Author: Andrew Hoffman

An Update On The Iran Nuclear Deal

On November 29th, 2021, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made an urgent request to world leaders to continue to put pressure on Iran’s nuclear program and not lift the current sanctions. These remarks came amidst nuclear negotiations that were set to resume on Monday concerning the situation in Tehran. This

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Venezuela And Refugees

Last Monday on October 25th, 2021, Reuters published an article warning of a potential new crisis at the Colombian border. Nicolás Maduro, the leader of the left-wing authoritative dictatorship in Venezuela, announced that this month it was reopening its side of the 1,379-mile border it shares with Colombia. Due to

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Updates On The Iran-Israel Nuclear Dispute

As September 27th, new details have broken in regards to the Iranian-Israeli nuclear dispute. On Monday the current Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett addressed the UN General Assembly accusing Iran of violating nearly all of its Nuclear treaties, and that Israel would take bold measures (with or without the

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Mozambique, The IMF, And Manuel Chang

As of August 23rd, the South African government made the announcement that they will be extraditing the former Finance Minister Manuel Chang to his home country of Mozambique. He maintains that he has committed no wrongdoing. Mozambique will determine his involvement in a $2 billion debt and embezzlement scandal that

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The PMF, Iran, And Recent Drone Strikes

On July 26th, concerning information broke out from an Iranian paramilitary group. On Monday of that week, a member group of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) claimed that two drone strike attacks at dawn targeted one of their ammunition depots. Interestingly, no group has claimed responsibility for the act. While

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Myanmar, Sanctions, and the Path to Peace

On March 22, the situation in Myanmar became increasingly tense, as the Biden administration and the EU both imposed a new round of sanctions on the military regime that recently came to power. While the OWP and myself in particular have covered the situation’s development before, I feel it is

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Addressing And Discussing The Myanmar Coup

On Sunday, February 14th, protests in Myanmar escalated further, as the military junta in control of the government deployed more armoured vehicles. These largely civilian-filled protests were sparked when the Myanmar military overthrew the previous democratic government and jailed former leader and Nobel Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi. These

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Mexico, Cienfuegos, And The New Biden Administration

This Monday, January 19th, President Andrés Obrador of Mexico clarified his stance on the current diplomatic scuffle between the U.S. government and the Mexican government. He stated that the new Biden administration would understand Mexico’s position on the Cienfuegos situation and that relations would be “very good”. The Cienfuegos situation

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China Jails Citizen Journalist For Coronavirus Reporting In Wuhan

On October 28th, news broke out that Chinese authorities had sentenced citizen-journalist Zhang Zhan to four years in prison. Zhang’s “crime”? Her documentation of Wuhan residents’ desperation at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in China. This documentation contradicted state media depictions of how the government was handling the pandemic

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Russian And Rwandan Involvement In The Central African Republic

Monday December 21st, 2020, Antoine Rolland from Reuters published a short article titled, “Russia, Rwanda send military support to the Central Africa Republic to quell election violence.” While this article was titled a “3 Minute Read” and was thus relatively short, it was able to provide some useful insight into

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On Recent Russian Hacking

On December 14th, Reuters published a short “one minute read” titled “Suspected Russian hackers breached U.S. Department of Homeland Security sources.” The article argues that this breach was part of a massive Russian hacking campaign to penetrate the U.S. departments of Treasury and Commerce. As the hackers were able to

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U.S. Slaps Sanctions On 14 Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong Crackdown

On December 7th, the United States levied sanctions against 14 members of the Chinese government and their immediate family in response to Beijing’s infringements on Hong Kong’s democratic rights. Despite the 1977 One Country Two Systems treaty, China has increasingly been taking authoritarian steps to control Hong Kong’s government. Formerly

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An Update On The Nigerian SARS Protests

Earlier this Monday, on November 30th, Reuters published a story detailing a concerning update in the state of relations between the protestors and government, in Nigeria’s recent police brutality protests. According to multiple allegations, including the personal testimony of one Onomene Adene, protestors of the Nigerian government’s SARS police unit

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Egyptian Civil Rights Activist Allegedly Kept In Solitary Confinement

On November 23rd 2020, news broke out of Cairo from reputable news sources NPR and Reuters, that Gasser Abdel Razek, one of the three heads of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, was consistently held in solitary confinement by Egyptian Officials. This news came from Gasser’s legal team after Gasser

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Nigerian Authorities Return Police Brutality Activist’s Passport

According to a report on November 9th, 2020 from Reuters, Nigerian Immigration Authorities have recently returned a passport to one Modupe Odele. Odele was a lawyer, who arranged for the legal defenses for protestors in the recent October Nigerian police brutality protests. The returning of Odele’s passport and the subsequent

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Poland, Belarus, Intersectionalism, And Hope

Recently, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, the highest court in the country, imposed a near total ban on abortion, sparking protests throughout the nation. As of October 30th, the Polish government banned abortions due to fetal abnormalities increasing the government’s already restrictive policies towards abortion. This action is an invasion of the

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