Author: Alejandro Alvarez

How To Vaccinate The Unvaccinated

When the United States first authorized the three COVID vaccines, vaccination centers could hardly keep up with public demand. However, demand peaked in March. Since then, steadily fewer Americans have gotten the vaccine. At the moment, only about 50 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. Approximately more than

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Israel Blames Maritime Drone Attack on Iran

On July 19th, an unmanned drone crashed into the MV Mercer Street tanker off the coast of Oman. Two people were killed: a British national and a Romanian. The ship was owned by Zodiac Maritime, an international management company headquartered in London and run by Eyal Ofer, an Israeli shipping

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Brazilian Public Favors Impeachment of Bolsonaro

On July 10, a Brazilian poll conducted by Datafolha revealed that 54% of Brazilians support opening the impeachment process against President Bolsonaro. According to the same pollster, 51% of Brazilians disapproved of Bolsonaro’s presidency, a record high during his tenure.  Over the last couple of weeks, Brazilians have taken to

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Lukashenko Closes Off Belarus

On 28 June, Belarus announced new travel restrictions, essentially closing the nation’s borders. Under these new guidelines, the government will prevent Belarusians with long-term residence permits in other countries from leaving Belarus. The government claims these restrictions are temporary and meant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but they are

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New COVID-19 Lockdown Throws Dhaka Into Crisis

On June 27th, thousands of migrant workers fled Dhaka, Bangladesh over upcoming COVID-19 restrictions. Bangladesh has imposed restrictions on movement and activities since the middle of April, but recently, the government released novel guidelines that would severely limit movement within the country. These new policies attempt to contain a new

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Iran Elects Hardliner In Dubious Election

On June 18th, Ebrahim Raisi gained enough votes to win Iran’s presidential election and secure Iran’s second most powerful political position. In total, he received 61.95% of the vote in an election with a record low turnout of 48.8%. However, Raisi’s win was not unexpected; Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei endorsed

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Pope Francis Calls For Summit Of Lebanese Christian Community Leaders

On May 30th, Pope Francis announced that Lebanese Christian leaders would meet him in the Vatican on July 1st to address Lebanon’s economic and political crisis. During the summit, the Pope plans to reflect on the crisis and discuss potential action plans. Pope Francis expressed through Vatican News that the

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Oman Erupts In Protests Over Unemployment

On May 23rd, protests sparked across major urban areas in Oman to express discontent with the current unemployment crisis. Predominantly peaceful demonstrators—made up of unemployed youth—were met with police violence, tear gas, and unlawful arrests in Sohar. Parallel to these developments, protests also erupted in Dhofar and Salalah. According to

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The G7 Must Take Initiative

As the G7 leaves Cornwall, these countries’ leaders tried crafting solutions regarding a variety of issues with COVID-19 recovery and environmental policy at the top of the agenda. The G7 is a group of the globe’s most “advanced economies,” including the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany,

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U.S. Tiptoes Through Sanctions Minefield Toward Iran Nuclear Deal

Iranian officials and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) failed to extend a nuclear inspection agreement on Sunday, May 23. For the last three months, Iran and the IAEA agreed upon video recording inspections of Iranian nuclear sites, but Iran’s hard-line, conservative parliament derailed an expected extension of this agreement

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Sino-U.S. Relations Sour Over New U.S. Taiwan Policy

On April 13th, Zhao Lijian—a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson—warned the U.S. “not to play with fire” after being asked by a reporter about new U.S. diplomatic policy. The week before, the Biden administration lifted former restrictions on diplomats regarding meeting with Taiwanese officials. Additionally, the State Department released guidelines highlighting

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