Madeline Distasio

Writer and Editor

Location icon United States of America



BORGEN Magazine
Le Pen's Citizenship Announcement to Affect French Jewry

PARIS - French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen recently stated that if she wins the election, she will ban French dual citizenship with non-European Union nations, barring Russia. Le Pen's citizenship announcement quickly garnered backlash, particularly from Jews holding French-Israeli dual citizenship. Le Pen, the leader of the National Front Party, is tough on immigration.

BORGEN Magazine
GEM Launch Calls for Collaboration to Improve Education in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana - In November, Ghana's Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, formally launched the 2016 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report; Education for People and Planet. The launch was held at the University of Education, Winneba.

BORGEN Magazine
Bill To Reinstate Iran Sanctions Could Stunt Development

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - A new piece of legislation aimed at reinstating the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 was introduced to the House of Representatives Representative Edward R. Royce (R-CA) on November 14, 2016. The bill was passed in the House one day later and presented to President Obama on December 2, 2016.

The Borgen Project
New World Bank Funding Structure Has Implications for U.S. Influence

One proposal in a recent Center for Global Development (CGD) report focuses on restructuring multilateral institutions to better suit developmental needs. A new World Bank funding structure presented at the organization's most recent replenishment conference aligns with CGD directives. As more nations climb out of extreme poverty, the capacity in which foreign aid is needed evolves.

BORGEN Magazine
CGD Transitional Memos Point White House To Foreign Aid Issues

SEATTLE - In light of the recent election, scholars from the Center for Global Development (CGD) have drafted transitional memos for incoming president-elect Donald Trump. The memos are designed to point the new administration to global issues that should be addressed over the next four years.

BORGEN Magazine
University Uses Higher Education to Address Hunger and Extremism in Nigeria

YOLA, Nigeria-Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President of Nigeria and founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), deliberately built his school in Yola, one of the country's poorest towns, to foster growth and development. As part of a new project for peace, AUN volunteers present locals with opportunities for growth in an effort to counteract extremism in Nigeria, particularly in the northeast.

BORGEN Magazine
Why Localization Could Be the Key to Overcoming Xenophobia

SEATTLE - In September, the U.N. held a summit to address the growing migrant crisis. Over the course of the meeting, world leaders from the Member States discussed core issues exacerbating the problem. One of those issues was xenophobia. Xenophobic rhetoric contributes to global distrust of refugees.

BORGEN Magazine
Why Equal Education and Women's Rights Are One in the Same

Although we often think of equal education as being symptomatic of access to basic human rights, evidence suggests that access to education actually fosters equality. If schooling is used as a tool against injustice, education and women's rights become indelibly tied to create a strong line of defense against oppression.

BORGEN Magazine
New Foreign Aid Bill Puts Stronger Emphasis On Accountability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Building on the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has presented a new foreign aid bill on the Senate floor. The bill, S.3210, was introduced on July 14, 2016. It proposes the adoption of a tier system to evaluate corruption in countries that receive aid from the United States.

BORGEN Magazine
Sub-Saharan Africa Will Hold 90 Percent of Children Living in Poverty

SEATTLE - The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) predicts that sub-Saharan Africa will be home to 90 percent of all children living in poverty and 43 percent of all impoverished people worldwide by 2030. As stated in its report, "The emerging face of residual world poverty is the face of an African child."

BORGEN Magazine
National Libraries Adopt Sustainable Development Goals

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Representatives from national libraries around the world convened at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on August 5, 2016. The gathering focused on outlining the ways in which library programs are implementing Sustainable Development Goals put forth by the U.N.

BORGEN Magazine
Newest OPIC Spending Report Shows Support for Poorer Nations

SEATTLE - In recent years, distribution of funds from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has fallen under scrutiny for sending money to wealthier nations while largely neglecting the world's poor. After taking a closer look at the OPIC spending report, Jared Kalow and Ben Leo of the Center for Global Development (CGD) noticed alarming investment patterns between 2002 and 2014.

BORGEN Magazine
Researchers are Using Soybeans to Tackle Malnutrition in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana - As part of an ongoing initiative between USAID, Malnutrition Matters and the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), soy milk provisions distributed to struggling Ghanaian communities are filling nutrition gaps. With the introduction of SoyCow machines, one small bean can keep children in school and turn everyday people into entrepreneurs.

Arts & Culture

America, Meet Joanne: Gaga's Latest Album and the Importance of Exchange

You could use any number of words to describe the 2016 election cycle - dizzying, frantic, desperate, traumatic, loud, relentless. One that typically doesn't come up is "conversational." There's no room for exchange, no back-and-forth that isn't cacophonous. We're trapped in a political screaming match. We're listening not to understand, but to retaliate.
16 Intersectional Feminist Documentaries That Everyone Should See

On its face, feminism isn't a hard concept to grasp. It's the belief that there should be equality among genders. There should be equal pay for equal work. Violence against marginalized people should be prosecuted to the same degree as violence that affects those with privilege. Everyone should have full bodily autonomy.
(Un)Ethical Fashion: A Scary Truth About Cheap Clothing Brands We Love

When you're on a budget, there's nothing quite as alluring as those big, red letters outside everyone's favorite store at the mall: H&M. The same is true for the fluorescent signage above Forever 21 and the familiar red box that tells you you're at Uniqlo.
Celebrating 10 Years of Lady Gaga: 20 Lady Gaga Singles, Ranked

Fellow Monsters, rejoice! We could've been plopped onto this spinning hellscape of a planet at any time, but we're fortunate enough to be alive at the same time as queen of all queens, Lady Gaga - and we have an important anniversary coming up.

MIND Magazine
Janus Faced: The Postmodern Identity of Made in Italy

If we boil the 'Made in Italy' brand down to simple verbiage, the whole thing is a non-issue. If something is not literally made in Italy, why is it 'Made in Italy'? Upon closer examination, the answer isn't so simple.


Beyond the Beauty - Freelance Copywriting
5 Festival-Friendly Hairstyles You Need To Try This Year

The time has come for people around the world to get ready for what's arguably the best time of the year: festival season. From seeing their favorite musicians live to taking some much-needed time to let loose, those who frequent festivals wait impatiently all year for days full of music, sun, fun, and most importantly, style.

Beyond the Beauty - Freelance Copywriting
Here's The One Hair Product You'll Definitely Need This Spring

If you can't get enough of your favorite beauty and lifestyle bloggers on social media, you've probably seen one trend popping up time and again as we move into spring: long, luxe ponytails. Whether they're sitting sleek on the crown or taking it easy on the nape of the neck, ponytails are perfect for when hot weather rolls around.

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