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The Global Current

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The Global Current is the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy’s premier podcast on international affairs. Each week, we explore and analyze a news story making waves around the world. From the Capitol Hill riots to the Uighur camps in China, Current members break down pressing stories while engaging in thoughtful conversation with fellow students and faculty. Catch the Current on Instagram @TheGlobalCurrent and tune in live every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. EST on 89.5 FM WSOU.
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Welcome to NewzKidz! A new weekly podcast covering global news stories and current affairs, presented by Rose, Zara, Aiza and Laurie - kids aged 8-11 years. Tune in to hear us talk about what's important in our world today, what's making the news headlines, and why kids should care. You can discuss our stories with your friends, parents and teachers, and let us know what you think.
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On January 13th, Lai Ching-te was elected the new President of Taiwan. This election and his victory has come in the midst of an ongoing risk of conflict with China over military threats of invasion and an ongoing dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Tensions between democratic Taiwan and Communist China have been high since the …
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Following up on the four months of violence in the Gaza Strip, the world has seen increased disaster for Palestinians in Gaza and around the world. Famine, illness, and increased mortality rates have persisted since the initial ground invasion in October, with concerns that the situation will continue to worsen. There have been multiple development…
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In this episode the NewzKidz share the latest news on the Israel/Hamas conflict in Gaza, report on developments at the COP28 climate talks, give the latest news on the British Royal Family, and review the new hit movie, Wonka.
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Today we have the privilege of hosting an esteemed guest who is truly an expert on the intersection of AI and the ominous concept of weaponization. Professor Dr. Birgitta Dresp-Langley is a director of research at the National Center of Scientific Research with extensive experience regarding Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Dresp-Langley has been at th…
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises on the international stage as a record 6.9 million people are displaced from their homes, forcing them to seek asylum across Africa. This comes in the wake of conflicts between armed groups, human rights violations, and intense gender-based violence. Since March of …
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This episode was brought to you thanks to Executive Producer Bobby Kile, Associate Producers Kasia Kostraba and Juliana Mori, Host Trisha Ballion, and Technical Producers Ashley Skladany and Amelia Wysoczanski. Keep it current with us on Instagram @theglobalcurrent! Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music This group is a registered stude…
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Recently, European countries' leaders have been making unforeseen steps to acknowledge their history of colonization, particularly in Africa. Some leaders have made public statements, and others have arranged trips throughout the continent to express their sentiments, putting conversations about reparations at the forefront of international politic…
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Japan takes a progressive step forward as the Supreme Court declares a previous law regarding the sterilization of transgender people unconstitutional. This ruling has sparked conversations about Japan’s attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community on a whole and the legislation surrounding them. As an influential country in the region, many wonder what …
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Word has come from European Union leaders that many countries are looking to tighten their border policies to keep unwanted immigrants from entering various countries. Immigration has been an increasingly hot topic within the EU since 2015 when immigration levels spiked regarding the war in Syria and has recently reentered the mainstream following …
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On October 7th, global attention turned to Israel and Palestine as the Hamas group currently ruling over the Gaza Strip launched an armed attack on Israel. As the two states have launched into a conflict many world leaders and organizations are struggling to respond and express clear stances on the conflict. This brings us to the questions of how w…
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This episode the NewzKidz report on the Israel - Hamas situation, if it's true that girls don't like PE, World Mental Health Day, and review the film Taylor Swift - The Eras Tour.
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On October 3rd, Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy was ousted from his position, following a lengthy deal with House Democrats to avoid a government shutdown, making him the first speaker to be ousted in the middle of a congressional term. This has brought new light to the condition of domestic politics within the United States, bringing us to th…
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From Seton Hall University, this is The Global Current. Today, special guest host and Associate Producer Kasia Kostraba interviews Mohamad Mirghahari. A leader in national security policy, former Presidential appointee under the Obama Administration, and a current special advisor for the Department of Defense, today's episode covers a wide array of…
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A three day protest has broken out over the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen and sikh separatist from the northern Indian state of Punjab. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had announced that there is reasonable belief that there is a link between this murder and the Indian capital of New Delhi, as tensions have been high in I…
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For the first time in 4 years, North Korean president, Kim Jong Un has traveled outside the country for a summit between Russia and North Korea, hosted by Vladimir Putin to discuss trade and connections within the region and how that affects their respective countries. This has caught the attention of the West as it could lead to further developmen…
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The Mexican Supreme Court has recently attracted much attention as they’ve officially ruled to decriminalize abortion federally, finding that the current ruling regarding the procedure is unconstitutional. This progressive step has provided a strong base for abortion activists throughout the country, though not without contention in the population.…
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In this episode, we are talking about Boris Johnson’s resignation as a Member of Parliament and the Partygate report; the tragic events on the Titan Submersible; World Refugee Day and the recent devastating sinking of a boat carrying refugees in the Mediterranean; and Aiza reviews the Lottie Brooks Series of books by Katie Kirby.…
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In this episode the NewzKidz discuss the recent Coronation of King Charles III, the Eurovision Song Competition Final, how Wind Power is overtaking gas in the UK as a source of electricity, and why there has been a fuss recently about Year 6 SATS exams.
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Join us for a special episode as we say goodbye to our departing crew and hear their stories from working on The Global Current! Shoutout to our outgoing Executive Producer Jasmine De Leon and Technical Producer Andrew Raccuglia, as well as our graduating Host Drew Starbuck and Associate Producer Eric Bunce. This episode was brought to you thanks t…
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently pledged to temporarily pause his judicial reforms due to wide-spread public resistance fearful of a slide towards a more autocratic Israel. We discuss this action and what will happen next after this attempted political change in the democratic country. The analysts for this episode are Dovid Hotlz…
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Currently, India’s Supreme Court has been holding hearings for historic cases regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage and other rights for LGBTQ+ citizens. These petitions are actively opposed by India’s ruling government and religious authorities. The approval of these petitions could set a new precedent for LGBTQ+ rights in Southeast Asia…
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Global Current Associate Producer, Eric Bunce, Interviews Daniel Perell, a representative for the Baha'i International Community's UN office, about his experience in the United Nations and as a diplomat. Special thank you to Daniel Perell for making time to speak to us about his experience as a diplomat and his career at the United Nations! This ep…
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Allies and American security officials were caught off-guard earlier this month when a large collection of classified American intelligence files were leaked online by a 21-year old member of the Air National Guard. This comes at a pivotal moment in the Russo-Ukrainian War as we discuss how consequential this leak can be. The analysts for this epis…
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Amritpal Singh, a well-known Sikh separatist, has attracted much attention recently to the growing Khalistan movement within the Punjab state of India. This growing movement has massively increased tension in the nation, sparking violent protests. We unpack this episode with Analysts Juliana Mori and Christian LaFond, the news briefer for this epis…
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In this episode the NewzKidz report on plans for the upcoming Coronation of King Charles III, the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and Joe Biden's visit to Northern Ireland, all about Vaping and why we should be concerned, and why Doctors and Nurses are on strike in the UK.
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Iran and Saudi Arabia announced a deal to restore relations between their two nations earlier this month, in a process that was mediated by the People’s Republic of China. We unpack the episode with Analysts George Slowey and Christian Lafond. Our New Briefer for this episode is Juliana Mori. This episode was brought to you thanks to Executive Prod…
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Amidst all the ongoing conflict throughout the world, it is important to remember the long-term effects of warfare as the United States passes the twentieth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. We unpack this story with Analysts Kieran Besancon and Liam Brucker-Casey. Our News Briefer is for this episode is Mikayla Salib. This episode was b…
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Tensions remain high between Russia and the United States since Russia's decision to suspend its last nuclear arms treaty with the United States. Combined with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, fears of a new nuclear arms race have started to grow. We unpack this episode with Analysts Emmett Bikales and Joshua Axton. Our News Briefer for this episod…
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This episode the NewzKidz report on the terrible earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, the one year anniversary of war in Ukraine, why there is so much fuss about ChatGPT, and Rose reviews the film Matilda The Musical.
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A reported Chinese spy balloon was caught flying over the continental United States in early February leading to the cancellation of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s upcoming trip to China. China has maintained that it was a simple weather surveillance balloon veered off course but the event has remained in the public eye. We unpack this show w…
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In early February, two earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria, causing widespread structural damage and tens of thousands deaths. Combined together, these two earthquakes are the deadliest seismic event in the history of modern Turkey. We unpack this story with Analysts Joseph Brennan and Aaron Im. Our News Briefer for this episode is Trish Salib. Thi…
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Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, visited Seton Hall University on February 1st. In the Catholic Church, an Apostolic Nuncio is an ambassador for the Pope that serves the Holy See as a sort of diplomat. Archbishop Pierre has previously served as the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, Uganda, and Haiti before being ap…
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Dozens of people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in a security compound in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Join The Global Current with Analysts Madeline Field and Shayne Simmons. The News Briefer for the episode is Dovid Holtzman. This episode was brought to you thanks to Executive Producer - Jasmine De Leon, Associate Produ…
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Global Current Executive Director, Jasmine De Leon, interviews Bunmi Akinnusotu, the Deputy Director of the Rangel Fellowship at Howard University, about her illustrious career in foreign policy and her advice for young professionals. Ms. Akinnusotu was the a Special Assistant at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Chief of Staff at Youn…
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Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi, the president of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, visited Seton Hall University on Janurary 26th, 2023. As the presiding officer of the UN’s main policymaking forum, Kőrösi continues the assembly’s work promoting global recovery from the pandemic, addressing climate change and striving to meet the 17…
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There have been at least 48 deaths in Peru since early December when protests broke out when the Peruvian Congress removed President Pedro Castillo on Dec. 7. Castillo was arrested and is being held in pre-trial detention, facing rebellion charges after he tried to illegally dissolve the legislature to avoid a planned impeachment vote. Clashes with…
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This episode, the NewzKidz cover the Princess of Wales's new Early Years Campaign, the sighting of a rarely visible 'green comet', what it means when we talk about Recession, and Zara reviews the book I am Malala by Malala Yousefzai.
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Francesca Regalado, a 2017 graduate of Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, serves as the Bangkok Correspondent for Nikkei Asia, a Japan-based financial newspaper. She is a former Economics Reporter for Yomiuri Shumbun. Annie Hebel, our veteran analyst, guest hosted this special interview. This episode was brought to you th…
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Global Current Executive Director, Jasmine De Leon, interviews Dr. Glodel Mezilas about Global South and the Russia-Ukrainian War. Dr. Mezilas, a professor and adjunct director of the Diplomatic School of the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has served in the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and authored nine books about the country. De Leon…
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Kieran Besancon, veteran analyst and guest host, interviews Professor Maxim Matusevich about the Russia-Ukrainian War. Dr. Matusevich is a Professor and Director for the Russian and East European Studies Program at Seton Hall University. They take a deep dive on the war, such as Russia's "brain drain", the use of rhetoric, and the political framing…
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Following the announcement that the Vatican has announced a preliminary inquiry following Cardinal Ricard’s admission to sexually abusing a 14-year old girl during his time as a priest, the whole of the French Catholic Church has been rocked with scandals of global implications. Pope Francis has taken steps to address the church’s history with cler…
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The NewzKidz return from the winter holidays and in this episode report on Prince Harry's book, 'Spare', why teachers are going on strike in the UK, why China's population is shrinking, and Rose reviews the book 'You Don't Know What War Is' written by 12 year old Ieva Skalietska about her experiences of life in Ukraine whilst at war with Russia.…
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The most widely viewed and followed single sporting event in the world has arrived in the form of the 2022 World Cup hosted by the small oil-rich Middle Eastern nation of Qatar. However, despite the passion for the event, this year’s World Cup has been mired in corruption, scandals, political intrigue, and accusation of the use of slave labor which…
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The Israeli President is set to give former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the mandate to form a new Israeli government after consultations with representatives from all parties in the 25th Israeli parliament (Knesset). Israel’s longest serving prime minister is then expected to form the most right-wing Israeli government in its history as tensi…
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After weeks of political maneuvering and preparation, Xi Jinping was confirmed as president of China for a precedent-breaking third term after installing loyalists and picking off political rivals. This move has cemented on possibly the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong with no end in sight to his tenure as President. Join The Global Cu…
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This week the NewzKidz discuss COP27, explain about the Sparkle Foundation, update listeners on the US Midterm Elections, and review the new children's movie 'Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile'.
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