Matthew Simmons


About Matthew Simmons

Matthew is a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Journalism at the University of Rochester.

Proposed Government Coalition Rejected By Swedish Parliament

Following a two month period since Sweden held its last general election, the representatives of the Riksdag, Sweden’s national legislature, rejected the proposed minority coalition which would have been led by the nation’s second largest party, the Moderates. The vote which was held on the 14th, came in at 195 […]


South Korea’s Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of Conscientious Objection To Military Service 1

On Thursday, South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled that men can legally reject mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds without punishment. This decision comes after years of South Korean law that required able-bodied men to serve at least two years in the nation’s military. In 2004, the Supreme Court […]


Maldives Opposition Claims Election Victory

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition presidential candidate in the Maldives, claimed victory in the election early morning on Monday, Sept. 24. Solih defeated incumbent President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in what was described as “unexpected” by the Associated Press. Many voters believed there would be fraud committed by the President and […]


Relaunch Of Saudi-led Offensive In Yemen Puts Millions At Risk

The Saudi Arabian coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen relaunched its offensive to reclaim the city of Hodeidah. The attack began in June this year, despite criticism from organizations like the UN and UNICEF that the battle would prevent millions from accessing humanitarian aid. The UN took significant efforts to […]


UN Demands Prosecutions In Myanmar For Actions Against Rohingya Muslims

Last week, investigators working for the United Nations (UN) came forward and declared that Myanmar’s top military officials should be prosecuted for their actions against the Rohingya people, which they claim were performed with “genocidal intent.” In a move the Associated Press noted as “unusual,” the report specifically identified six […]