Author: Rachel Simpson

Hariri Resigns As Lebanon’s Designated Prime Minister

Saad Hariri has resigned as Lebanon’s designated prime minister after a tenure of nine months. Hariri assumed the position with the intention of determining what the next government will look like following the resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab following the Beirut explosion. Citing continuous disagreements about the composition of

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Catholic Churches Destroyed On Indigenous Land In Canada

Several Catholic churches have been destroyed by fire on Indigenous land in Canada in recent weeks. Two reported fires occurred on National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, on land belonging to the Penticton and Osoyoos Indian Land Bands. Another two fires were both set on June 26th in the Upper

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Lessons Learned From The January 6th Insurrection

As the sixth month anniversary of the Capitol insurrection nears, alt-right individuals in America are gearing up for what they’ve dubbed a “civil war” (MSNBC). Former President Trump recently resumed his rallies, predictably defending the actions of the January 6th Capitol insurrectionists and pushing his false election fraud narrative. The

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US, EU, UK And Canada Expand Sanctions On Belarus

The United States, European Union, United Kingdom, and Canada expanded sanctions on Belarus, following increased human rights abuses by Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime. Government crackdowns of protests, jailing and torturing of journalists, and the forced landing of a commercial Ryanair flight containing dissident journalist Roman Protasevich proved that previous sanctions

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U.N. Calls For More Action To End AIDS

The United Nations (UN) called for more action from the international community to end AIDS and adopted a set of specific targets at the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on AIDS on June 8th. According to The Associated Press, the General Assembly concurred that the COVID-19 pandemic set back

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Islamophobia In Canada: The Role Of The Internet

On 6th June 2021, in Ontario, 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman intentionally drove his vehicle into a family of five. He killed Salman Afzaal and his unnamed grandmother, Madiha Salman, Yumna Salman, and seriously injured nine-year-old Fayez Salman. Al Jazeera states that police have concluded the murder was indeed motivated by the family’s

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E.U. Forces Train Malian Soldiers To Strike Jihadist Insurgents From Afar

European forces are training Malian soldiers to strike jihadists from afar following increased military presence linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Mali. Foreign troops have been in Mali since 2012 to offer military support to the overwhelmed Mali security forces, but the ousting of President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéïta

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Mass Abductions Of Children In Nigeria Persist

On May 30, approximately 100 schoolchildren in Nigeria were abducted at an Islamic school. The perpetrators have been labelled “bandits” by the Nigerian government. This event, however, is not an anomaly. Nigeria has been experiencing a kidnapping-for-ransom crisis for years, according to the BBC. Schools in the Northwestern region closed

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U.S. Names Ambassador Richard Norland as Special Envoy for Libya

In a press statement released on May 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced that Richard Norland will serve as the special envoy for Libya. As the December 24, 2021 elections are nearing and foreign forces continue to occupy Libya, the U.S. is recognizing that these political processes will

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Main Congolese Opposition Party Boycotts Presidential Election

The main Congolese opposition party, Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), boycotted the most recent presidential election in the country. President Denis Sassou Nguesso was re-elected with 88% of the vote on March 23, beating six contenders and extending his 36-year reign to an unprecedented third term. Past events, such

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