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  • Soyfoods protect against breast cancer
    December 3, 2010

    "Soy appears to be protective and is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer re-occurrence for women who have consumed soy throughout most of their life. At this point in time, the effects of soyfoods on breast cancer reoccurrence in patients who have not previously consumed soy are not known.

    Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, on the relationship between breast cancer and soy consumption.

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    Source: The Times of India

  • Commentary by John J. DeGioia on the DREAM Act
    December 3, 2010

    "Georgetown President DeGioia speaks out in support of Senator Richard Durbin's (D-IL, SFS'66, GULC'69) DREAM Act. The proposed legislation would create a path to legal status and eventual legal immigrant status for young people who came to the United States before age 16 without documentation and who have met many other conditions, including two years of post-secondary education or military service."

    John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, on the DREAM Act.

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    Source: WAMU-FM

  • A Good Diplomatic Cable Tells A Story
    December 2, 2010

    "The key is the lead. Explain what the point is up front and say something colorful, and save the less important stuff for later. But you can get across a moral idea, you can get across a strategic idea, by telling a story."

    Mark Lagon, visiting professor in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, on the process of writing a diplomatic cable.

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    Source: NPR

  • Considering Culture When Providing Cancer Care
    December 2, 2010
    “The differences lie in how the family hierarchy works, and who decides how much information on prognosis or end-of-life should or should not be given to the family members or the dying child.”

    Aziza T. Shad, director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation at GUMC, on considering culture when providing pediatric cancer care.

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    Source: NCI Bulletin

  • Ruling Party's Grip on Parliament Could Trigger Violence, Opposition Warns
    December 1, 2010

    “The whole thing is an ugly joke. It is a travesty of what elections are supposed to be. There was no resemblance of free and fair elections.”

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, after the first round of the Egypt’s parliamentary elections delivered a victory to President Hosni Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party.

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    Source: Al Masry Al Youm

  • Women Crowd Egypt's Ballot
    November 28, 2010

    "Unfortunately, that is (a) certainty of Egyptian elections — death and violence and blood."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the violence surrounding Egyptian elections.

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    Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  • Knives, Bribes and Apathy in Egypt's Election
    November 26, 2010
    "People, especially those at lower levels of [the] socio-economic ladder, look to MPs for jobs, help with housing and medical services and help with government bureaucracy." Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the Egyptian elections and what is expected from Members of Parliament.
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    Source: The Huffington Post

  • Debt Crisis Highlights I.M.F.’s Renewed Role
    November 26, 2010

    “It’s not so much that they need the I.M.F.’s money, but that they need the I.M.F.’s mechanism for being able to monitor policy reforms."

    James Raymond Vreeland, associate professor of international relations, on Ireland's need for the International Monetary Fund to intervene in the country's financial crisis.

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    Source: The New York Times

  • Korean Crisis Stems from Domestic Discord, Experts Say
    November 24, 2010
    “I think this aggressive and irresponsible behaviour is related to crises of food security, because they’re afraid of an internal coup. It’s about redirecting the attention of the military away from themselves, and having those guns pointed toward the South.” Andrew Natsios, distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy, on possible motives of the attack by North Korea.
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    Source: The Star (Toronto, Canada)

  • Analysis: N.Korea Pulls U.S. Back to a 'Land of Lousy Options'
    November 23, 2010
    "North Korea was described to me as the land of lousy options. You're never choosing between good and bad options. You're choosing between bad, worse and the worst," he said." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on how the situation in North Korea hasn't changed since he was in the Bush administration.
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    Source: Reuters (UK)

  • Will North Korea's Pattern of Provocation, Concession Continue After Shellings?
    November 23, 2010
    "I think the United States and South Korea, when you talk about any potential military response, this is the most militarized border in the entire world. And both militaries – all three militaries are on a hair-trigger response. So, any military reaction, you have to be concerned about the potential for escalation." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on the latest provocation by North Korea.
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    Source: PBS Newshour

  • TSA Scrambles to Combat the Outcry Over Body Scanning
    November 23, 2010
    "We seem to react to each previous incident by grafting on more security. That's been a pattern since 9/11. With this particular iteration, for some Americans it's just become a question of, Where does it end?" Bruce Hoffman, professor of security studies, on airport security and the new full-body scanners.
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    Source: Time

  • North Korea Reveals Stunning Nuclear Advance
    November 21, 2010
    "One motive might be that North Korea likes to use provocation as a way to coerce the United States and the world into negotiations and even into giving things that they want, including food, fuel and recognition by the outside world." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on North Korea's recent nuclear progress.
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    Source: ABC News

  • Defections on Rise in North Korea
    November 16, 2010
    "[North Korea] is not a system that produces good leaders. There are lots of vested interest among the ruling elite and anyone trying to change that would be in big trouble." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on why a new leader is not likely to change the situation in North Korea.
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    Source: USA Today

  • 'Superstar' Candidate Takes on Egypt's Ruling Elite
    November 14, 2010
    "[Gameela Ismail] is a vocal critic of the regime, but she is not like the Muslim Brotherhood." Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, comparing Gameela Ismail's independent candidacy for parliament in Egypt to the mission of the country's largest opposition party.
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    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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