Author: Alex Neisuler

El Salvador Police Crackdown Pleases Many, Worries Rights Groups

El Salvador’s National Civil Police stated in a recent intelligence report that around 43,000 gang members still remain at large, or “around 36 percent” of all potential gang-affiliated members in the country, according to Reuters. While the government argues for continued cracking down on crime, some human rights organizations believe

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Libya Floods Kill Thousands

In September 2023, wild floods rampaged through Libya, with the coastal city of Derna facing the worst of the damage. A CNN article, quoting Doctors Without Borders, estimates around 5,000 people dead. Thousands more, they say are missing, somewhere trapped in the rubble of whole buildings collapsing. Due to heavy

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Russian Helicopter Pilot Defects to Ukraine

In August, a helicopter pilot successfully defected from the Russian army, directly over the border to Ukraine. He has recently shared the details of his harrowing escape, chronicled in a C.N.N. article. After secretly contacting intelligence officers in Ukraine, the pilot was able to find a way for himself and

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Philippines Supply Boats Break Through Chinese Blockade

In August 2023, supply boats from the Philippines broke through a Chinese ship blockade. They were attempting to deliver supplies to Filipino forces stationed on the heavily disputed Spratly Islands, part of the greater South China Sea. A BBC article describes a similar supply mission from only two weeks before,

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Refugee Crisis: Focus On The Italian Island Of Lampedusa

In September 2023, boats with 7,000 immigrants from North Africa landed on the small Italian island of Lampedusa. This territory only had a population of around 6,000 before, meaning the amount of people there doubled in only two days. The mayor, Filippo Mannino, has said the immigration crisis in the

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After Drone Strike, Syria To “Repay” Kurdish “Terrorists”

A devastating drone strike hit a military college graduation in Syria in the last week of September. At least 80 people were killed by a drone “carrying explosive ammunition,” the New York Times reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the overall conflict, estimated deaths to be

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Indian Supreme Court To Consider Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Since April 2023, India’s Supreme Court has been considering the possibility of reversing its policy and legalizing gay marriage. The nation has a population of around 1.4 million people, meaning it proportionally has a massive LGBTQ minority. Petitioners have been voicing their desires for change to the courts for a

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Kim Jong Un Orders Sharp Increase in Missile Production

In early August, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un toured his country’s military facilities, ordering a large increase in weapon production. As an NBC news article mentions, this push has coincided with reports that Russia has recently spoken with North Korean officials to sell Russia more weapons to aid in

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Continued Anti-Government Protests Reflect Internal Israeli Turmoil

An already topical country beyond its borders, Israel recently entered into the public discourse after a new government proposed sweeping reforms that many believe threaten its democracy. On July 24th, an amendment to the Israeli constitution was voted in, limiting the Supreme Court’s powers to void some government decisions if

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China Tech Assistance for Russia’s Ukraine War, Intel Reports

Despite refutations by the Chinese government, a U.S. intelligence report recently alleged China is helping the Russian military by providing valuable technology for its war in Ukraine. The review comes from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Records show that China is sending “navigation equipment, jamming technology,

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