Matthew Simmons

About Matthew Simmons

Matthew is a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Journalism at the University of Rochester.

Secretary Of State Pompeo Talks Coalition Against Iran With Saudi Arabia And UAE

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the possibility of building a coalition to counter the threat Iran posed by Iran with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Monday. Pompeo hopes to create a widespread, global coalition that would include European countries as well as other […]

No End In Sight For Protests Against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Mass protests occurred this past Friday in Algeria and continued over the weekend, with tens of thousands coming out to show their displeasure with the President. This was the third consecutive week of protests, and it doesn’t look like they are slowing down. The protesters are specifically opposed to President […]

Princess Reema Appointed As Saudi Arabia’s First Female U.S Ambassador

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia appointed its first female Ambassador to the United States. Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud’s designation was announced in a royal decree on Saturday, a move that seems to be attempting to heal the strained relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia which had since […]

Protests Break Out In India After Two Women Enter Sacred Hindu Temple

On Wednesday, two women entered Sabarimala Temple, located in Kerala, India. The temple is known for being one of Hinduism’s holiest sites, and is a popular pilgrimage destination. For many years, women between the ages of 10 and 50 were banned from entering or worshiping in the temple, as this […]

Proposed Government Coalition Rejected By Swedish Parliament

Following a two month period since Sweden held its last general election, the representatives of the Riksdag, Sweden’s national legislature, rejected the proposed minority coalition which would have been led by the nation’s second largest party, the Moderates. The vote which was held on the 14th, came in at 195 […]

South Korea’s Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of Conscientious Objection To Military Service 1

On Thursday, South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled that men can legally reject mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds without punishment. This decision comes after years of South Korean law that required able-bodied men to serve at least two years in the nation’s military. In 2004, the Supreme Court […]

One Dead, Two Injured In Sri Lankan Shooting Amid Political Crisis

On Sunday, 29th of October, one person was killed and two more were injured after a minister’s bodyguard opened fire into a crowd of protesters gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bodyguard was taken into custody soon after the incident while the victim – a 34-year-old man – died shortly […]

Egypt Sentences 17 To Death Over Church Bombings

An Egyptian military court sentenced 17 people to death due to their involvement with several terrorist bombings that occurred in 2016 and 2017. The court also sentenced a further 19 people to life prison terms, and 10 others were given a sentence of between 10 and 15 years. This series of […]

North Macedonia Future Uncertain After Failed Referendum 1

The state of Macedonia’s name is up in the air following an unsuccessful referendum to change the nation’s official name to “Republic of North Macedonia”. The referendum, which was held on Sunday, Sept. 30, saw 91% of voters agreeing with the name change. Unfortunately, only 36.9% of eligible voters participated, […]

Maldives Opposition Claims Election Victory

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition presidential candidate in the Maldives, claimed victory in the election early morning on Monday, Sept. 24. Solih defeated incumbent President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in what was described as “unexpected” by the Associated Press. Many voters believed there would be fraud committed by the President and […]