Christopher Eckert

About Christopher Eckert

First year Communication student at the University of Kentucky.

The Failed Promises Of The Georgian Dream Party

A former Soviet republic turned democratic icon, Georgia, now sits on the precipice of a national crisis. Protests have rocked the capital over the past two weeks, following news that electoral reform failed in the Parliament, falling only 12 votes short of the necessary three-fourths majority. The reform, which was […]

Colombia Protests: The End Of ESMAD?

A wave of protests has recently been sweeping through Latin America, from demonstrations in Chile over metro-fares, to public outcry over allegations of vote-tampering forcing Bolivia’s President Evo Morales to resign. Over the past week, that wave finally crashed over Colombia, with protests organized by students reaching over 200,000 people […]

Samoa’s State Of Emergency And Dangerous Domestic Parallels

This past weekend, on Saturday, 6 November 2019, the Government of Samoa declared a state of emergency. The driving force behind the declaration is measles, which has caused at least six deaths, mostly of infants who are less than two years old, according to an official statement from Samoa’s health […]

Metro Fares: The Turning Point For Chile

Chile is currently witnessing the largest protests it has ever seen in its history. More than five percent of the country’s population, totaling over one million people, marched peacefully in Chile’s capital Santiago on 25 October 2019. The protests were triggered by a $0.04 increase in the Santiago metro fare. […]

Tensions In Catalonia Boil Over

Tensions in Catalonia have reached a peak over the past two weeks, following the jailing of nine pro-Catalan independence leaders. Spain’s Supreme Court handed down the decision on Monday, October 14, 2019, sentencing the leaders to prison time ranging from nine to 13 years. Spain had the leaders arrested for […]

Gunfights In Culiacán Highlight The Failure Of Military Solutions To Organized Crime

Last Thursday, October 17, 2019, a sprawling gunfight broke out in Culiacán, Mexico when officials attempted to arrest a son of the infamous drug lord, “El Chapo” Guzmán. The United States indicted the son, Ovidio Guzmán López, alongside his brother, with conspiracy to distribute drugs to be into the country […]