Author: EJ Patterson

School Girl Remains At Large After Boko Haram Kidnapping

Nigeria has experienced the emergence of a radical Islamist group, Boko Haram, since the beginning of the last century. Officially founded in 2002, the name Boko Haram originates from the Hausa word “Boko,” meaning western and the Arabic word “haram” meaning forbidden. The radical Islamist group believes that Muslims should

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Backlash Continues To Build After Trump’s Comments

The United States is now receiving backlash in response to the alleged remarks made by President Trump which referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and other African nations as “shithole countries.” According to a report by CNN, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) stated that they were

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How Lower Oil Prices Is Expanding Women’s Rights In Saudi Arabia

Starting in 2018, Saudi Arabia will begin to allow women to attend sporting events in the country’s three most prominent sporting venues. This move is a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “vision for 2030,” which is a plan that aims to integrate women into the workforce and diversify

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Violent Protests Erupt As Support For Catalan Independence Movement Grows

Approximately 850 people have been injured across Catalonia due to police clashing with protesters over a referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain this Sunday. According to the Catalonia government, about 90 percent of the 2.25 million voters supported the region’s independence from Spain, despite the Spanish government ruling the referendum

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What Does The Future Hold After Hurricane Maria?

This past month has witnessed a slew of deadly storms and hurricanes that have brought a wave of devastation over millions of people. Most recently, Hurricane Maria swept across the Caribbean, bringing, even more, destruction in an area still recovering from previous storms. In an address to the United Nations,

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Unprecedented Civil War Becomes More Deadly

There have been growing concerns stemming from the Central African Republic following an uptick in violence from the country’s nearly five-year long civil war. According to the UNHCR, approximately 1.1 million people have been displaced from the conflict, with 500,000 of which have fled the country and another 600,00 who

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Refugee Crisis In Myanmar Worsens Over Recent Rise In Violence

According to the United Nations refugee agency, almost 300,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh in just over a span of two weeks in order to escape the “cultural cleansing” currently ongoing in Myanmar. While addressing the situation, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,

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Democracy The Winner Of Kenya’s Supreme Court Ruling

In a historic move, Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the results of the country’s recent presidential election that took place early last August. Instead, a new election day will take place sometime within the next 60 days. The Supreme Court’s decision came in response to a petition from the opposing candidates,

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The Philippines’ Deadly War On Drugs

“My order is shoot to kill you. I don’t care about human rights, you better believe me.” These are the words of the current President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. He is the man at the forefront of the ongoing “war on drugs” in the island nation. Duterte’s controversial approach

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Trump’s Remarks Turn Attention Towards Venezuelan Crisis

Once again President Trump’s twitter account made headlines all over the world with the following tweet: “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act out unwisely. Hopefully, Kim Jong Un will find another path!” While recently, the ongoing escalation of tension between the governments

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Recent U.S. Sanctions Leads To Rise In International Tension

In a decisive 419-3 vote, the House of Representatives voted to pass a new bill that imposes sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea. Regarding North Korea and Iran, the sanctions come in response to the testing of ballistic missiles by two nations, as well as growing concern from the U.S. government

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The World’s Biggest Crisis Has Been Given Almost No Attention

“We are now in the 21st century and the current situation is an absolute shame on humanity.” When asked about the current humanitarian disaster taking place in parts of Africa and the Middle East, Wolfgang Jamann, the leader of CARE, an international human rights organization, shows no hesitation in displaying

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From Rags To Riches, India Elects A New President

On July 18th, in what many believe to be a historic moment, India ushered in a new era by electing its 14th president, Ram Nath Kovind. What separates Kovind from all but one other Indian president is that he originates from the lowest tier of Indian society. According to National

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President Trump Meets With Prime Minister Modi

On June 26th, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Donald Trump in the White House to discuss various issues regarding Indo-U.S. relations. President Trump had previously expressed his desire to strengthen America’s relationship with India due to the country’s increasing economic strength and its strategic importance in the

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