Author: Margaret Stanton

Tigray’s Humanitarian Crisis Worsens As Starvation Spreads

“One month ago, everything ran out,” Girmanesh Meles, mother to an 18-month old baby, told Al Jazeera. “It became normal to spend four days eating nothing.” Meles is from the Ethiopian region of Tigray. Tigray has been embroiled in a civil war since November of 2020. Currently, the area faces

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Dozens Killed In Iraqi Hospital Fire

Dozens of people died in a fire at Al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq. There are various reports disputing the death toll, from the Health Ministry saying 60 to Iraq’s state news industry reporting 92 deaths. This is the second deadly fire to occur in one of Iraq’s coronavirus wards

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Assassination of Haitian President Opens A Power Vacuum

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated and his wife, Martine Moïse, was wounded in an overnight raid. Interim prime minister Claude Joseph released a statement calling the killing a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.”  Security forces engaged in an intense battle with gunmen while they attempted to flee the scene.

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Turkey’s Withdrawal From The Istanbul Convention, Treaty Protecting Women

Turkey has officially withdrawn from the 2011 Istanbul Convention, an international treaty that protects women from violence. This is the first time a European Council member has pulled out of an international human rights convention. Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary-General said “[T]urkey has set the clock back ten years on women’s

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Nicaraguan Authorities Continue To Arrest Ortega’s Opposition Prompting International Response

The Nicaraguan government has ordered the arrest of two more members of President Daniel Ortega’s opposition. With an upcoming presidential election, Nicaraguan authorities have carried out numerous attacks against Ortega’s political opponents. Most recently, sixteen people have been detained,  including potential presidential candidates.  Ortega’s administration passed new legislation in December

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Ethiopian War Weaponized Access To Food Causing A Man-Made Famine

353,000 people in Ethiopia are estimated to be suffering catastrophic food shortages, according to the UN-backed Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). Additionally, UNICEF reported 33,000 malnourished Ethiopian children at a high risk of death. Currently, starvation in Ethiopia is more widespread than anywhere else in the world. The nation

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Lebanon Faces Economic Collapse As Financial Crisis Worsens

Lebanon’s financial crisis might be one of the world’s worst economic crises in 150 years, according to a recent report by the World Bank. The crisis, which began in 2019, was exacerbated by the pandemic and last summer’s Port of Beirut explosion. Ongoing economic woes are accompanied by social instability

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Belarusian Government Shuts Down The Country’s Largest Independent News Organization

Belarusian authorities continued its brutal media suppression efforts last week, shutting down the country’s largest independent news organization, Tut.by.  The government took Tut.by offline, and raided the office and several homes of reporters.  The Belarusian Association of Journalists reported that 13 journalists were arrested and are currently being held in

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International Response to Belarus’ Violations of International Norms

Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, has been in office for 26 years. Since Lukashenko’s initial victory in 1994, every presidential election in Belarus has been deemed fraudulent. This summer, after Lukashenko proclaimed himself the victor of Belarus’ most recent election, protests erupted across the country. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the likely winner

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Brazilian Police Raid Among the Deadliest in Rio’s History

On Thursday, May 6th, Brazilian police launched an anti-gang raid in Jacarezinho, a favela located in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The purpose of the operation was to stop one of Brazil’s largest criminal organizations from continuing to recruit minors. Jacarezinho is dominated by the Brazilian gang, Comando

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International Response To Russian Aggression Towards Ukraine

Last week, German officials accused Russia of provoking conflict with Ukraine following a large movement of Russian troops to the Ukrainian border. Russia has mobilized tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine’s eastern border and in the annexed region of Crimea. N.A.T.O. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted that it was “the

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