Author: Margaret Stanton

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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