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March 20, 2015 by Brittney Bain

There’s a fascinating piece in The Guardian this week focused on a new UN report about how North Korea finances its activities through smuggling and crime. The report finds that North Korean officials, under the cover of diplomatic immunity, have been used to sell counterfeit goods and trade illegally with international partners. And there’s evidence that the officials “continue to play key roles in facilitating the trade of prohibited items, including arms and related material and ballistic missile-related items.” Given the North Korean regime’s human rights violations, its exploitation of diplomatic privileges comes as little surprise.

A recent editorial in The Hill makes the case for maintaining in federal legislation that states develop and administer one standardized test for all students. The writers, former teachers, explain, “Just as runners want to know how far they’ll have to go to reach the finish line in a 5K … parents and teachers need to know how far their children are progressing toward grade-level proficiency targets, graduation, and college and career readiness.”

The 2015 Women’s Initiative Fellows traveled to Washington, D.C. this week. They participated in roundtable discussions with leaders from the International Republican Institute (IRI), Freedom House, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the National Democratic Institute. The event was highlighted on IRI’s blog, Democracy Speaks. With recent tragic news in their home country, the courageous Tunisian Fellows who endeavor to strengthen their young, fragile democracy give reason for hope. 


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Brittney Bain
Brittney Bain

Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.  Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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