Author: Klarke Mitchell

Final Ruling Of Khmer Rouge Tribunal Upholds Genocide Conviction

Last Thursday, Cambodia’s U.N.-backed tribunal for the Khmer Rouge resolved to uphold the genocide conviction and life sentence of the regime’s final surviving leader, Khieu Samphan. The tribunal, known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (E.C.C.C.), rejected an appeal by Samphan that alleged over 1800 procedural and

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Ugandan And Tanzanian Leaders Condemn EU Pressures To Halt Oil Project

The European Parliament adopted a new resolution that denounces the development of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) on the grounds that the project — if completed — will unavoidably lead to environmental degradation and a surge in human rights violations. In response, the governments of Uganda and Tanzania

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Chileans Reject A New Constitution, In Doing So They Choose Unity

Chileans — with astounding resolution — voted to reject a new constitution. The proposed draft would have ousted the current one that was ratified in 1980 under Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship. In a compulsory plebiscite that witnessed a turnout of 13 million people, the progressive draft was resoundingly struck

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Chad Signs Peace Agreement With Rebel Groups In Doha

Chad’s transitional military government has signed a peace deal with more than 40 rebel and opposition groups — an encouraging advancement toward peace and national reconciliation. If successfully implemented, this accord will set the stage for an unprecedented degree of stability that has eluded the nation since its independence from

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Conflict Has Returned To Ethiopia, Devastating A Five Month Truce

Renewed fighting in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray has disintegrated the fragile ceasefire that lasted in unsteady balance for five months. Both warring parties — the Tigrayan rebels and the Ethiopian government forces — have accused each other of starting the fighting. The former accused government forces of launching a

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Brazil’s Lula Inspires Hope — And Contention

Brazil’s presidential frontrunner and former President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has indicated that, if elected in the upcoming October vote, he will review the stalled European Union–Mercosur free trade agreement in order to address concerns about environmental protection, human rights and technology.  Formally drafted in June 2019, after 20

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U.N. Presses Yemen Warring Parties For Six-Month Truce Extension

The United Nations is urging Yemen’s warring parties to agree to a six-month truce extension. If agreed, this extension would be the longest in an ongoing conflict that has spanned across seven years. Such an agreement would signify momentous progress in a war that has claimed the lives of an

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The Precarious State Of Kenyan Democracy

On August 15th, 2022, William Ruto was declared President–elect of Kenya following an election that was distinguished as one of the most transparent in the nation’s history. In a country that has experienced gruesome episodes of post–election killings and abuse, the conduct of this election season symbolizes a major milestone

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An Institution Of Habit: Myanmar Junta Continues Its Reign Of Imposition

Myanmar’s military regime has extended the nation’s state of emergency for another six months to Feb 1st, 2023. The head of Myanmar’s military Junta Min Aung Hlaing has advanced that the country’s instability, the COVID–19 pandemic, and the need for additional election preparations all need to be resolved before free

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