Isabella Barrengos


About Isabella Barrengos

Isabella is a student at Bates College majoring in Anthropology and Classics.

Peaceful Protest Met With Violence in Turkey: Authorities Break Up Sit-In Protesting the Hundreds of Disappearances During Political Unrest

Turkish police violently broke up a peaceful protest in Istanbul last Saturday, using tear gas on a crowd of participants in a regular vigil for those who disappeared at the hands of the government during political unrest in the 80’s and 90’s. The Saturday Mothers, as they are called, have […]


Female Activist Faces Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia, Setting a New Precedent

Saudi rights activist Israa al-Ghomgham went to trial this week and will return on October 28, facing the death penalty and if she is found guilty, she will be the first woman to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. According to the Washington Post, Ghomgham faces charges of participating in protests, […]


Uighur Muslims Suffer In Chinese Re-Education Camps But China Says There Is No Such Thing 2

This week, China has once again denied claims that they are holding at least one million Uighur Muslims in reeducation camps, despite the UN’s growing evidence against them. In Xinjiang, reports of reeducation camps for Uighur Muslims have become more concerning as members of this ethnic minority go missing or […]


South Sudan Signs Another Peace Deal – But Will It Hold?

Long-anticipated peace in South Sudan was reached on Sunday when the president and the rebel leader signed a cease-fire and peace agreement though many are nervously waiting to see if it holds. President Salva Kiir and the leader of the warring party, Riek Machar, agreed on a deal that would […]


Dozens Killed In Violent Attack Against The Southern Somalia Military Base

Dozens were killed in a violent attack by the jihadist militant group al-Shabaab against the Bar-sanguni army base in southern Somalia. The al-Qaeda-linked organization set off a car bomb this past Monday before charging the army base and sustaining heavy gunfire before the base was retaken by officials, reports BBC. […]


Unfair Election In Zimbabwe Leads To Riots

Zimbabweans were hopeful for change on Monday when they lined up to participate in the first presidential election since former President Robert Mugabe was ousted in November of 2017. Mugabe’s former right hand man and acting president, Emmerson Mnangagwa represented the governing Zanu-PF party and ran up against opposition leader […]


“I Can’t Breathe”: Indigenous Australian Protestors Demand Justice For David Dungay’s Murder

Three years after the death of David Dungay Jr., the Indigenous Australian prisoner who was suffocated by prison guards weeks before his release in 2015, an inquest has started this past Monday at the New South Wales coroner’s court. Dungay, who suffered from schizophrenia and diabetes was serving nine years […]


Terrorists Versus Symbols Of Freedom: Israel Freezes Fund For Families Of Palestinian Martyrs And Prisoners

This Monday, the Israeli Parliament passed a bill that freezes funds allocated to Palestinian attackers’ families. According to the Washington Post, the Martyrs’ Fund, as it is called, sent a monthly stipend to families who had lost a relative to violent demonstrations against Israel such as riots or suicide bombings, […]