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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Mexican President Denies Increase In Domestic Assault Cases Under Covid-19 Lockdown

In March, Mexico’s emergency call centres received their highest number of domestic violence reports since the national hotline’s inception. The rise in domestic assault allegations aligns with the introduction of Covid-19 quarantine measures in Mexico. As citizens began their isolation, the global economy started to suffer under the pandemic’s pressure,

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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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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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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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