Day: June 13, 2021

IAEA Monitoring May Prove Crucial To Nuclear Deal

Over the last week, Iran and the United States revived discussions over rejoining the nuclear deal from 2015 in Vienna. These discussions continue in the wake of the U.N. watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) extending its recently expired monitoring agreement of Iran through June 18, per Reuters. The extension

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E.U. Forces Train Malian Soldiers To Strike Jihadist Insurgents From Afar

European forces are training Malian soldiers to strike jihadists from afar following increased military presence linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Mali. Foreign troops have been in Mali since 2012 to offer military support to the overwhelmed Mali security forces, but the ousting of President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéïta

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World Bank Releases Report On Growing Food Insecurity

The World Bank released an analysis of the rising food insecurity rates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, released on May 20th, 2021, stated that “COVID-19 impacts have led to severe and widespread increases in global food insecurity, affecting vulnerable households in almost every country, with impacts expected

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African Union And Chad Junta Seek Peaceful Transition Of Power

On May 20th, 2021, the African Union (AU), a continental body of African countries, called for a “democratic transition” for the Chad government within 18 months. This announcement follows the death of Chad’s President Idriss Deby last month during a battle with the Front for Change and Concord in Chad

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Skyrocketing Food Insecurity And Malnutrition A Cause For Concern In Madagascar

The East African nation of Madagascar is currently facing a humanitarian crisis in the form of widespread food insecurity and famine-like conditions. The combination of the effects of COVID-19 and continuous droughts has seen malnutrition numbers skyrocket. International organizations have warned that the situation will only continue to deteriorate if

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Strides Towards Peace In Libya: Progress And Elections

October 23rd, 2020 marks the day Libya agreed to initiate a ceasefire. On May 21st, 2021 the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Libya, Ján Kubiš, reported the progress towards achieving peace in Libya. The key two successful initiatives include the launch of a Libyan Political Dialogue forum and the initiation

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Mali Announces Promised Election Amid Strike, Popular Discontent

The interim Malian government has announced elections for February 2022, preceded by a constitutional referendum in October of this year. This announcement follows through on the government’s promise to hold elections within an 18-month timespan of the military coup last August. Due to poor governance and corruption, and amid economic

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Will China Relax Birth Policy?

Sources say that China is expected to relax its birth policy, but China is wary of social risks. With a low 2020 fertility rate, China has a serious problem; their population is aging. With an aging population, more people will want to retire, and there will not be enough workers

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