Author: Maryam F. Mohammed

As Libyan Clashes Continue, The West Evades Responsibility

On August 14th, Libya experienced its worst fighting in a year in the capital city of Tripoli. Clashes between two armed factions led to dozens killed and over 100 injured, only three years after the ceasefire considered to be “historic” by the United Nations. Sporadic violence has plagued the African

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Russia Attacks Ukrainian Ports, Destroying Grain Stores

Local officials have reported the destruction of grain storages by Russian drone attacks on Ukrainian ports. The ports are located on the River Danube just across the waterway from Romania, a NATO member. The Danube is a key export route that supplies agricultural and other goods to the Black Sea. 

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Afghanistan: Taliban Bar Women From Taking Key University Exams

The Taliban-ruled government of Afghanistan has banned Afghani women from taking an exam necessary to practice medicine, according to a U.N. report. Since May 2023, officials have only permitted male medical students to take the Exit Supplementary Exam—some women had been blocked from taking the exam earlier in the year

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Senegalese Opposition Leader Charged Again After Dissolution Of Party

Background The Senegalese leader of the recently dissolved political party PASTEF, Ousmane Sonko, has been charged with theft and calling for insurrection after his arrest in Dakar on Friday. His lawyers were denied all communication with Sonko, apart from Me Cire Cledor Ly, who was able to petition for a

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Philippines Increases Ties With U.S. As Tension With China Continues To Rise

On August 5th, the Chinese Coast Guard used water cannons to redirect a Philippine Navy supply vessel away from a disputed reef. The Second Thomas Shoal, or Ayungin Shoal, hosts a grounded Philippine warship and Philippine troops, who were expecting basic provisions. China’s Foreign Ministry claims that the Philippines’ occupation

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Bolsonaro Banned From Office For Undermining Election Validity

Former president Jair Bolsonaro’s political future has taken a heavy hit after being found guilty on charges of abuse of power and misuse of public media. As Brazil’s leading conservative politician, Bolsonaro spread misinformation regarding the validity of the Brazilian electoral system to audiences across the country, weakening trust in

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Canada Sanctions Iranian Judges Over Human Rights Abuse

The Canadian government has placed sanctions on Iranian judges, citing human rights violations. This includes claims of overuse of the death penalty, harsh prison terms, and unfair trials, along with systemic oppression of women. The sanctions’ aim is to prohibit the selected judges from holding assets in Canada and from

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Ukraine Initiates Counteroffensive Against Russia

Ukrainian forces have recaptured seven villages from Russian control in the past week, according to a statement made on Monday by Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar. The recaptured territory includes the villages of Blahodatne, Makarivka, Neskuchne, Lobkove, Levadne, and Novodrivka, and spans 90 square kilometers. These small successes could easily

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