When the elite abandon democracy – A Warning from Belize?

By Harold Young of Austin Peay State University “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As always, my first full day in Belize starts in my barber’s chair. The “trim” (haircut) … Continue reading When the elite abandon democracy – A Warning from Belize?

Intrastate Conflicts: Refocus on the Intractable

By Harold A. Young The burden and devastation of intrastate conflicts are disproportionally borne by people of color in the developing world. While many people of color in the United States may view these conflicts as distant, they are not. Some may have relatives and friends in these conflict areas; however, it is worth noting … Continue reading Intrastate Conflicts: Refocus on the Intractable

Politics and Sunburn: Snapshot of the U.S. from Belize

By Harold Young, Ph.D. The sun blazed, cooled only by sporadic showers, during my recent visit to the Central American and Caribbean nation of Belize where I spent my formative years. The size of Massachusetts, Belize is racially and ethnically diverse population of 332,000 that depends heavily on U.S. for trade, investment, and tourism. A … Continue reading Politics and Sunburn: Snapshot of the U.S. from Belize

Humanitarian Missile Attack? Responsibility to Protect (Redux)

“There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime…. regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for … Continue reading Humanitarian Missile Attack? Responsibility to Protect (Redux)

Alone and Working: Making the Transition to ABD

The change from being a PhD Student to a PhD Candidate is a big one. The moment we cross that threshold of becoming ABD, we fall in to a kind of purgatory where we are no longer students and not yet peers of our professors. This purgatory, or as it is better known as ABD, … Continue reading Alone and Working: Making the Transition to ABD

Race and “Ism”: Incoming Fire from All Directions

Since it is impossible to discuss the issue of racism from the beginning, I will just start where I find myself. As an Assistant professor, it is probably safe for me to say that the multi-directional pressures and demands from administrations, departments, students, and parents are universal in academic life. What is different for faculty … Continue reading Race and “Ism”: Incoming Fire from All Directions

Supranational Courts: Are they the New Legal Titans?

In October 2016, South Africa followed Burundi in withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) asserting bias by the United Nation’s Security Council in its case referrals (Duggard, 2013; Strydom, 2015; The East African, 2016). They point out that the United Nations Security Council has referred cases from Sudan and Libya with only black Africans … Continue reading Supranational Courts: Are they the New Legal Titans?