Jenna Rosenthal

About Jenna Rosenthal

Jenna is a 4th-year undergraduate at the University of Virginia, majoring in Foreign Affairs and minoring in English. She studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain in 2016 and has a strong passion for international affairs, including human rights issues and the effects of climate change on state stability.

Kenyan Authorities Restrict Media Coverage At Swearing-In Ceremony Of Opposition Leader

Following a complicated and tense election season in Kenya, according to Human Rights Watch, the government authorities restricted news outlets coverage of the symbolic inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Media companies first rejected President Uhuru Kenyatta’s instructions to not cover the public event, but the Communications Order of Kenya […]

More Than 200 Russian Citizens Detained During Anti-Putin Protests

Instead of celebrating, thousands of Russian citizens across the country spent Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday protesting the Kremlin and his restrictive control of elections and free speech. Alexei Navalny directed the protest rallies. Navalny is currently Putin’s only tangible political opponent and is currently serving a 20-day jail sentence for […]

Hope In Palestine: Rival Factions Announce Reconciliation Agreement

The two main rival factions in Palestine, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday in an effort to unite Palestine. This deal gives hope for a united Palestine, and if it holds strong, would end the decade-long violent conflict between the two authorities. Although similar […]

Hundreds Injured As Police Disrupt Catalan Independence Referendum

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, disagreements over the Catalan independence referendum resulted in clashes that caused hundreds of injuries in Catalonia, the northeast region of Spain.  Police from the national Spanish government in Madrid arrived in the region to prevent the official vote on Catalan independence from occurring, inciting violence […]

Tunisia Overturns Law Banning Women From Marrying Non-Muslims

Women’s rights achieved a victory this week when the Tunisian government overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims.  A spokeswoman for Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi announced the decision on Thursday and wrote, “Congratulations to the women of Tunisia for the enshrinement of the right to the freedom […]

The EU’s Top Court Dismisses Member States’ Challenge Against Refugee Relocation Agreement

The European Court of the Justice (ECJ), the European Union’s top court, dismissed a legal challenge from Hungary and Slovakia against an EU-wide agreement to accept and relocate asylum-seeking refugees.  The announcement came on Wednesday, after much anticipation that the courts would overwhelmingly rule against the two countries’ attempts.  Although […]