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Articles by Kevin Matthews

Can People Power Change Kenya?

Resolving the election crisis of 2007-08 is one thing, argues GRCA Research Associate Stephen Ndegwa, and addressing underlying injustices is quite another. Ndegwa and an engaged UCLA audience debate the likelihood of significant change from below.
Published on: 2/14/2008
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The 98 Percent Strategy

Nearly every women's rights bill passed by the Iranian reformist parliament that the Guardian Council effectively cast out in 2004 met one doom or another. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former legislator, illuminates the paths of Iranian-style gridlock.
Published on: 1/16/2008
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10 Questions for Lynn Hunt

Professor of History Lynn Hunt's 2007 book "Inventing Human Rights: A History" was published with CIA-sponsored "torture flights," "enhanced interrogation techniques" and genocide all in the news. She spoke with UCLA International Institute Senior Writer Kevin Matthews about whether the very idea of human rights is now in danger, and how novels aided the concept's evolution.
Published on: 12/11/2007
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Last US Ambassador to USSR Makes Case for Cooperation

Ambassador Jack Matlock says that, on the most pressing global issues, the United States still needs Russia. Speaking ahead of parliamentary elections, he calls U.S. discussion of Putin's autocratic tendencies "overblown."
Published on: 12/4/2007
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Hope, Economic Transformation in Iraqi Marshlands

Peter Reiss, director of a USAID program to restore the world's second-largest wetlands, explains how Saddam Hussein's drainage of the area has altered an ancient culture.
Published on: 11/28/2007
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At UCLA, Mongolia's First Lady Seeks Ties with 'Third Neighbor'

Tsolmon Onon Enkhbayar addresses UCLA scholars and members of L.A.'s Mongolian community.
Published on: 10/30/2007
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Latin American Film Studies Get Push from UCLA Institute

The Latin American Institute is launching a Film and Media Project, collaborating on a DVD collection for research libraries, and extending its menu of screenings and activities for cinema buffs.
Published on: 10/16/2007
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Former Cape Verdean President Sees Africa Standing Up

Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro, who served two five-year terms as Cape Verde's first president elected under a multiparty system, tells a UCLA audience that Africa is no lost cause, but a continent striving towards peace and democracy. He discusses Cape Verde's relations with China and other emerging powers.
Published on: 10/10/2007
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Get Out of Iraq Within a Year, Urges Former US Defense Official

Larry Korb, a former assistant defense secretary under Reagan, wants to keep a regional military presence and to keep intervening in Iraq, but he thinks that continuing the occupation does more harm than good. He and Phillip Carter, a UCLA alum and Iraq war veteran, take questions on the war and Gen. Petraeus's strategy.
Published on: 9/26/2007
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Summer Workshops 'Open Doors' for Schoolteachers

The International Institute reaches out to K-12 teachers year-round with training and fresh materials for the classroom and brings students to campus for lectures. This summer, more than 50 teachers attended a three-day workshop on China and two-week institutes on race, class, and gender in Latin America and on historical-cultural intersections between Europe and the Middle East.
Published on: 8/24/2007
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