Author: Matilda Cassel Ledin

Quebec Court Strikes Down Parts Of ‘Religious Symbols’ Law

On April 20th it was proclaimed by a court in the Canadian province of Quebec that the legislation known as Bill 21 violates certain sections of Canada’s constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. More specifically, the bill particularly targets Islam and Muslim women, as it prohibits public sector

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Indonesian Schoolgirls “Bullied” Into Religious Clothing

In Indonesia, schoolgirls are often forced or bullied into religious dress codes, despite the national motto of “unity in diversity.” The country is known for having a diverse population from numerous backgrounds and has claimed to celebrate those differences. However, Indonesia has the largest Islamic population in the entire world,

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Europe Wants To Diversify Its Pool Of Astronauts

For the first time in over a decade the European Space Agency is now accepting applications, with increased diversity as the main purpose. The agency specifically aims to recruit more women and people with disabilities, setting the tone of a more inclusive and progressive future. This gives more talented individuals

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Egyptian Police Arrest Cartoonist On Tenth Anniversary Of Uprising

On January 25th, an Egyptian cartoonist was arrested for posting a video tribute to the country’s rebellion during the Arab Spring in 2011. Ashraf Hamdi published his video on social media on the tenth anniversary of the first mass demonstrations in Egypt. These demonstrations played a key role in overthrowing

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Indian Government Again Invites Protesting Farmers For Talks

The Indian government has once again reached out to the tens of thousands of farmers that have been protesting by New Delhi’s borders for almost a month, defying the capital’s cold winter to demand the abolition of three contentious farm laws. The agriculture ministry expressed its dedication to accomplishing a

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Coronavirus Vaccine: How Will Poorer Countries Get A Fair Shot?

In the fight against COVID-19, the world is putting an immense amount of resources into developing an effective vaccine. Some scientists and pharmaceutical companies are saying that hopefully we will have a successful vaccine by the beginning of 2021. The problem with such a newly developed vaccine is that there

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U.A.E. Changes Laws To Attract Foreign Tourists And Investment

The United Arab Emirates has announced several changes to their legal system, including the abolishment of forgiving verdicts for honour killings, fewer alcohol restrictions, and an ability for noncitizens to be excluded from Islamic law considering inheritance and divorce. The modified laws are supposed to attract tourists and funding from

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Dozens Killed In ‘Brutal’ Western Ethiopia Attack

On Sunday November 1st, armed soldiers in west Ethiopia opened fire and killed dozens of men, women and children in a cruel attack that was claimed to be executed by the Oromo Liberation Army, a group that has been active in the area for a long period of time. The

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Teens Among 24 Killed At Kabul Education Centre Bombing

On the evening of Saturday, October 24th, 24 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at an education centre in Kabul. In total, 57 people, including several teenagers, were wounded after the attacker detonated explosives. Many of the victims were claimed to be students between the ages 15 and

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Thailand: Thousands Return To Streets Despite Police Ban

On Sunday, October 18th, thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Bangkok, defying authorities’ ban on protests while calling for fresh elections, a new constitution, and a reformation of the monarchy. Last Thursday, the Thai government declared a severe state of emergency, prohibiting demonstrations and the publication of “sensitive” news, as

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At Afghan Peace Talks, Hoping To End Their Fathers’ War

In Doha, Qatar, peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are taking place, hoping to end their fathers’ war. Since the opening session on September 12th, negotiations have occurred to establish a peaceful solution to the extensive conflict in the region. On both sides, the children of the

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Armenian, Azeri Forces Battle Again; 21 Reported Dead

At least 21 people were killed on September 28th when Armenian and Azeri forces opened fire after a second day of heavy clashes over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The battle involved airpower, missiles, and powerful armor, with both sides accusing the other of serious artillery. The dispute between Armenia and

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Greece Close To Resuming Maritime Talks With Turkey

This week Greece announced that it was close to resuming talks with Turkey to resolve their long-disputed maritime boundaries. This news came after Ankara responded to Athens’ concerns by revoking an oil and gas investigation vessel from disputed Mediterranean waters this month. The two countries have a long history of

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Paraguayans Call For Release Of Kidnapped Ex-Vice President

On September 13th, hundreds of protesters gathered in Paraguay to demand freedom for the former vice president, Óscar Denis. Denis and one of his employees were kidnapped on Wednesday night by members of the Marxist rebel group Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The rebel group called on the government to discharge

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China Delays Renewing Credentials For Journalists At U.S. Outlets

On September 7th, China decided to delay the renewals of expiring press credentials for journalists at American media outlets, including news organizations such as CNN, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal. The decision was a response to Chinese journalists still waiting for their expired visas to be renewed in the

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Malian Soldiers Promise Elections After Coup D’état

On August 18th, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was overthrown in a coup d’état by Malian soldiers after months of protests and turmoil. The soldiers, who call themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, detained Keita at gunpoint. Later that same night, he resigned under duress and

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