Author: Kate Capparelle

Protests In France Over Rising Costs of Living

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, tens of thousands of Parisians took to the streets in protest over France’s rising cost of living, demanding wage increases along with other reformative measures. The event was organized by left-wing opposition groups who are critical of French President Emmanuel Macron’s handling of the economic

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Nicaraguan Catholic Bishop Under House Arrest At President’s Order

On August 19th, police raided the home of Catholic Bishop Rolando Álvarez, a prominent critic of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, and placed him under house arrest while taking seven of his colleagues to jail. This raid is the most recent example of escalating tensions between the Nicaraguan government and the

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Famine Is Imminent in Somalia, Says The UN

Martin Griffiths, a United Nations official, told journalists on Monday that “famine is at the door” in Somalia, following his visit to the worst affected regions in the country. Griffiths, who serves as the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, expressed he was “shocked to his core”

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Dandora Dump In Kenya Linked to Cancer And Infertility

New reports reaffirm that the 30-acre Dandora trash dump in Nairobi, Kenya is putting those who live and work nearby at a high risk of cancer, infertility, and other severe illnesses.  Since 2007, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been alerting officials that the landfill is a serious health

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Diminishing Women’s Rights Under The Taliban: A Year In Review

August 15th, 2022 marked the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s seizure of power over Kabul, and effectively all of Afghanistan. Since then, Afghan women have seen widespread violations of their rights to education, work, and free movement. This overt oppression of women is a direct consequence of the Taliban reversing

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Record Heat Waves In China’s Northern Cities Raise Demand For Coal

This week, an extreme heat wave has consumed northern Chinese cities causing exceptionally high demand for electricity and resulting in plans for more coal usage. The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), a state-owned electric utility corporation, released a statement on June 21st announcing they would “strengthen coordination with relevant coal,

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Resigns Amid Mass Protests

On July 14th, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sent a letter via email to the parliamentary speaker announcing he would be stepping down from office, a day after fleeing the country to the Maldives and then Singapore.  With this resignation, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as interim president

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Both Sides In Ethiopia’s Tigrayan Conflict Seek External Mediation

According to Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party, the African Union (A.U.) should be the facilitator of peace talks between their government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (T.P.L.F.) after nearly two years of violent conflict. However, the Tigray government has concerns with this proposition. In an open letter written in June,

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Wikipedia Fights Russian Order to Remove Ukraine War Information

On June 6, 2022, the Wikimedia Foundation, the owner of Wikipedia, filed an appeal against a Moscow court’s order to remove prohibited information in articles regarding the war in Ukraine. In their statement released on June 13th, the Wikimedia Foundation argued that “the information at issue is fact-based and verified

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