Author: Janice Rapp

Bangladeshi Writer Dies In Prison

Mushtaq Ahmed, a Bangladeshi writer, has died in jail according to officials and family members on Friday, February 26. Ahmed was one of 11 people charged in early May of 2020 for spreading social media content accusing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of mismanagement and corruption in her response to the

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Poland Places Near-Ban On Abortions Into Effect

On Wednesday, January 27, a controversial ruling on abortion in Poland took effect. In October, a ruling by the Constitutional Court found that a 1993 law that allowed abortions in the cases of severe and irreversible fetal abnormalities was unconstitutional, triggering weeks-long protests. Under the controversial ruling, abortions may only

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Argentina Senate Legalizes Abortion

On Wednesday, December 30, Argentina’s Senate voted to legalize elective abortion. This major shift comes during a push by women’s rights activists throughout Latin America, and is especially notable because of Argentina’s predominantly Roman Catholic population, even being the birthplace of the current Pope Francis. Once the legislation is signed,

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French Activists In Uproar Over Proposed Limits On Filming Police

In France, a new proposed security law has caused activists to fear the loss of a major weapon against police abuse: video footage. This footage, taken on cellphones, is used throughout the world to record and report cases of police brutality, often in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods. The bill will make

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Belarus Revokes Accreditations Of Foreign Journalists

Belarus has revoked the accreditations of nineteen Belarusian journalists to work for foreign media outlets and deported two Russian cameramen in preparation of demonstrations relating to the results of the recent presidential election. This includes the BBC, whose press team said on Saturday that two journalists working in Minsk had

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13 Dead After Police Raid On Nightclub In Peru

13 people died after a police raid on a 120-person party in a nightclub in Lima, Peru. Six more people were injured, including three police officers, as the 120 people tried to escape the club, called the Thomas Restobar club, in the Los Olivos district on Saturday, August 22nd. Neighbours

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Belarus’ Opposition Candidate Forced Into Hiding On Eve Of Presidential Election

On the eve of Belarus’ August 9 presidential election, main opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya went into hiding before challenging the current president, Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking his sixth term. Representatives of Tikhanovskaya’s campaign said that she fled her apartment for safety reasons ahead of Sunday’s election, after police detained

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Poland Leaves Treaty Aimed At Preventing Violence Against Women

Poland is currently facing criticism after announcing its intentions to pull out of a pan-European convention combating violence against women. On Saturday, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced that Poland would begin to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, according to the state-run Polish Press Agency, primarily due to the convention violating

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Bolsonaro Being Sued After Removing Mask During Press Conference

The Brazilian Press Association has expressed plans to file a lawsuit in Brazil’s Supreme Court against President Jair Bolsonaro after the president removed his mask during a press conference on Tuesday, possibly exposing members of the media to COVID-19. The association, known as ABI which advocates for Brazilian journalists, alleged

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Outrage In India After Father And Son Die In Police Custody

In Tamil Nadu, P. Jayaraj and his son J. Bennix (Fenix), 59 and 31 respectively, died in police custody after being arrested for keeping their stores open past the permitted hours due to their state’s COVID-19 lockdown. Their relatives state that the men were subjected to brutal torture while in

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Saudi Arabia Ends Coronavirus Curfew Despite Spike In Infections

On Sunday 21 June, Saudi Arabia ended a nationwide coronavirus curfew, lifting restrictions on businesses. This includes hair salons and cinemas, after three months of very tight restrictions. Prayers have been allowed to resume in mosques in Mecca, in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is due to begin

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China Continues To Pressure The South China Sea

For more than one month earlier this year, Chinese and Malaysian vessels faced off in the South China Sea. When a Malaysian-authorized drill ship called the West Capella was looking for resources in waters also claimed by Beijing, a Chinese survey vessel, accompanied by coast guard ships, sailed into the

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Conflict Between India And China In Eastern Ladakh Continues To Rise

According to military sources, the Indian and Chinese militaries are moving heavy equipment and weaponry to rear bases close to disputed areas in eastern Ladakh. They have been engaged in a standoff in the region for over 25 days. These combative developments persist despite continued efforts to resolve the disputes

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Russian Journalists Charged With Violating Protest And Lockdown Laws

On 28 May 2020, prominent Russian journalists were temporarily detained for violating laws put into place against protesting and social distancing while separately demonstrating their own support for a colleague, Ilya Azar, according to their employers. Azar was jailed for fifteen days on Wednesday after his own solo demonstration supporting

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Arms Control Treaty Between U.S. And Russia To Expire

On February 5th of 2021, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the only remaining U.S.-Russia arms control pact, will expire. Russia has already offered to extend the treaty, called New START for short, for up to five more years. However, Donald Trump does not want to extend the treaty or

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