Author: Olivia Berntsson

Ending Child Marriage In Zimbabwe With Help From Taekwondo

Child marriage is a critical issue worldwide. Due to the economic effects of COVID-19, the organization Save The Children said an estimated 500,000 girls were at risk of being forced into child marriages. In Zimbabwe, child marriage is widespread, and the United Nations issued a statement saying that one out

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G7 Leaders Press The U.S. To Extend The Kabul Evacuation Deadline

On Monday, 23 August, almost 11,000 people evacuated Kabul, Afghanistan, where Taliban militants seized control over a week ago. ​Thousands of Afghans and foreigners are making their way to Kabul’s airport in hopes of fleeing the Taliban. United States President Joe Biden was expected to decide on extending the 31

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EU Leaders Confront Hungary’s Leadership Over New Anti-LGBT Law

On June 24th, European Union leaders confronted Prime Minister Viktor Orban over Hungary’s new anti-LGBTQ law, stressing their commitment to defending all human rights. According to Reuters, the bill bans the distribution of the material in schools that promotes homosexuality or gender change and was approved last week by Hungary’s

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U.S. Leadership Crucial In Gaza Reconstruction

On May 27th, Al Jazeera announced that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had ended his tour of the Middle-East to maintain the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian military in Gaza. Blinken further emphasized the importance of working towards “equality” for Palestinians and at the same time, assured

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53 Sailors Declared Dead After Indonesian Submarine Accident

On Sunday, April 25th, the Indonesian submarine, KRI Nanggala 402, with 53 sailors on board was found at the bottom of the sea outside of Bali. The sub was reported missing early on Wednesday morning, April 21st, leading to a fanatic international search to pinpoint its exact location. The hope

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Senegal Opposition Leader Charged With Rape And Released On Bail

Senegal’s opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested this month after being charged with rape on Monday, March 8th. After multiple violent protests pending his rape trial, his lawyer announced that he has now been released on bail under judicial supervision. Sonko claims that the rape allegations against him were politically

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Can Waivers Help Solve COVID-19 Vaccine Inequality?

On Monday, March 1st, The World Trade Organization General Council gathered to discuss the possibility of states and non-governmental actors to temporarily waive patents for COVID-19 vaccines. The ambition is to expedite the transfer of technology and scientific knowledge to developing countries to advance the global production of vaccines and

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U.N. Urges 57 Countries To Reclaim Women And Children From Syrian Camps

On Monday, February 8th, U.N. rights experts urged 57 states to repatriate women and children who are being held in camps associated with Islamic State fighters in northeast Syria. According to Reuters, the citizens are being held under “sub-human” conditions without legitimate process. Experts explained that under international law, the

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Top U.S Lawmaker Vows To Reverse Trump’s ‘Insulting’ Africa Policy

On Monday February 1st, incoming chair of the U.S House Foreign Affairs Committee Gregory Meeks announced that he would prioritize sub-Saharan Africa in the United States’ foreign policy. Meeks was elected as head of the influential committee in December and is already planning on redefining America’s foreign policy by advocating

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Putin calls pro-Navalny marches illegal

On January 25th, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to convict protestors who were demonstrating to demand the release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained in one of Moscow’s most infamous jails. He was being held on a 30-day pre-trial detention order for failing to check in with

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Water Security In Bolivia Declines From Glacier Melt

Bolivia’s Tuni glacier has shrunk rapidly over the past decade, now putting the nation’s capital city in a critical water shortage. Located in the heart of South America, the landlocked country experiences low rainfall and regular droughts. The 800,000 citizens of La Paz have depended on water from the glaciers

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330 Students Kidnapped – Is Boko Haram Expanding?

On December 11th, over 800 students were getting ready for the night at northwestern Nigeria’s Government Science Secondary School when it was attacked by armed men. The majority of the schoolboys managed to escape, but over 330 were abducted, likely by the Islamic insurgent group Boko Haram, and held captive

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