Author: Hayden Carlson

Germany Recognizes Colonial-Era Crimes As Genocide

More than a century after the crimes were committed, Germany formally recognized on Friday, 28 March, that it committed genocide against the Herero and Nama people during its colonial rule in present day Namibia. It is the first time the German government has officially acknowledged these atrocities, with the declaration

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U.S. Sanctions Guatemalan Officials in Corruption Crackdown

On Monday, April 26th, the United States (U.S.) imposed sanctions on current and former Guatemalan officials over alleged corruption activity within the country. The sanctions specifically target Felipe Alejos Lorenzana, an elected delegate in Guatemala’s Congress, and Gustavo Adolfo Alejos Cambara, the former Chief of Staff for the Alvaro Colom

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Three Years After A4P, Empowering Women In Peacekeeping Remains Top Priority

Within the United Nations, peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools for promoting and maintaining international peace and security. However, U.N. peacekeeping faces numerous challenges to effective implementation, undermining its ability to deliver on its mandates and contribute to long-term, sustainable peace. Of these challenges, the direct participation of

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As Brazil’s COVID-19 Deaths Soar, Pressure Piles on Bolsonaro

On Thursday, March 25, Brazil registered a daily record of over 100,000 new coronavirus cases, highlighting the immense scale of a rapidly spreading outbreak that is becoming a major political crisis for President Jair Bolsonaro. According to the Health Ministry, the record caseload – along with approximately 3,000 additional COVID-19

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Nigerian Gunmen Abduct 30 Students In Latest Mass Kidnapping

On late Thursday, March 11th, approximately 30 students were reportedly abducted by gunmen from a forestry college in northwest Nigeria’s Kaduna state. The incident marks at least the fourth mass kidnapping in the country since December. According to Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Kaduna State Ministry of Internal Security and

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Anti-Asian Violence On The Rise In The U.S., And Women Bear The Brunt

It has been one full year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In the United States (U.S.), the number of new COVID-19 infections is finally beginning to decline, but the wave of racism and xenophobic violence and discrimination against Asian communities only continues to rise.  The torrent of racist and violent

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More Than 300 Schoolgirls Abducted In Nigeria

On Friday 26 February, 317 schoolgirls were abducted by unidentified gunmen from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state. A police statement said that police and military forces have begun joint operations to trace the kidnappers and rescue the girls and that authorities were looking into witness information that

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Honduran Lawmakers Seek Permanent Bans on Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage

On Thursday 28 January, the Honduran legislature passed a constitutional reform that will make it nearly impossible to reverse existing hard-line bans on abortion and same-sex marriage. Previously, all constitutional amendments needed a two-thirds vote of the legislature in order to take effect. However, the new decree will now require

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Guatemalan Security Forces Block Honduran Migrants Bound For U.S.

On Monday 18 January, Guatemalan security forces dispersed thousands of mostly Honduran migrants who were making their way across the nation, seeking eventual asylum in the United States. In the south-eastern village of Vado Hondo, police and military personnel used varying degrees of force against members of the first major

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Egypt And Qatar Sign Reconciliation Deal

On Tuesday 5 January 2021, Egypt, alongside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), and Bahrain, signed a reconciliation agreement with Qatar, aimed at resolving a three-and-a-half year boycott imposed on Doha. The signing occurred during the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, which was held in the city of

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