Author: Abigail Young

Before COP26: G20 Admits That Climate Change Goals Are Not Met

At the beginning of November, nearly 200 countries will meet in Glasgow for climate talks and to discuss the next steps related to the 2015 Paris Agreement. The summit, officially called the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, is the 26th iteration, hence its short labelling ‘COP26.’ According

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Understanding U.S. Imperialism In Afghanistan

On 15 August, Kabul fell to the Taliban. For many this resembled the Fall of Saigon, and attention across the international community turned to Afghanistan. Earlier this summer, President Biden decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This provided reasonable suspicion for many that the Taliban would take advantage of

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The Perils Of Democracy A Decade After The Arab Spring In Tunisia

Recently in Tunisia, protesters and activists have taken to the streets to maintain pressure on the President, Kais Saied, to hold a referendum on the constitution. These activists, while they are indeed putting pressure on Saied, are more supportive of him than they are of the parliamentary system — a

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International Envoy In Bosnia Receives Pushback And A Cold Welcome

On 2 August, German politician Christian Shmidt became the newest international envoy to assume the position of the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia. His appointment has received consistent pushback from Bosnian Serb politicians and Russia. The Office of the High Representative is a position that was initially

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Brazilians Demand Bolsonaro’s Impeachment Over COVID-19 Response

On 24 July, Brazilians took to the streets to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro and demand his impeachment. The far-right president has received criticism for the way that the COVID-19 pandemic was handled. But Bolsonaro’s response to the pandemic follows a host of other problems regarding his leadership. Data published

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Israel Attempts Attack Over Aleppo In Effort To Stunt Iranian Control

On Monday, July 19th, Syrian air defenses intercepted an attempted Israeli attack over Aleppo. The area of Syria which Israeli forces were aiming at has a strong Iranian presence, which is in line with Israel’s consistent efforts to shut down Iranian military development and control of the region. Israel, allied

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New Reforms To The EU Common Agricultural Policy Are Fairer And Greener

On June 25th, the European Union’s member states approved a deal that improves the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The CAP was originally created to support EU farmers and ensure that they earn a sustainable living, as well as help mitigate climate change through environmentally sustainable farming, according to the European

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Aung San Suu Kyi On Trial In Myanmar

Recently in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize winner and former State Counsellor of Myanmar, has been put on trial for five charges. Most importantly, the illegal possession of walkie-talkies and breaking Covid-19 regulations during her campaign for elections. On February 1st, 2021, the military took power in a

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After Years Of Conflict, Finding A Sustainable Peace In Yemen

In 2015, Saudi Arabia began a military campaign to unseat the Houthis, an indigenous Yemeni insurgency group. They ousted Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemin’s interim president since 2012, who was meant to serve as a transitional leader. The Saudi-led coalition began this campaign for several reasons, mainly because they wanted to

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Indian Court Calls For Reforms To Advance LGBTQ+ Rights

As Pride Month continues in India, we can look internationally to see the strides being made to advance the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and others (LGBTQ+) community. Recently, in India, a High Court called for reforms that create safer spaces and more respectful rules for the

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