• About Yermi Brenner

    Yermi Brenner is a student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has reported from the Middle East, China and the Balkans on sociopolitical issues. His articles and video reports have been published in The Huffington Post, City Limits Magazine and other international news outlets. He tweets on conflicts, discrimination, poverty and media @yermibrenner.

    When Intervention by Foreign Powers Is Justified

    by  • April 24, 2013 • Human Rights, Peace and Security • 3 Comments
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    David Phillips

    One of the most complicated dynamics in international relations is whether foreign powers should intervene when a government is creating a humanitarian crisis among its own people. David L. Phillips, a former a senior adviser to the United States Department of State and to the United Nations, has repeatedly dealt with this problem, and...

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    The Catholic Church’s Decline in Croatia

    by  • April 9, 2013 • Health and Population, Human Rights • 2 Comments
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    Josip Bozanic Benedictus of Zagreb

    As Pope Francis is getting used to life in the Holy See, a sexual-education program in neighboring Croatia offers hints of decline of the Roman Catholic Church’s political influence in the region. The introduction of sex-ed in Croatian public schools in September set off a culture war in the country. The government has refused...

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    The North Kosovo Obstacle to Peace

    by  • February 19, 2013 • General Assembly, Peace and Security • 4 Comments
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    The Mitrovica Bridge in North Kosovo is an iconic symbol of Kosovo's division. South of the Ibar River live Albanian Kosovars, while the land north of the Ibar is occupied by Serbian communities.

    Thousands of people packed the streets of Pristina this past weekend, celebrating as Kosovo marked five years of independence. But in the municipalities of northern Kosovo, few people were rejoicing. Thirteen years after Slobodan Milosevic, the Serbian leader whose nationalist crusade set off the Balkan wars, withdrew his army from Kosovo, and three years...

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