Author: Lily Gretz

What Mali Needs After This Week’s Military Coup

On August 18th, after months of protests and unrest, Mali military officers staged a coup that resulted in President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s resignation. The military felt the need to step in after months of mass protests over a lack of public security failed to get enough attention from the government.

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The Israel-UAE Deal And Its Implications For Palestine

A diplomatic agreement established this week between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel has left Palestinians feeling further neglected. Although the agreement included the caveat that Israel cannot annex the West Bank, a plan that Israeli leadership has long pushed for, the action has nevertheless been viewed as a

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England’s Lockdown Causes New Wave Of Virus-Related Racism

England’s recent decision to lockdown several Muslim-populated communities in the north has sparked a new wave of virus-related racism in Europe. The lockdown was put in place a day before Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest Muslim holidays of the year. Its conditions prohibit different households from mingling with one

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New Wave Of Ethnic Violence Strikes In Nigeria

Dozens of Nigerians were killed over the course of several days this past week during targeted attacks against non-Muslim minorities. On July 19th and 20th, attacks were made by radical Muslims of Fulani ethnicity in southern Kaduna. A few days later, the attacks repeated, this time targeting the small village

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Venezuelan Migrants Put At Risk As They Try To Return Home

In the past few months, as the dangers of COVID-19 have escalated in Latin America, many Venezuelan refugees have had a difficult time re-entering their home country. About 60,000 Venezuelan migrants have crossed back into the country from Colombia since March, and Colombian authorities expect these numbers to jump by

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China Withdraws Troops From Sino-Indian Border

This past Monday, China began pulling troops back from contested spots on the Sino-Indian border. This is a significant development given the incidents of last month. On June 15, a supposed withdrawal of troops from both sides turned into a clash that killed 20 Indian soldiers. The violent skirmish lasted

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Ten Humanitarian Workers Abducted In Southwest Niger

This past Wednesday, gunmen abducted 10 humanitarian aid workers in the Tillaberi region of Southwestern Niger. At the time of the abduction, the workers were distributing food to Nigerians, most of whom are plagued by low income, malnutrition, food insecurity, and regional conflict, according to Al Jazeera. The gunmen entered

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Protests Turn Violent In Britain: What Needs To Be Done Differently?

This past week, London experienced a clash of forces as Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists and far-right groups took to the streets to defend their beliefs. The turmoil came a week after BLM supporters in Bristol, England targeted statues honoring those who upheld racist ideals, including that of Edward Colton,

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Afghan Peace Talks To Continue This Month

American and Afghani leaders are hopeful that peace talks will advance this month and potentially bring an end to the 18-year-long conflict in Afghanistan. Peace talks commenced in February of this year and included a promise of U.S withdrawal of troops and an end to Taliban terrorist acts in the

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Will New Hong Kong Liason Create Greater Peace In China?

This past week, China’s Hong Kong liaison Wang Zhimin was removed from office and replaced by Luo Huining. The 65-year old Luo is a semi-retired leader in the Chinese Communist Party. This new role as liaison makes him the main point of contact between Beijing and Hong Kong. He replaced

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