Author: Marie Edouard

Islamists Attack Three French Military Bases In Mali

On November 30, a group of Al-Qaeda linked fighters launched several rockets at three French bases in Northern Mali. The attack is remarkable for the level of coordination required, and amount of force levied against foreign forces. A spokesperson for the French forces, which number over 5,000 in the Sahel

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U.S. Plans Sanctions On Iranians For Violence Against Protestors, Sources Say

The U.S. has announced plans to shortly implement sanctions against individuals and entities involved in perpetuating violence against Iranian citizens involved in the anti-government demonstrations that occurred in November of 2019. The protests came after the Iranian government announced a 50%-200% increase in gas prices. Citizens responded by taking to

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Mali And France At Odds Over Talks With Islamist Militants 

Earlier this month, the Malian interim Prime Minister declared a willingness to enter into a dialogue with Islamist militants, much to the dissatisfaction of its former colonial power, France. The militants, many of whom posses ties to Al-Qaeda and ISIL, have filled vacuums created by poor regulation and have now

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U.S. Says ‘Quad’ Nations Ready To Work With Others For A Free, Open Indo-Pacific

Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department acknowledged an informal meeting held between the U.S., India, Australia, and Japan to discuss curbing and regulating China’s growing regional influence. These countries, collectively known as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or ‘the Quad’ for short, have committed to increasing their role in maritime

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Ethiopia Bans Flights Over Dam For Security Reasons

Ethiopia has banned all aircraft from flying over its new hydropower dam, according to a spokesperson for the Ethiopian Air Force. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been the subject of a notable dispute involving several African countries. Prominent members of the Ethiopian Air Force have stated that the

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Tsikhanouskaya Seeks Meeting With Macron In Vilnius

According to her advisors, the leader of the Belarus opposition party, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has communicated a desire and willingness to meet with French President Emanuel Macron. The proposed meeting would take place in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, where Macron will be for a visit later this week. An

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UN Rights Chief Discussing Visit To Xinjiang With China

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced at a UN gathering in Geneva on September 14th, that she is in discussions with Chinese authorities regarding a possible visit to the Xinjiang region. The announcement comes amidst growing criticism and controversy surrounding the treatment of the ethnic

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UN Calls For Probe After Two Girls Die In Paraguay Raid

The United Nations is calling for an in-depth investigation into the killing of two 11-year old girls in Paraguay that occurred earlier this month. The deaths occurred during a military operation in northern Paraguay aimed at the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The EPP is a militant rebel group operating in

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Hotel Rwanda Film Hero Paul Rusesabagina Held On Terror Charges

Paul Rusesabagina, a figure known most notably for inspiring the film Hotel Rwanda, is being held on terror charges. Rusesabagina rose to prominence for saving 1,200 Rwandans during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His story and acts of bravery served as the inspiration for the critically acclaimed 2004 film, Hotel Rwanda.

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EU Rejects Belarus Vote

The European Union has rejected the results of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus and is now moving to impose sanctions against those involved in corrupting the results. The decision came amid the ongoing protests in the capital city of Belarus, Minsk, where thousands have taken to the streets to

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