Sarah Burch


Death Toll Rises As Clashes In Gaza Continue 1

The first weekend of May saw the most intense fighting in the Gaza Strip since the war in 2014, with 24 Palestinians and four Israelis killed in the ongoing violence. The New York Times reports that this latest outbreak seems to have begun on Friday when a Palestinian sniper wounded […]


Southern California Synagogue Attack Is A “Hate Crime”

A 19-year old opened fire in a synagogue in Poway, California, on Saturday morning and the last day of the Jewish holiday of Passover, killing one congregant and wounding three others. The attack was six months to the day after the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, […]


Citizens Protest As Violence Escalates In Tripoli

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), supported by the UN and in control of the capital city of Tripoli, has been fighting the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) on the city’s outskirts for the past two weeks since the LNA declared an offensive to take Tripoli in early April. […]


Detained Migrants Fearful As Threat of Violence Looms In Tripoli

The Libyan National Army (LNA) began an offensive against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) last week, in a series of attacks in and near the capital Tripoli that have left inhabitants stockpiling supplies, fearing the violence will spread further. Migrants from all over Africa, detained in makeshift jails, […]


#ArewaMeToo: Survivors In The Nigerian North Speak Out

In the traditionally socially conservative Muslim-majority Nigerian North, the #MeToo movement has caught hold, with the hashtag #ArewaMeToo cropping up increasingly on social media alongside survivors’ stories of sexual abuse and harassment. The hashtag has exploded over the past few months, with its first usage in early February 2019 by […]


Teenage Palestinian Medic Killed By Israeli Troops

17-year-old Sajid Muzher, a volunteer medic, was killed this week when the Israeli army raided the Dheisheh refugee camp in the Palestinian West Bank. He was shot in the stomach, and later died at the Beit Jala Hospital in the West Bank, according to Al Jazeera. The Times of Israel […]


Gun Control And Islamophobia In Spotlight After Christchurch Shooting

The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, declared on Sunday that the country would see changes in its gun laws following its most deadly massacre this past week, in which fifty people were killed in attacks during prayer at two mosques in Christchurch. The attack, which observers have claimed was […]


Protests Against President Bouteflika Growing Across Algeria

The third week of protests in Algeria kicked off on Monday with the beginning of a general strike in major sectors of the country’s economy, including within its largest sector – energy production. The protests have been ongoing since a rally on February 22nd, 2019, opposed current president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s declaring […]


Top Aide To Pope Convicted Of Child Sex Crimes In Australia

Cardinal George Pell, Australian former archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne, and the top financial advisor to Pope Francis in the Vatican, had been convicted in December of one count of sexual abuse, along with four counts of indecent assault. The New York Times reports that the lifting of a gag […]


U.S. States Sue Trump Over Emergency Wall Declaration

16 U.S. states filed a lawsuit in federal court last Monday in response to President Trump declaring a national emergency over border security the week before. The Associated Press reports that the states joining the attorney general of California in this lawsuit are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, […]