Author: Jack Treston

Students March On D.R.C.’s Parliament Over Teacher Strike

On Thursday, hundreds of school students marched on the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s national assembly building. Demanding the government raise teachers’ wages, the students hope to put an end to the teachers’ current union strike so that lessons may resume. Teachers in the D.R.C. have been on strike since

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Civil Society, Digital Autocracies, & Sub-Saharan Africa

In January 2010, Hilary Clinton announced that the digital age would challenge authoritarian rule by “helping people discover new facts and making governments more accountable.” However, today’s reality is a stark contrast to this idealism. For Chadian citizens, opposition politicians and pro-democracy activists, the rights to freedom of expression and

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“A Gift To The World” – Malaria Vaccine Approved By The W.H.O.

Following an announcement on Wednesday the 6th of October, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has endorsed the widespread rollout of the world’s first malaria vaccine. RTS,S – or Mosquirix – has been recommended following the success of a 2019 pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi. Developed by British pharmaceutical

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Mutti’s Era Ends Amid Uncertainty

The ongoing race to succeed Angela Merkel’s 16-year reign as chancellor of Germany has yet to produce a clear winner in the recent preliminary election. Following the ballot held on 26 September, the German public voted to elect representative members of the Bundestag – the German federal parliament – who will

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A New Strategic Partnership In The Indo-Pacific

Last Thursday, September 16th, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison jointly announced the launch of the AUKUS trilateral security partnership with the U.S. and U.K. This agreement is a watershed moment for Australian defence strategies in the Indo-Pacific. It marks a dramatic shift from John Howard’s doctrine of “not having to

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Mamady Overthrows the Alpha – The Impact of Guinea’s Coup

For the third time since independence, a military coup has upstaged Guinean politics. Beginning on Sunday the 5th, reports of gunfire erupting around the presidential palace arose, followed by a national television broadcast announcing the dissolution of the constitution and the establishment of a transitional government. Videos of President Alpha

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Filipino Healthcare Workers Pushed To Their Limits

Allegations over the government’s mismanagement of COVID-19 emergency funding have pushed embattled Filipino healthcare workers to the tipping point. Taking appropriate protective measures, protesters gathered in front of the Department of Health on September 1st to demand the release of unpaid financial compensation, as well as an increase in state

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Will Zambia’s Election Trigger A Democratic Landslide?

On the 16th of August, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was declared victorious over incumbent Edgar Lungu in the recent Zambian presidential election. For the third time since independence in 1964, power was peacefully transferred via the ballot box, signalling the strength of Zambian democracy. The strength of Zambia’s democratic institutions

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Is History Doomed To Repeat Itself? The Impending Tigray Famine

An immense humanitarian crisis is imminent as famine looms over northern Ethiopia. This situation arises from months of political instability and military conflict between the Tigray region, Ethiopia’s federal government, and armed forces from the nearby Amhara region and neighboring Eritrea. The trajectory of this unfolding crisis is uncertain, but

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A Message Of Peace And Hope – The Olympic Refugee Team

The Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) has returned to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, following their success in Rio 2016.  Since its initial debut, the team has almost tripled in size, with 29 athletes competing in 12 Olympic disciplines. Sport has the compelling power to promote peace, tolerance and understanding. In

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