Author: Catherine Kreider

Argentina Legalizes Abortion

Argentina entered the new year with the national legalization of abortion, making it the sixth and most populace Latin American country to decriminalize pregnancy termination. Argentina joined the relatively small group of pro-abortion countries in the primarily Catholic region of the world, abolishing section 86 of its 1921 criminal code

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America Fears China Will Become The Next Global Leader

On September 30th, the House of Representatives China Task Force (CTF) and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released reports regarding the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) threat to American power. The reports warn the American government that if profound intelligence and foreign policy realignment towards China is not

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Saudi Arabia Announces Review Of Child Death Penalty Cases

On August 26th, the Saudi Arabian Human Rights Commission announced it would judicially review three juvenile capital punishment cases. The cases pertain to three minors, Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher, and Dawoud al-Marhoon, all of whom were convicted in 2014, when they were under 18. The judicial review announcement follows Saudi

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How Violence Is Overshadowing George Floyd Protests In America

On May 25th, an African American man by the name of George Floyd died in Minneapolis from injuries sustained while in police custody. The same day, videos of Floyd’s murder spread across the internet and social media, causing mass unrest amongst the American public at the flagrant disregard for Floyd’s

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Why The Western System Of COVID-19 Response Won’t Work In Africa

Confirmed Coronavirus cases have reached over 100,000 in Africa. According to the Africa Center of Regional Studies, the first case of COVID-19 in Africa was reported on February 15th, two months after the virus was initially identified in China. The spread of the pandemic in Africa has been relatively slow

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Latin American Gangs Are Using COVID-19 To Increase Their Power

March 2020 was the most violent month in Mexican history since 1997. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, criminal groups throughout Latin America have learned to adapt to the new social and economic environment and use the crisis to their advantage. The introduction of the coronavirus has shifted security priorities in

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Taliban Bombing Of Afghan Military Center Threatens U.S.-Taliban Deal

May 2nd, the Taliban bombed an Afghan military center in the Southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan. The attack threatens the fragile March peace deal between the U.S. and the insurgent group. The target of the weekend truck-bombing was an Afghan compound stationing over 150 members of the Afghanistan military and

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Sudan Outlaws Female Genital Mutilation

Sudan outlawed the widespread practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), marking a historic victory for women’s rights in the African country. The WHO defines female genital mutilation “as procedures that intentionally alter or cause injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” Female genital mutilation is prolific in Sudan,

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Burkina Faso Accused Of War Crime Amid Humanitarian Crisis

On April 20th, 2020, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report accusing the Burkina Faso Security Forces of executing 31 detainees. HRW claims the attack was on April 9th in the Northern town of Djibo. The accusation against Burkina Faso’s security forces comes amid a growing humanitarian crisis. Djibo, a

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Trump #FireFauci Tweet Sparks Concern

On the night of April 12th, Donald Trump retweeted a post seeming to support the firing of the NIAID director, Anthony Fauci. The tweet followed Fauci’s interview with CNN, where he admitted earlier COVID-19 mitigation ‘‘could have saved lives.’’ Trump’s retweet stimulated speculation of the possible replacement of Fauci on

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5G Conspiracy Theories Lead To Vandalism Of Wireless Towers in the U.K.

In April 2020, there are reports of more than 30 cases of vandalism against wireless towers and equipment in Britain. The rapid increase relates to online conspiracy theories linking the spread of COVID-19 to new 5G wireless technology. The conspiracy has gained ground due to widespread misinformation on social media.

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Colombia’s ELN Rebels Agree To A Ceasefire Due To COVID-19

In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels in Colombia have agreed to a month-long unilateral ceasefire. The ceasefire was implemented on April 1st and is set to last until April 30th. The ELN rebels have called it a “humanitarian gesture” to the Colombian people

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Taliban Rejects Afghanistan’s Conditional Prisoner Release Decree

On March 11th, 2020, the Taliban rejected the Afghanistan Government’s offer for the ‘conditional release’ of Taliban prisoners. President Ghani’s offer follows the groundbreaking February 29th deal between the United States and the Taliban to end the 18 year-long conflicts in Afghanistan. In a bid to withdraw U.S. troops in

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