Author: Sydney Stewart

EU Seeks Suspension Of Visa Agreement With Belarus Over Forced Migration

The European Union (EU) is seeking suspension of its 2020 Visa Facilitation Agreement with Belarus as it applies to government officials, citing Minsk’s increased migrant human rights abuses and lack of compliance. This announcement is a response to a recent spike in irregular migration patterns at Belarus’ borders with nearby

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U.S. Completes Pullout In Afghanistan, Leaving Chaos In Its Wake

Thursday, August 26th: Twin bomb attacks on Kabul airport orchestrated by Isis-Khorosan result in 170 civilian deaths and 13 U.S. military fatalities. The attack was expected, but escaping citizens were too desperate to heed warnings. Sunday, August 29th: U.S.A. strikes ISIS explosive-filled vehicle using drone technology. Ten Afghan civilians were

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Delayed Ethiopian Election Questions Validity Amidst Regional Violence

On July 10th, Abiy Ahmed won 410 of 436 seats in the Ethiopian Parliament to secure his role as Prime Minister for another five years. Abiy tweeted that it was “a historically inclusive election,” even though one-fifth of Ethiopia’s population did not participate due to “insecurity and logistical problems,” according

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Iranian Election Marred By Corruption Results In New Hardline President

On 19 June, Ebrahim Raisi won the popular vote to become the eighth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although he promises to champion economic prosperity and fight corruption, many are complaining that the election was not competitive and fraudulent. Amidst great economic hardship throughout Iran and continued nuclear

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North Korea’s Missile Launch Sends Message to United States

Beginning at 7:04 AM on Thursday, March 25th, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into eastern waters, violating the United Nations Security Council resolution on nuclear weapons. This move follows last weekend’s release of two “cruise missiles” into the Yellow Sea. While the United States dismissed the first launch as

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International Criminal Court Claims Jurisdiction Over Palestinian Territories

On Friday, February 5th, the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided that its jurisdiction rightfully extends to Palestinian territories. This landmark ruling is significant given that Palestine is not internationally recognized as an official state, even by the United Nations where it holds non-member observer status. The response to the ICC’s

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Kremlin Corruption: Russia Demands Navalny Return And Face Jail Time

  On December 28th, the Russian Kremlin ordered Alexei Navalny’s immediate return from Germany for a hearing. Navalny, Putin’s primary opposition, is currently recovering in Berlin after his suspected poisoning in August. This petition was issued by Russia’s Federal Prison Service (FSIN), who claimed Navalny had been actively avoiding a

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New Strain Of COVID-19 Discovered In The U.K.

After a year of researching and combatting COVID-19, a new strain of the novel coronavirus was discovered in the U.K. last week. This variant is becoming the most prominent strain throughout southern England, but has also been discovered in Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, and South Africa. While scientists do not believe

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Iran’s Conflicting Reports On Nuclear Scientist Death Raises Concerns

On November 27th, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head scientist for Iranian nuclear development, was shot in his car in Tehran. Following the assassination, Iranian authorities released various conflicting reports on how Fakhrizadeh was killed. At first, officials believed that both Fakhrizadeh and one of his bodyguards died in a gunfight between

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