Rachel Renz


Mozambique Facing Humanitarian Crisis: Second Tropical Cyclone Of The Year Makes Landfall

On April 25, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado Province, causing widespread damage in the Macomia and Quissanga districts north of Pemba and on the island of Ibo.  The storm has killed at least 41 people and destroyed almost 35,000 homes, along with damage to infrastructure […]


President Of Kazakhstan Resigns

In a televised address on 19 March, Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation. Nazarbayev was president for 30 years, and was the only president independent Kazakhstan has ever known. He was the last Soviet-era leader still in power, and this controlled transition of power allows him to leave office […]


Cubans Ratify New Constitution

On February 24, Cuba held a constitutional referendum whereby the new constitution was ratified by an overwhelming majority however, the amount of dissent has increased from past elections.  The new constitution upholds Cuba’s one-party communist system and centrally planned economy and institutes some changes, such as legitimizing private business and […]


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 […]