Author: Luisa Tembo

Pervasive Terrorism In Africa And Peacekeeping

The Mogadishu double truck bombings in Somalia carried out on Saturday, October 14 that killed 358 people and injured hundreds more is the deadliest single attack in Somalia’s modern history. The initial bombing destroyed the Safari hotel, several vehicles, and caused damage to Qatar’s embassy in Somalia. The Somali government

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The United States Withdraws Membership From UNESCO

The US has announced that it will officially withdraw its membership from the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 31, 2018. The US State Department released a statement regarding its departure on October 12, stating that it will establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO, citing

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U.S. Lifts Economic And Trade Sanctions From Sudan

In an unexpected turn of events, the United States has lifted sanctions on Sudan, ending a 20-year trade embargo with the African nation. After 16 months of diplomatic talks, the State Department declared that Sudan has been cooperating with the U.S. on counterterrorism. A State Department official stated that “We

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UN To Send War Crime Investigators To Yemen

The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution to establish a panel to examine human rights abuses in Yemen. The resolution mandates the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein to appoint “a group of eminent international and regional experts” to conduct a “comprehensive examination” of abuses,

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New Ceasefire Agreement Signed To End Mali Conflict

The BBC News reports that pro-government fighters and rebel forces have signed a new ceasefire agreement on Wednesday, September 20th, in hopes of ending the armed conflict in northern Mali. Since the 2012 Tuareg rebellion and consequent military coup, Mali has faced a multitude of internal problems, including a failed

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The 2017 Hurricane Season And The Connection To Global Warming

Hurricane Irma has caused devastation in the Caribbean, affecting an estimated 1.2 million people and leaving at least 25 dead. On Friday, September 8th, the small island of Barbuda was decimated by the deadly Category five storm, destroying 95% of its buildings and leaving half of its residents homeless, according

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Angola’s Historic Election Marks End Of Dos Santos 38 Year Rule

President José Eduardo dos Santos ends his 38-year-long rule of Angola. Nearly six million Angolans went to the polls last Wednesday, and official results show that João Lourenco of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has secured 150 of 220 parliamentary seats, about 61 percent of the

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Terror Reigns As Women Suicide Bombers Kill 30 In Nigeria

There has been a striking resurgence in suicide bomb attacks in the Northern region of Nigeria. On Tuesday, August 15th, three women strapped with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) detonated their explosives and killed 30 people and severely injured 83 more, according to BBC News. The attacks took place at two

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Tragedy Strikes As Refugees Killed By Smugglers Near Yemen

On August 9th, 50 Somali and Ethiopian migrants were “deliberately drowned” in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Yemen on a boat that was smuggling 120 migrants, according to CNN. The boat was headed to Yemen, carrying young men and women that averaged age 16. The International Organization on

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U.S. Backs Baltics Against Russia ‘Threat’

Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the Baltic states during a recent trip to the Baltics, where he met with presidents and officials from across the region, according to BBC News. Speaking at a press conference in Estonia on Monday, July 31st, Pence stated that “America stands

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