Rachel Renz

Protests For Regime Change In Sudan Continue

In Sudan, protests sparked by increases in bread and fuel prices have been ongoing since December 19 and have escalated into calls for an end to the rule of President Omar al-Bashir. Protesters first took to the street because of the immediate crisis of the tripled price of bread, but […]

Venezuela’s Refugee Crisis

While the United States government has made immigration from Latin America one of its main concerns, it is important to look at the conditions in Latin American countries causing people to leave. In Venezuela, economic and political issues have caused a humanitarian crisis. On November 8, the UN reported that […]

Parliament Dissolved: Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Continues

After a controversial move where Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena’s fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replacing him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President also dissolved Parliament and called for a snap general election. Sirisena’s actions have been criticized as unconstitutional, and Wickremesinghe has refused to leave his position as Prime […]

Kenya’s Water Crisis

Millions of people around the world lack access to clean water and sanitation services. Water scarcity causes conflict as people and countries compete for the limited resource. As a water scarce country, over 80% of Kenya is arid or semi-arid land. Kenyans depend on water resources not only for drinking, […]

Increasing Pressure For Australia To Release Child Refugees Held On Nauru

In the past week, there has been growing pressure on the Australian government to remove refugees that are being held in detention centres on the island of Nauru. In the by-election on October 20th, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s party lost their majority in the House of Representatives, demonstrating the momentum […]

Residents Blocked From Returning To Syria

On October 16, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a statement detailing how the Syrian government has been actively blocking displaced residents from returning to their homes in former rebel zones.   Under Law 10, which was passed in April 2018, the government planned for the creation and establishment of […]

The Brazilian Election: First Indigenous Woman Elected to Congress

On October 7, 2018, Joenia Wapichana became Brazil’s first indigenous woman elected to Congress.  The very polarizing election – with presidential front runner Jair Bolsonaro making many hostile comments against women, indigenous peoples, and other minority groups – makes Wapichana’s victory even more important.  Brazil’s indigenous population of 900,000 people […]

Instability In The Lake Chad Basin

The population of the Lake Chad Basin is currently experiencing a severe humanitarian emergency.  This crisis encompasses the countries of Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon where over 2.4 million people have been displaced and over 10 million people are in need of aid.  The insecurity in the region is caused […]

Deadly Boko Haram Attack Near Lake Chad

On the night of September 28, Boko Haram killed six people in an attack in the Lake Chad Basin region of Chad. The attack by the extremist terror group was repelled by the Chadian army. Boko Haram has been a consistent threat to the people of Nigeria and the surrounding […]

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On China For Buying Missiles From Russia

On September 20th, the U.S. imposed sanctions on a Chinese military agency for buying defence equipment from Russia.  The sanctions were applied under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was passed in 2017 in response to malign activities by Russia, and it allows anyone found doing business […]