Daily Archives: June 17, 2019

Chinese Extradition Bill Sparks Protests For A Second Weekend

Last weekend,  riot police clashed with hundreds of thousands of protestors in Hong Kong as they protested against a new law that will allow extraditions to China, among other jurisdictions. According to the Guardian, this law threatens Hong Kong’s current status as a safe haven for political opponents of the […]

Venezuela Reopens Border With Colombia After Four Months

Thousands of Venezuelans entered Colombia to buy food and medicine after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the partial reopening of the country’s border with Colombia. Since last Saturday, citizens have been crossing via the Simon Bolivar bridge, which had previously been shut down for the past four months. This is […]

Hong Kong To Push Ahead With Extradition Law Despite Protests

Chinese President, Xi Jinping and Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, have attempted to push an extradition bill that would reform the Chinese judicial system entirely. The proposed law would allow trial extraditions to mainland China in an attempt to create a more thorough Chinese judicial system. Prior to this, […]

Fayez Al-Sarraj Proposes Elections For Libya In The Absence Of A Ceasefire In Tripoli

On June 16th, Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya suggested that elections and the creation of a “Libyan congress” could move the country toward a peaceful end to the ongoing war. The proposal comes in the midst of continued conflict in Tripoli where GNA forces […]

Nizar Zakka Set To Return Home After Being Held In Iran

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese IT expert with permanent United States residency, was released from Iranian custody on June 11, 2019. Zakka was arrested in Tehran in 2015 after being convicted for espionage on behalf of the U.S. government, charges he denies. The Iranian courts sentenced Zakka to 10 years of […]

Power Outages In Argentina And Uruguay – A New Kind Of Humanitarian Crisis?

Early on 16 June, a power outage in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, parts of Paraguay, and southern Brazil, was felt by over 48 million people. Both Argentina and Uruguay were left in darkness until supply began to return in the early afternoon. While the power failure was reportedly due to a […]