Day: June 2, 2019

Argentina Activists Introduce Bill To Legalize Abortion

In the past week, legislation that seeks to allow “women or other identities with the ability to gestate” to have access to safe and legal abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy was introduced to the National Congress of Argentina. This new legislation seeks to decriminalize pregnancy termination and

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The U.S. and Mexico: A Potential Trade Dispute

On 30 May, President Trump announced that the United States would begin issuing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective 10 June. This threat of tariffs is an ultimatum to the Mexican government to stop the inflow of immigration into the U.S., which mostly comes from Central America. According

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Life Expectancy Stalls In Canada Amid Opioid Crisis

Opioid-related overdoses and deaths have been a significant public health crisis in Canada for some time, with the province of British Columbia (B.C.) having declared a public health emergency in 2016. In B.C. life expectancy fell in 2017, for the second year in a row. Nationally, it is now apparent

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Series Of Blasts Kills Four In Kathmandu

A series of three explosions occurred in Kathmandu on May 26, killing four people and injuring seven others. The blasts in Nepal’s capital mark an end to over a decade of peace since the conclusion of Nepal’s civil war in 2006. There is concern that Sunday’s explosions could signify the

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U.S. Embassy In Honduras Set Ablaze During National Protests

Protestors in Honduras have reportedly set portions of the U.S. Embassy property on fire during recent national demonstrations. The fire was seen only outside of Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, as a result of continuing, and perhaps escalating, demonstrations led primarily by teachers and doctors, according to reports from the Stamford Advocate.

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At Least 29 Inmates Killed In Clashes At Venezuela Jail

At least 29 prisoners were killed and 19 police injured in violent clashes at a prison in Acarigua, Venezuela on May 25, 2019. According to Al Jazeera, the incident occurred when police special forces (known as FAES) tried to intervene in a mass prison break. The FAES became involved when

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Fiery Rhetoric At 2019 Shangri-La Dialogue

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue took place in Singapore between 31 May and 2 June this year. The annual forum, which sees representatives from 28 Asia-Pacific states meeting to discuss current issues, was dominated this year by the emergent conflict between the United States and the

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Prison Violence In Brazil Causes 55 Deaths

A two-day explosion of prison violence has left 55 inmates dead in Manaus, Brazil. The violence began on May 26 when 15 people were fatally strangled or stabbed at the Anísio Jobim prison complex, and spread the following day where another 40 people were killed at three nearby prisons. This

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