Day: May 14, 2017

Artillery Shelling Kills Four Civilians In Eastern Ukraine

Four civilians have been killed by artillery shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiyivka on Saturday, May 13th. Ukrainian officials blamed pro-Russian separatists for the deaths. Furthermore, a statement by Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the Ukrainian Governor of the Donetsk region, claimed that the shell hit a private house and “three

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Tensions Persist In Yangon

This week, authorities in Yangon have arrested two Buddhist hard-line nationalists following raids conducted by the Patriotic Monks Union (PMU) on flats in a predominantly Muslim district of Yangon, Myanmar. Two weeks ago, the PMU forced the closure of two Islamic schools. Both incidents represent another episode in the long

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Poland: Restoring Plurality Or A Threat To Democracy?

Protest action from those opposing the Law and Justice Party shows no sign of stopping. In Warsaw on 6 May 2017, tens of thousands of people marched to show their disapproval of the Law and Justice Party strengthening of their central power and limiting by regulating the power of democracy.

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South Korea Scraps Rewrite Of History Books

In 2015, the South Korean government, under Park Guen-Hye, pushed to issue compulsory state-authored history textbooks in schools. This occurred after the Ministry of Education called for a revision of Korean history textbooks in 2013. Park’s father, Park Chung-Hee introduced state-issued textbooks in 1973, but by 2003, the use of

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Democracy In The Era Of Trump: The Demise Of The Free Press

Public News Service journalist, Daniel Heyman, was arrested this week when he attempted to question Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), about the American Health Care Act (AHCA) at the West Virginia State Capitol. On Tuesday, Price and senior White House aide, Kellyanne Conway, paid a

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Missing And Murdered In Mexico

Corruption and drug-related violence in Mexico are not new phenomena, nor is the relationship between the two new. According to the BBC, conservative estimates of drug-related deaths in Mexico are at about 23,000 people for the year of 2016. However, this total is likely to continue rising, as more mass

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The Expansion Of Oil Extraction Versus The Indigenous Amazonians

A human rights publication, Intercontinental Cry reported that on May 11th, thousands of Amazonian indigenous people marched through the streets of South America, including Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil to protest against the expansion of oil extraction in the Amazon. As oil blocks often consist of regions that are home to

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