Daily Archives: August 7, 2017


New Venezuelan Assembly Opens Amid Opposition Protests

Despite strong domestic and international opposition, President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling party installed a new constituent assembly in Venezuela on Friday, August 4th, following the controversial and much anticipated election earlier in the week. The new legislative body has granted itself supreme power over existing institutions in Venezuela, as well as […]


Herat Hit By Suicide Bombing Leaving 29 Dead

Two attackers stormed a Muslim Shi’ite mosque in Western Afghanistan’s Herat Province earlier this week, killing at least 29 and seriously injuring 60 in an attack that has been claimed by the ‘Islamic State’ group. The attackers were a suicide bomber and terrorist armed with an automatic rifle; both are […]


Canada Sees Unprecedented Surge Of Haitian Asylum Seekers

In recent weeks, Quebec has seen an unprecedented surge of predominantly Haitian asylum seekers entering the province from the United States – in part due to fears regarding changes in immigration policy under the Trump administration – prompting the opening of a temporary housing centre in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. According […]


The Legitimacy Of The Rwandan Election

On the 5th of August, Rwanda’s electoral commission announced that President Paul Kagame won his third term in office following having received 98.63% of the votes. Many believe that Kagame’s fierce levels of support come from having overseen the end of the Rwandan genocide. Rwanda is a small landlocked country […]


Venezuela’s Crisis Continues As Maduro’s Government Gains Power

Friday, August 4th marked the first session of Venezuela’s Constitutional Assembly since the controversial election on July 30th. The assembly was given authority to rewrite former President Hugo Chavez’s 1999 Constitution. President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela says that the assembly will pacify the fractured country and the […]


Election Official Found Dead Days Before Kenya Election

Days before the general election in Kenya, which is scheduled for August 8, 2017, Christopher Msando, head of information technology for Kenya’s Integrated Electoral Management System, was found dead on July 31. His department was tasked with voter identification and result transmission technology for the upcoming election. His body was […]


North Korea Hit With New Sanctions By The UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) imposed a new set of sanctions on North Korea on August 5th, responding to the growing tension surrounding Pyongyang’s recent testing of ballistic missiles. In a unanimous decision, Resolution 2371 passed through the Security Council with 15 votes in favour. These sanctions involve a significant […]


Venezuelan Attorney General Who Opposes President Removed From Office

On Saturday, August 5, Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega was forcibly removed from office in what she deemed to be a “siege” of power. She posted a number of photos on social media depicting the large number of troops surrounding her building and tweeted that she “denounce[d] this arbitrary act […]