Author: Erin McBrairty

Brazil’s Armed Forces pull away from Jair Bolsonaro

On March 29, a cabinet switch up by President Bolsonaro of Brazil ignited strife within the Brazilian military. Bolsonaro got rid of nearly a third of his cabinet and replaced them with his allies. One of the largest problems with this change was the removal of General Fernando Azevedo e

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Belarus Expels Journalists And Withdraws Accreditation In Crackdown

Foreign journalists in Belarus were deported, and many Belarusian reporters lost their accreditations for covering the massive anti-government protests that have been going on in Belarus after the controversial presidential election earlier in August. The protests have gathered crowds of tens of thousands of people as they vocalize their rejection

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Coronavirus Pushing Millions Of Afghans Into Poverty

Afghanistan’s healthcare system is being overwhelmed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The virus is forcing millions of Afghanis into poverty as the country’s healthcare system becomes devastated with more and more victims. Along with the problems in the health care system, the coronavirus is also causing a food shortage in

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UNSC Extends South Sudan Arms Embargo Until May 2021

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution on Friday May 29th which extends until May of next year. The resolution implements an arms embargo, travel ban, and financial sanctions for the targets of the resolution. The goal of the resolution is to urge the leaders of South Sudan

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Sudan Passes Law Criminalizing FGM

On 22 April, Sudan made female genital mutilation (FGM) a criminal offence punishable by three years in jail. According to the United Nations, nearly nine out of 10 (86.6%) women and girls in Sudan have been victims of female genital mutilation. Though Sudan currently has a transitional government, the law

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How Does Brexit Affect Scottish Independence?

England and Wales voted in favor of leaving the European Union, but Scotland and Northern Ireland largely voted against leaving. The British government has stated that all countries in the United Kingdom will be involved in the discussions moving forward from Brexit. However, some have posed that Brexit could spark

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U.S, Taliban Begin Countdown To Afghan Peace Deal

The Taliban promised a seven day “reduction of violence” that began Friday at midnight. This starts the countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban on February 29th, which will mark the end of the 18-year long war in Afghanistan. After the period

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The Ongoing Struggle For Peace In Darfur

The history of the situation in Darfur, a region in western Sudan, dates back decades. However, the most recent conflict began in 2003, often noted as the first genocide in the 21st century. The violence began after an insurgency perpetrated by two rebel groups: the Sudan Liberation Army and the

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Erdogan: Turkish Soldiers Gradually Being Deployed to Libya

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkish soldiers to be gradually deployed to Libya. Turkish military units will begin moving into Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, one of the two opposing governments in the country. This decision came after Turkey received a request

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In Pakistan, Polio Makes A Comeback Amid Vaccine Boycotts

Polio makes a comeback amid vaccine boycotts in Pakistan. A polio vaccination campaign began back in the Spring. In April, a rumor spread that the vaccines were dangerous and making children sick. Hundreds of children were rushed to the hospital by concerned parents and thousands of people refused the vaccine.

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U.S. Recalls Its Ambassador To Zambia After Gay Rights Row

The U.S. ambassador to Zambia was recalled back to the U.S. after he criticized Zambian authorities’ imprisonment of a gay couple. This is the latest event in a series of difficulties that the U.S. Ambassador Daniel Foote has had in the country. According to African News, after this latest criticism

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Rockets Hit Military Base Near Baghdad Airport

On December 9th, four Katyusha rockets hit a military base near the Baghdad Airport in Iraq. As a result of the attack, six Iraqi soldiers were wounded. Security forces in Iraq found a rocket launcher and several defused rockets near the area after the attack. According to a security official

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