Taja Hirata-Epstein

About Taja Hirata-Epstein

Taja is a junior at Brown University. She studies Political Science and is particularly interested in international relations and ethnic studies. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Taja likes spending her free time in the water.

Nuclear Talks Between United States And North Korea

A summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un fell apart this Wednesday, once again resulting in no agreement over North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.  Both leaders face political pressure to maintain a hardline stance and have refused to budge in negotiations. While Trump remains optimistic about talks going forward, he […]

Cultural Genocide: The Persecution Of Uighurs In China

China has received international condemnation in recent weeks for its violent persecution of Uighurs, a primarily Muslim minority group in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. According to a United Nations panel, over one million Uighurs have been detained in internment centres to eradicate their Muslim identity and reinforce their loyalty to […]

A Failure To Protect: Ethnic Cleansing In Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, the first and current State Counselor of Myanmar, helped to propel the country towards democracy after spending several years as a political prisoner. Despite the leadership of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the Burmese government has committed massive human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslims, an […]

Demonstrations in Chemnitz, Germany Stroke Fears of Violent Nationalism

Eighteen people were injured this past Saturday following violent clashes between far-Right protestors and counter-protestors in Chemnitz, Germany. Around 4,500 members of the Alternative for Germany Party (AFP) and the anti-Islam Pegida took part in a march after two immigrants were arrested in relation to the murder of a German […]

Can Mnangagwa Save Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa was inaugurated this past Sunday after the country’s Supreme Court threw out legal challenges to his election win. Mnangagwa previously served as vice president to Robert Mugabe and following a coup d’etat last November, was appointed acting president. While many hope he can usher in a […]

Seeking Asylum In Trump’s America

President Donald Trump has cracked down on immigration in a way that is both illegal and inhumane. While his actions are unsurprising given his pre-election promise to have Mexico build a wall, the impact on immigrant communities has nevertheless been devastating. Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy has led to an increase […]

Egyptian Court Sentences 75 People to Death for Participating in Nonviolent Sit-in

An Egyptian court sentenced 75 people to death this past Saturday for their participation in a 2013 sit-in. The sit-in was in support of former President Mohammed Morsi of the Islamic Brotherhood, who was overthrown in a coup led by current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Although initially peacefully, government forces […]

Bangladeshi Student Protests Continue Amidst Violent Retaliation

Thousands of high school students took to the streets in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka after a boy and girl were hit by a speeding bus early last week. The demonstrators are calling for justice and better road safety measures, including stronger government regulations on drivers. Despite the peaceful nature of the […]

Iran Threatens America With The “Mother Of All Wars”

On Sunday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States against pursuing policies hostile to his country, saying that war with Iran would be “the mother of all wars.” Relations between the two countries took a nosedive this May when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from a 2015 deal over […]

2018 World Cup Reveals Flaws In FIFA’s Human Rights Policies

Millions of eyes are now on Russia, which is in the midst of a human rights crisis, as the FIFA World Cup moves into the semi-finals. FIFA has implemented new policies to promote these rights in host countries like Russia, but the continuation of violent, oppressive practices signals fatal gaps […]