Author: Belize Combs

Systemic Sexual Abuse In Egypt

In July 2021, the New York Times published a report outlining systemic sexual abuse in hospitals, prisons and police custody. This report has continued to shed light on women’s issues in the country, which Egypt has claimed to be fixing for at least a decade. Sexual abuse is an issue for Egyptian

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The EU’s New Climate Plan

On Wednesday, July 14th, the European Union (EU) announced legislation to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and bring Europe to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. There are 12 new legislative proposals to help accomplish this goal. Some of the most prominent are eliminating the sale of new gas and diesel

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The Assassination Of Haitian President Moïse And Its Consequences

Early Wednesday morning on July 7th, the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated in his home. This has created panic and unrest throughout the country as interim prime minister Claude Joseph lacks legitimacy or control of the government. The New York Times reports “A new prime minister had been

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Biden Authorizes Air Strikes Against Iran-backed Militias

On Monday 28 June, United States President Joe Biden authorized airstrikes against two Iran-backed militias in Saudi-Arabia and Iraq. This was in response to recent attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq. While there were no U.S. casualties, Biden’s administration has shown that they want to deter both lethal and non-lethal

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Hungary’s Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill And The EU’s Response

On June 15, 2021, Hungary’s parliament adopted an anti-LGBTQ+ bill into law. In the few weeks, this law has received international criticism, especially from the European Union. As reported by the New York Times, the law aims to “require the labelling of all content that might fall into that category

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New Government In Israel Ousts Netanyahu

On 13 June 2021, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 12-year reign as leader of Israel finally came to an end, ushering in a new coalition in which the predominant parties found very little in common, other than their desire to get Netanyahu out of office. The New York Times writes that the

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Sanctions Against Ethiopia Regarding Conflict In Tigray

On May 24th, 2020, the Foreign Ministry of Ethiopia announced that it would “be forced to reassess its relations with the United States, which might have implications beyond our bilateral relationship.” Al Jazeera reports that this is in response to the United States announcing restrictions on Ethiopian and Eritrean officials as

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The Vatican’s Stance On The Violence In Gaza

Over the past 11 days, violence has once again broken out between Hamas and Israel. With ongoing bombings and over 200 Palestinian deaths and around 12 Israeli deaths, countries and international human rights organizations have a variety of comments on the conflict. Within the past week, President Erdogan of Turkey

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Biden Calls For NATO And U.S. Troops To Leave Afghanistan

On April 14th 2021, President Joe Biden announced his plan to have all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 to end what he called the “Forever War.” NATO quickly followed suit, agreeing to begin withdrawal May 2021 to hopefully be completed by September 2021. As reported by

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