Harjyot Banwait

Unaccompanied Minor Refugees in Canada

In 2016 Canada received 287 unaccompanied minor refugee claimants, a number which later increased to 492 in 2017, according to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Unaccompanied minors are those who arrive to the country under the age of 18 and without a legal guardian. In Canada, refugees arriving […]

7 Convicted In Connection To Murder Of Honduran Activist

Berta Cáceres, indigenous environmentalist and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was shot dead on March 2nd, 2016, days before she was to turn 45. On November 29th, 2018, seven men were found guilty of her murder, while an eighth defendant was cleared of charges. The seven men accused will […]

Bolsonaro And The Future Of The Amazon

On Sunday, October 28th 2018, Jair Bolsonaro, of the PSL (Social Liberal Party), won Brazil’s general election in the second round with approximately 55 percent of the popular vote, defeating Fernando Haddad of the PT (Worker’s Party). Immediately, concerns have been raised regarding the impact that Brazil’s new president-elect will have […]

Palu Tsunami Leaves A Trail Of Destruction In Indonesia

On Friday, September 28 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The earthquake created a tsunami with a wall of water reaching as high as 6 meters. Currently, the reported death toll stands at 832 but is expected to rise dramatically, as the […]

The Toll In Puerto Rico And How To Address It

Hurricane Maria landed on the shores of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, on September 20, 2017. The official death toll had stood at 64. Now, on August 29, 2018, more than 11 months later, that toll has been updated to 2,975. The new number has emerged following Governor Ricardo Rossello […]

The Elections In Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

On Monday 30 July, Zimbabweans went to the polls for Zimbabwe’s general elections. They hope for free and fair elections, as these are the first ones since the resignation of Robert Mugabe, now 94, as President of Zimbabwe, following the successful November 2017 coup. According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, […]

The Conservative U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, announced his retirement, which will become effective on July 31. The announcement, on Wednesday June 27 2018, resulted in immediate and widespread attention. The 81-year-old decided that this was the time to retire. He stated […]

Italy’s Populist Government

On Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Italy, the Five-Star Movement, a young anti-establishment party, and the Northern League, a far-right party, successfully formed a government in the aftermath of March 4, 2018 elections, which propelled these parties to an unprecedented level of significance and power. There were many setbacks and […]

Amber Rudd Out And Sajid Javid In During Windrush Scandal

Amber Rudd resigned as United Kingdom (U.K.) Home Secretary on April 29, 2018. U.K. Prime Minister Teresa May, of the Conservative Party, subsequently appointed Sajid Javid to the position. Rudd struggled with explaining her role in the mistreatment of Windrush generation migrants. Rudd had claimed that her department did not […]

Toughest Sentences For Mauritanian Slave Owners

In Mauritania, 10-year and 20-year sentences have been given to two slave owners. A court in Nouadhibou a northwestern town in Mauritania, gave a 20-year prison sentence to Hamoudi Ould Saleck, which was also given posthumously to his father, who passed away prior to the end of the trial. Revea […]