South America

Colombia Tightens Border Control As Increasing Venezuelan Migration Continues

In a visit to Cucuta, a small Colombian city bordering Venezuela, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos announced his intention to tighten border control in response to Venezuelan migration into Colombia. President Santos announced  that Colombia will no longer grant temporary border crossing cards, which have already been issued to 1.5 […]

South Africa’s 9/11: Cape Town Water Crisis

16 April 2018. The day in which one of Africa’s most affluent cities, Cape Town, is predicted to run out of water. After a one-in-384-year drought and a 79% increase in population growth since 1994, according to The Guardian, South Africa’s second-largest city has been affected by climate change a decade […]

Police-Targeting Bomb Strikes Threaten Colombian Security

A series of bombings in Colombia this past weekend targeted police stations and put civilians at risk. Saturday morning, two assailants riding a motorcycle flung a bomb at the Barranquilla police station. According to CNN, five police officers were killed in the attack, and 42 were injured. Later that night, […]

Pope’s Peruvian Peace Effort And Advocating for Mapuche Rights Undermined By His Slander Statement In Chile

On Thursday January 18th, Pope Francis arrived in internally conflicted Peru. The country has been disrupted by violent protests since the Christmas Eve pardoning of former President Alberto Fujimori from his 25-year corruption sentence on medical grounds. Current President Pablo Kuczynski had hoped, according to the BBC, that the Pope would […]

Protesters, Human Rights Advocates In Outrage Over Pardon Of Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori

On Thursday, the 12th of January, tens of thousands marched in the Peruvian capital of Lima for the fourth time since President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned divisive former President Alberto Fujimori on Christmas Eve. They shouted “traitor” and “the pardon has got to go,” demanding its reversal and Kuczynski’s resignation. […]

Canada Expels Venezuelan Ambassador

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced the expulsion of Venezuelan Ambassador Wilmer Barrientos Fernandez and Diplomat Angel Herrera on Monday. Herrera had already been withdrawn from Canada by his government in protest against Canadian sanctions earlier this year, and Barrientos Fernandez had already been abroad. The Canadian Minister’s […]

The Impact Of The Presidential Election On Abortion Laws In Chile

On December 17th, 2017, billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera was elected as President of Chile. Pinera is a member of the National Renewal political party, which is a liberal conservative party. Such a party combines liberal and conservative stances, with the conservative stances largely influencing social and ethical concerns. One such […]