Rachel Renz

Renewed Attacks In Syria Cause Wave Of Refugees To Turkey

More than 235,000 people were displaced between December 12 – 25 from the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, the last major region held by the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, due to weeks of intense bombardment and a ground offensive by Syrian government forces that began on December 19.  Many […]

Food Insecurity In Zimbabwe

Following a visit to Zimbabwe from November 18 – 28, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, released a report of her findings on the ongoing food insecurity crisis in Zimbabwe.  Although Zimbabwe’s Constitution guarantees the right to adequate food, Zimbabwe’s current crisis is the result […]

First Woman Elected Mayor Of Colombia’s Capital

On October 27, Claudia López, a member of the Green Alliance party, became the first woman to be elected mayor of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá. These were the first local elections since the signing of a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016, […]

“Kashmir Hour:” Pakistan Shows Solidarity With The Disputed Region

On Friday, August 30, traffic and trains stopped in Pakistan at 12 pm as crowds gathered to show solidarity with the people in the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir. The event was led by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in response to India’s ongoing lockdown, including a high military presence and […]

Ten Years After the Coup In Honduras

Protests have been building in Honduras approaching June 28, the tenth anniversary of the coup ousting Honduras’ democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya.  The recent protests began in late April led by teachers and healthcare workers after proposed reforms to the health and education ministries that were seen as a step […]

Prison Violence In Brazil Causes 55 Deaths

A two-day explosion of prison violence has left 55 inmates dead in Manaus, Brazil. The violence began on May 26 when 15 people were fatally strangled or stabbed at the Anísio Jobim prison complex, and spread the following day where another 40 people were killed at three nearby prisons. This […]

Mozambique Facing Humanitarian Crisis: Second Tropical Cyclone Of The Year Makes Landfall

On April 25, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado Province, causing widespread damage in the Macomia and Quissanga districts north of Pemba and on the island of Ibo.  The storm has killed at least 41 people and destroyed almost 35,000 homes, along with damage to infrastructure […]

President Of Kazakhstan Resigns

In a televised address on 19 March, Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation. Nazarbayev was president for 30 years, and was the only president independent Kazakhstan has ever known. He was the last Soviet-era leader still in power, and this controlled transition of power allows him to leave office […]

Cubans Ratify New Constitution

On February 24, Cuba held a constitutional referendum whereby the new constitution was ratified by an overwhelming majority however, the amount of dissent has increased from past elections.  The new constitution upholds Cuba’s one-party communist system and centrally planned economy and institutes some changes, such as legitimizing private business and […]

Greece Ratifies New Name For Neighbor: North Macedonia

On January 25, Greece ratified an agreement that puts an end to a 28-year dispute over the use of the name “Macedonia”.  The Greek Parliament voted 153 to 146 to ratify the Prespa Agreement, under which their neighboring country’s name will be changed to the Republic of North Macedonia, and […]