Ruby Shealy

About Ruby Shealy

Ruby Shealy is a sophomore at Wellesley College pursuing a bachelor's degree in international relations.

Japan And South Korea Agree To Hold Summit In December

On Saturday, the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea agreed to hold formal peace talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Moon Jae-in. Japan Times reported that the talks are set to take place in China during the Japan-China-South Korea trilateral meeting scheduled for next month. The summit […]

Civil Unrest in Chile: The Importance Of Addressing Wealth Inequality

On Friday, more than one million people protested in the streets of Santiago to demand social and political change in Chile. Al Jazeera reported that this demonstration was the largest in the country since the 1988 marches against the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.  So far, Chilean president, Sebastian Piñera has […]

U.S. And Turkey Reach Ceasefire Agreement In Syria

On Thursday, a week after Trump decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria to clear the way for a Turkish military operation, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in northeastern Syria. This announcement came after five hours of talks between Vice […]

U.S. Judges Block Trump Administration’s “Public Charge” Rule

On Friday, CBS reported that Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from enforcing the “public charge” rule, which was set to go into effect 15 October. Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson, a federal judge in Washington state, and Judge […]

Cameroon Releases 333 Prisoners Amid National Peace Dialogue

On Thursday, Cameroon’s President Paul Biya announced the release of 333 prisoners arrested for their participation in separatist uprisings. Biya made the announcement on Twitter saying, “I have ordered the discontinuance of proceedings pending before Military Tribunals against 333 persons arrested for misdemeanors, in connection with the crisis in the […]

Forced Labour In Uzbekistan: Achieving Lasting Change

In 2016, the death of President Islam Karimov marked the end of his 26 years of autocratic rule in Uzbekistan. Under Karimov, Uzbekistan gained a reputation for having an oppressive government that subjected many of its citizens to a variety of human rights abuses including forced labour in cotton fields. […]

Protests Continue In Algeria Despite Government Crackdowns

On Friday, Al Jazeera reported that thousands of Algerian protestors had gathered in the capital of Algiers to demand the removal of the country’s powerful army chief, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, despite a heavy deployment of security forces in the city. This demonstration marked the 31st consecutive week of protests […]

Russia Ready For Ukraine Peace Talks

On Friday, a senior Kremlin aide announced that the Russian government is ready to resume the stalled Ukrainian peace process with France, Germany, and Ukraine if “concrete steps” are taken before the meeting. These preconditions include separating rival armed forces in eastern Ukraine on either side of the line of […]

Indonesian Police Ban Violent Protests And Separatist Speeches In Papua 1

On Friday, Indonesian Chief Security Minister Wiranto announced that the police force had banned violent demonstrations and separatist speeches in Papua following two weeks of widespread demonstrations against racial and ethnic discrimination in the region. Some protestors have called for restored internet access and the removal of extra troops deployed […]

Abuse In U.S. Women’s Prisons: The Need For Systematic Reform

On August 21st, the Miami Herald reported that Cheryl Weimar, a 51-year-old inmate at Lowell Correctional Institution in Marion County, Florida, was assaulted by a correctional lieutenant. Witnesses claimed that Weimar was complaining to officers that she was unable to clean toilets due to a pre-existing hip condition when a […]