Monday Briefing | February 5

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Leader of Cameroon separatist movement Julius Ayuk Tabe | Photo courtesy NDI Eugene/Nation Media Group

Stories to Follow

Cameroon Separatist Movement: Last week, Nigeria extradited 47 Cameroonian Anglophone separatists. They have since been sent back to Cameroon, where the government has called them terrorists.  The UNHCR has criticized Nigeria for this, saying it violated international law. Tensions have been rising in the past year as Anglophone Cameroonians, those in the English-speaking regions of the country, unify to oppose the government. They feel marginalized by the majority French-speaking government and are calling for independence. Among those extradited was Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, leader of the Anglophone separatist movement.

India’s New Health Plan: On Thursday, India announced it would be rolling out a new health policy that will provide half a billion poor Indians with access to free health care. The plan is said to have much more expansive coverage. India currently spends just over 1% of GDP on healthcare, one of the lowest in the world. Many details of the program have yet to be finalized, and officials have not yet explained the eligibility requirements.

Happening This Week

The Ideology of Failed States: Why Interventions Fail | Tuesday, Feb 6, 12:30-1:30 PM, 295 Lafayette St
Professor Susan Woodward from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York provides an analysis of the significant but counterproductive role played by the concept of failed states in shaping international order and intervention since the early 1990s.

LOST IN LEBANON Film Screening | Tuesday, Feb 6, 7:00 PM, Scandinavia House 58 Park Ave
LOST IN LEBANON gives a personal voice to those we rarely hear from and gives a face to the thousands of refugees we see on our TV screens. The screening will be followed by panel discussion with the directors of the film, Sophia and Georgia Scott.

Know Your Rights: Immigration and Police Enforcement on Campus | Friday, February 9, 3:00-5:00 PM, 36 E 8th St
This panel conversation for NYU staff, faculty, and administrators will feature speakers from the National Immigration Law Center, DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center, and New Sanctuary Coalition. Panelists will address issues such as how to cultivate and maintain environments that are safe, and awareness of immigration laws.

In Your Free Time

Valentine’s day may seem passé, especially when you have to go out to restaurants with teeming crowds to enjoy a special dinner with your honey. Why not stay in this year, snuggled up and warm, with a nice homemade meal? Keep it hearty (you see what I did there?) and healthy with these delicious meat-free Valentine’s day vegan recipes!

This Monday Briefing is brought to you by Joy McKinley.

 

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