Maria Kuiper

About Maria Kuiper

Maria Kuiper is a third-year student at the University of Iowa. She is studying journalism, Arabic, geography, and human rights.

First Iranian Gas Tanker Reaches Venezuela

An Iran oil tanker reached Venezuela on May 23. The U.S. has sanctions on both countries and the arrival of the tanker has brought up questions of U.S. intervention. The Iranian tankers hold enough gasoline to supply Venezuela for two to three weeks. Even though Venezuela has the world’s largest […]

Afghan Migrants Allegedly Tortured By Iranian Border Guards

Afghan migrants trying to cross into Iran illegally were allegedly tortured and drowned by Iranian border guards on May 3rd. Reports from the Governor of the Iran border district of Gulran, as well as the Taliban, estimate 55 Afghan migrants were forced into the Harirud river. Eighteen bodies had been recovered […]

Libya’s GNA Shooting Down Haftar Jets Will Cause More Libyan Turmoil

Libya’s U.N.-backed government said two fighter jets and a helicopter belonging to Khalifa Haftar were shot down on Sunday, April 12th. After Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011 during the Libyan Civil War, the fight for power has been between two groups: the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan […]

Pope Francis Starts Emergency COVID-19 Fund

On Monday April 6, Pope Francis started an emergency fund  to help developing countries affected by the coronavirus and jumpstarted the donations with a generous contribution of $750,000. The Pope has also specifically asked church entities and dioceses to contribute.  This initiative differs from the response of other nations. For […]

India’s CAA: Another Move Toward A Hindu-First Nation

The United Nations High Commissioner filed for intervention in India’s Supreme Court. The basis for this intervention was the discriminatory nature of India’s Citizen Amendment Act (CAA).  What is the CAA? The CAA, passed in December 2019, is an amendment that has religiously discriminated against Muslims. The act allows citizenship […]

Saudi Arabia Detains 298 Government Officials

Saudi Arabia detained 298 government officials on Sunday, March 15 on grounds of corruption. Saudi’s Nazaha, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, accused the 298 officials of financial and administrative corruption, embezzlement, waste of public money, exploitation of position, and public office administration misuse. “The fight against corruption is no excuse for […]