suited for the executive level but have little of the corresponding experience or skills to get there; possessing a broad social […]
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Story from the field: “The Words of a Twelve Year Old Girl That Forced Me To Question My Role in Development”

The Words of a Twelve Year Old Girl That Forced Me To Question My Role in Development By: Chelsey Acierno In January of 2013, I participated in an exchange through SFU to the University of Cape Town in South Africa in which I was fortunate enough to secure an internship with a grassroots HIV/AIDs organization. Having […]
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