Rachel Renz


Parliament Dissolved: Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Continues

After a controversial move where Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena’s fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replacing him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President also dissolved Parliament and called for a snap general election. Sirisena’s actions have been criticized as unconstitutional, and Wickremesinghe has refused to leave his position as Prime […]


Kenya’s Water Crisis

Millions of people around the world lack access to clean water and sanitation services. Water scarcity causes conflict as people and countries compete for the limited resource. As a water scarce country, over 80% of Kenya is arid or semi-arid land. Kenyans depend on water resources not only for drinking, […]


Increasing Pressure For Australia To Release Child Refugees Held On Nauru

In the past week, there has been growing pressure on the Australian government to remove refugees that are being held in detention centres on the island of Nauru. In the by-election on October 20th, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s party lost their majority in the House of Representatives, demonstrating the momentum […]


The Brazilian Election: First Indigenous Woman Elected to Congress

On October 7, 2018, Joenia Wapichana became Brazil’s first indigenous woman elected to Congress.  The very polarizing election – with presidential front runner Jair Bolsonaro making many hostile comments against women, indigenous peoples, and other minority groups – makes Wapichana’s victory even more important.  Brazil’s indigenous population of 900,000 people […]


U.S. Imposes Sanctions On China For Buying Missiles From Russia

On September 20th, the U.S. imposed sanctions on a Chinese military agency for buying defence equipment from Russia.  The sanctions were applied under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was passed in 2017 in response to malign activities by Russia, and it allows anyone found doing business […]


The Newest Wave of Taliban Attacks in Northern Afghanistan

On September 10, the Taliban carried out multiple attacks in Northern Afghanistan, killing at least 52 Afghan security forces. As the latest violence to plague the country, the Taliban attacked police checkpoints in four northern provinces: Kunduz, Jawzjan, Samangan, and Sari Pul. Although United States officials have been meeting directly […]