Author: Aliye Volkan

Protests Pressure U.S. To Reopen Its Economy And End Lockdown

Despite the advised precautions such as social distancing and wearing protective masks and gloves, many Americans gathered to protest. In more than 17 states, residents gathered and rallied to the government’s decision to close the country’s economy and the lockdown. According to the Labor Department, the closure of businesses (due

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Spain Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

On 12 April, Spain decided to ease the lockdown enforced on 27 March. As COVID-19’s spread slowed down and the number of daily deaths started to decrease, the Spanish government decided to allow construction and manufacturing businesses to reopen. The Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the continuation of the state

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U.S. Designates Russian White Supremacist Group As Terrorist Organization

On April 6, the United States has designated a supremacist group the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), as a global terrorist organization and the group’s leaders — Stanislav Anatolyevich Vorobyev, Denis Valliullovich Gariev, and Nikolay Nikolayevich Trushchalov — as global terrorists. With the designation, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets

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Jordan Eases Lock-down After The Crisis Caused By The Strict Curfew

Jordan is one of the countries that has adopted strict measures to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. The detection of their first case on March 14 followed by an indefinite lock-down imposed on March 21 led to chaos nation-wide. Following this, Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz announced that they will

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Rouhani Calls On U.S. To Lift Sanctions

On Sunday, March 23rd, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called American leaders to lift sanctions in order to prove their sincerity in helping Iran cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Rouhani said in a televised speech directed at American leaders, “You have blocked Iran’s oil exports, you have stopped Iran’s banking transactions…

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No News On Ethiopian Students Kidnapped On December 2019

On December 2019, 18 students from Dembi Dolo University in western Ethiopia were abducted, allegedly by the Oromo Liberty Front (OLF) while travelling to the capital Addis Ababa through Gambella. 14 women and 4 male, mostly ethnic Amharas students were feeling from ethnic violence and threats in their university located

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Fundamentalist Sect In Peruvian Congress

After Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra dissolved the Congress as a part of his “anti-corruption” agenda in September, Peru held elections on January 26th. Peruvian people replaced the entire Congress and gave 15 congressional seats to the Agricultural People’s Front of Peru (FREPAP) with 1 million votes, after 40 years. The

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Argentina’s New President Promises To Legalize Abortion

On March 1st, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced that he will send a bill legalizing abortion to Congress within the next ten days. His initiative will be followed by sexual education and pregnancy prevention programs. Fernandez’s new bill will change the current abortion law that only allows abortion in cases

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Iran’s Attempt To Preserve Shi’ite Power In Iraq

Both the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the October Revolution protests began in October 2019 weakened Iran’s grasp on Iraq. To re-establish its influence over the country, Iran decided to make a deal with the Shi’ite cleric Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, who has been an influential figure in the

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The EU’s Mission To Enforce Arms Embargo On Libya

On February 17, the European Union (EU) agreed to launch a mission to enforce the United Nation’s (UN) arms embargo on Libya which was imposed by the UN Security Council in 2011. However, the embargo has been violated for many times by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia in

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Georgian Opposition Leader Sentenced To Three More Years In Prison

On February 10th, an opposition politician from the European Georgia Party, Gigi Ugulava, was sentenced to three years and two months in prison by the Supreme Court of Georgia. The Supreme Court found Ugulava guilty for misspending 48 million Georgian Lira (GEL) while serving as the mayor of Tbilis. Georgia

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First Turkish Casualties In Syria

On February 3rd, Turkey received news of 8 martyrs in bordering Syrian region, Idlib. According to the Turkish Ministry of National Defence, 7 military personnel and one civilian were killed, and 13 were wounded under Syrian fire. According to BBC Turkey, the Syrian army attacked a convoy of the reinforcement

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China Temporarily Bans Its Wildlife Trade

Twenty days after the coronavirus’s first appearance on the news, Chinese officials announced a temporary ban on wild animal trade to prevent the spreading of the virus on the 26th of January. China’s decision to ban wild animal trade came after the director of China Center for Disease Control and

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Haftar Leaves Moscow Without Signing Peace Agreement

On Monday, January 13, Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), and Fayez Al-Sarraj, the Prime Minister of Libya, met in Moscow for peace negotiations. After France’s failed attempt to broker peace among warring sides in 2019, Russia and Turkey took it upon themselves to mediate a

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