Marielle Devereaux

European Union Signs Aid Agreement For Afghan-Led Peace Plan In Geneva

On November 27, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani co-hosted the Geneva Conference with the United Nations (UN) to discuss plans for peace and overall growth in Afghanistan. There the European Union (EU) agreed to help Afghanistan finance their state building and public sector reforms, healthcare, law enforcement, and elections. According to […]

Rohingya Refugees Terrified Of Being Repatriated To Myanmar

On Thursday, the government of Bangladesh plans to begin sending Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, a country the oppressed group left to escape mass rape and genocide. Though Bangladesh claims the repatriation is voluntary, a supposed deal with Myanmar made a month prior suggests that they plan to forcefully deport […]

UN Requests Access To Yemen To Assist Victims Of Starvation

One of the worst consequences of the brutal three-year war in Yemen is its effect on the civilians who are slowly but surely starving to death. The United Nations Children’s Fund has requested that the Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition allow humanitarian aid to be delivered safely to those in […]

Sri Lankan President Suspends Parliament To Reintroduce Former Prime Minister Amid Backlash

On October 26th, President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka challenged the country’s constitution by dismissing Ranil Wickremesinghe from his position as Prime Minister. In his place, therefore, Sirisena appointed opposition leader, and former Sri Lankan President- Mahinda Rajapaksa. Al Jazeera reports that just hours after this, Wickremesinghe called on parliament to […]

Jordan Plans To Reclaim Land Leased To Israel Under 1994 Deal

This week King Abdullah II of Jordan has decided not to continue a contract in a 1994 peace deal that allowed Israel to have private ownership over two pieces of land along the Jordanian-Israeli border. As a part of this treaty, Israeli people were given a 25-year lease to cultivate […]

U.S. Student Detained In Israel Over Alleged Ties To BDS

Israel is under heavy criticism for detaining an American graduate student for over a week at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. On October 2nd, 22-year-old Lara Alqasem was barred from entering the country to attend Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. This was due her alleged participation in the Boycott, Divestment […]

Anti-Government Protesters Arrested In Nicaragua

On Sunday, Nicaraguan police arrested 38 people in Managua who were protesting against the Nicaraguan government and calling for the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, as well as the Vice President Rosario Murillo, according to the BBC. The protest, dubbed “United for Liberty”, had been orchestrated by […]

Eminent Economist In Saudi Arabia Charged With Treason

A distinguished Saudi economist is being charged with treason by the country’s public prosecutor. According to Al Jazeera, the allegations against this businessman, Essam al-Zamil, claim that he has dispensed private information about the kingdom to foreign diplomats. His past public criticism of a government plan to sell part of […]

UK Intelligence Agencies Illegally Spy On Privacy International

On September 25th, UK intelligence agencies admitted to unlawfully spying on the London-based company Privacy International (PI). MI5, MI6, and GCHQ were all involved in the illegal collection and examination of data taken from this company, which advocates for global and personal privacy against mass government and independent surveillance. This […]

“Rigged” Election In Russia Draws Attention To The Government’s Corruption

Gubernatorial elections were held in the Primorye district in Eastern Russia, and the improbable victory of a less popular candidate has a number of Russian citizens wondering if the electoral process was tampered with. The Independent reports that in the last one percent of voting precincts to be counted, United […]