Janice Rapp

About Janice Rapp

Janice is a senior correspondent at the OWP, and is a junior currently studying English and International Relations at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She believes strongly in finding peaceful solutions to conflicts and preventing unnecessary escalation. Her studies have focused in Russia, and she has interests in government and military work.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

German State Leaders Urge American Congressmen to Block Troop Withdrawal from Germany

Four German state leaders have written a letter to American congressmen in an attempt to block American-troop withdrawal from Germany. In June, President Trump made plans to pull 9,500 troops from Germany, likely due to his frustration with Germany’s trade surplus as well as Berlin’s failure to meet NATO’s commitments […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]