Author: Elsa Wiesinger

U.S. Response To The Human Rights Crisis In Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict

When Ethiopia elected Abiy Ahmed to be the prime minister in 2018, the international community looked optimistically on the country’s future. In 2019, the new prime minister disintegrated the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which was led by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the ruling party in Ethiopia

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Conflict In Thailand From Growing Protests Against Prime Minister

In recent weeks, Bangkok has seen a surge in protests against the Thai government and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha for their slow and chaotic vaccine rollout, as COVID-19 cases increase. Protests last weekend resulted in violent clashes between protesters, comprise of mostly young people, and the police, who reportedly employed

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Increasing Tensions In Russia-Japan Kuril Islands Dispute

Russia’s defense ministry has reported plans to build up military infrastructure on the Kuril Islands, a region under dispute between Russia and Japan. Claimed by Japan as their “Northern Territories,” the four southernmost Kuril islands north of Hokkaido have been the primary obstacle to a formal peace treaty between Russia

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Will Bolsonaro Put Brazil’s Democracy At Risk?

After President Jair Bolsonaro’s consistent attacks on the validity of Brazil’s all-electronic voting in recent months, the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) of Brazil has declared the system not fraudulent and opened an investigation into Bolsonaro’s unfounded allegations as dissemination of false information. With popular criticism of the far-right president’s mishandling

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Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict Expands Into Neighbouring Afar Region

In a territorial expansion of the violent conflict between the regional Tigrayan government and the official government of Ethiopia, the forces of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) party have initiated attacks in the neighbouring Afar region. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government issued a one-sided ceasefire and exited Tigray’s

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Myanmar’s Junta implements Travel Ban on Telecom Executives, Pressures for Government Surveillance

Myanmar’s military junta government has banned telecommunications company executives from leaving the country without authorization, after demanding firms implement the use of surveillance technology on their users’ calls, messages, and web activity. Following a February 1 coup that ousted the democratically elected government, Myanmar has seen mass protests effectively organized

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Focusing The Anti-ISIS Fight On Africa

The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS may be redefining the locations of its focus from Iraq and Syria to Africa, specifically the region known as the Sahel, according to statements by the co-chairs of the latest meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

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Jordanian Former Crown Prince Placed Under House Arrest

The former crown prince of Jordan, Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, was recently placed under “house arrest” by Jordanian officials and was cut off from phone and internet communication, according to a video statement provided to the BBC.  Hamzah is the popular younger son of the late King Hussein, a charismatic

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