Janice Rapp

About Janice Rapp

Janice is a junior currently studying International Relations and English at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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 […]

Burundi Vote Campaign Begins In Shadow Of Violence And COVID-19

On Monday, Burundi’s political parties started campaigning for next month’s presidential elections despite opposition accusations of intimidation, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In Burundi, there has only been one death and fifteen Coronavirus cases found with minimal symptoms; thus, authorities are pushing for the May 20th vote, searching […]

Mexican Criminal Groups See COVID-19 Crisis As Opportunity To Gain More Power

The peak of infections of COVID-19 in Mexico is expected in May, and criminal groups are looking to use the pandemic to achieve their own goals. For 20 years, nearly 200 criminal groups have been active in the country, and in 2019 alone, 34,582 homicides were recorded, making it the […]

Brazilians Protest Over Bolsonaro’s Muddled Coronavirus Response

Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has continually downplayed the coronavirus pandemic. He has criticized efforts to contain the virus via quarantines and shutdowns, calling Brazilian governors “irresponsible” in an interview with CNN. He has maintained this stance even after his possible exposure to the virus while visiting the US to […]

Turkey Shoots Down Third Plane As Syrian Forces Retake Town

On the 2 March 2020, Turkish forces shot down a fighter jet flown by Syrian government forces, over southern Idlib. Meanwhile, Syrian forces have retaken the strategic town of Saraqeb in Northwest Syria, combing through neighbourhoods and further endangering the lives of civilians. Both Syrian media and the Turkish defense […]