Author: Inigo Boucher

Omicron Variant and Vaccine Distribution

Last weekend, news emerged of a new variant of Covid-19, named B.1.1.529, or ‘Omicron,’ from the southern African regions of Botswana and South Africa. It was initially thought to have been identified amongst four vaccinated people in Botswana, suggesting that the variant may be more ‘immune’ to the vaccine than

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Liverpool Taxi Bombing: The Start Of A Terror Resurgence In The UK?

Last week, Priti Patel, the Home Secretary for the United Kingdom, raised the terror threat level in the country from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ (the second highest level in the UK), meaning that another attack in the country is “highly likely.” This happened after a bomb exploded last week outside of

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Life In Venezuela Under Maduro: After The Exodus

In recent years, Venezuela has gone through a crisis after crisis, with no end in sight. Since 2014, Venezuela has seen one of the largest forced displacements in the Western hemisphere, with 5.6 million Venezuelans leaving the country. In 2017, mass anti-government protests began to criticise President Nicolás Maduro’s leadership

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Tensions High In Addis Ababa: Ethiopia Declares State Of Emergency

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed became the first Ethiopian recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for ending the 20-year war between his country and Eritrea. Last week, his government declared a state of emergency after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front took over the towns of Dessie and Kombolcha and

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The Assassination Of Jovenel Moïse, And Its Implications For Haiti

Since gaining independence in 1804, Haiti has experienced almost 217 years of tragedy after tragedy. Its original inception made history; being the world’s oldest black republic, and the first to abolish slavery. Despite historic beginnings, the country has endured decades of poverty, occupation, and authoritarianism, whilst being one of the

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China Vs China: Democracy In Taiwan Is At Risk

For those who watched the 2020 Olympics last summer, many may have been confused as to why Taiwan was competing under the name “Chinese Taipei.” Despite being a sovereign nation, the country is not officially recognized by the international community. Breaking away from China over 70 years ago, Taiwan has

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Four years on from the Rohingya genocide

Since the genocide in 2017, mass persecution of the Rohingya has decreased. Despite this, we are no closer to dealing with its implications. The Rohingya are a minority group from the Rakhine state of Myanmar; the largest Islamic group in the country. The group has been persecuted since the mid-1970s,

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