Author: Alexandra Broughton

Pakistan Needs A Long-Term Recovery Plan After Floods

Pakistan has suffered from the highest summer rainfall totals in over three decades. The recent flash flooding has left one-third of the country submerged in water, and has created catastrophic damage affecting at least 33 million people – about 15 percent of the population – according to Pakistan’s National Disaster

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Tunisian President Saied Holds Referendum, Critics Fear For Democracy

On Monday, July 25th, citizens in Tunisia voted to pass a new constitution in a referendum. Those in opposition to the proposed changes argue that the new constitution will hand President Kais Saied too much power, ultimately demolishing the democratic qualities the country developed after the 2011 revolution. Furthermore, the

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U.S. Simplifies Application Process For Afghan Special Immigrant Visa

On July 18th, a joint statement by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the United States would simplify the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (S.I.V.) process. Beginning that week, the process was shortened to a single form. Previously, applicants were required

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U.N. Selects Former Grenada Minister As Climate Chief

On 15 August 2022, the former Climate Resilience Minister of Grenada, Simon Stiell, was appointed as the new United Nations climate chief. This decision comes just three months before the next round of climate negotiations is to take place at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm

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Two More Grain Ships Sail From Ukraine, None Intended For Africa

Two ships stocked with soybeans and corn left from Black Sea ports in Ukraine on the morning of Monday, August 8th, 2022. Eight ships had already departed from the ports since last week, bringing the total number of departing ships from Ukraine to ten under the new agreement with Russia

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There Needs To Be More Pressure To Fight Iran’s Bahá’í Persecution

Numerous people identifying with the Bahá’í Faith were arrested on 31 July 2022 as a punishment for “spying” on behalf of Israel, just two days before Iranian security forces destroyed the homes of followers of the Bahá’í Faith in Roshankouh, a village in Northern Iran. Iranian officials warned onlookers not

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African Nations Increasing Farm Input Support Amid Food Security Fears

As input costs are rising for African farmers and a food crisis continues to grow, African governments are increasing their support for small farms, according to fertilizer manufacturer Omnia Holdings. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there are fears that higher input prices will severely limit farmers’ ability to harvest

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