Tess Brennan

About Tess Brennan

Currently a first year graduate student at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. Pursuing a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Global Justice. Graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Political Science.

Abortion And Same-Sex Marriage Legalized In Northern Ireland

At midnight this past Monday, an amendment to legalize same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland went into effect. At that time, all existing investigations and prosecutions against women who have had or sought abortions were dropped. According to the New York Times, full abortion services are scheduled to be […]

Protests Over Economic Crisis In Lebanon

Protests continued to rage in Lebanon on Friday amid growing frustration over the government’s handling of the economic crisis in the country. Protestors called for the resignation of the current government, including Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, President Michel Aoun, and Speaker Nabih Berri. The protests began in the capital city […]

Three Indian Engineers Released In Taliban Prisoner Swap

On Monday, a source from the Afghan government confirmed that a prisoner swap had taken place between the Afghan government and the Taliban. According to numerous reports, the Afghan government released eleven Taliban members in exchange for three Indian engineers. The engineers were among seven kidnapped by the Taliban in […]

Presidential Elections In Afghanistan 1

On Saturday September 28th, the 2019 Presidential elections were held in Afghanistan, mired by threats of attacks from the Taliban and reports of fraudulent voting practices. Although there were more than a dozen candidates on the ballot, the top two contenders are sitting President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah […]

2019 UN General Assembly Held Amid Global Crises

The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on September 17th, with the first session of high-level general debate starting on the following Tuesday, September 24th, 2019. This year’s theme is “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty, eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion”. The General Assembly will conclude […]

Boris Johnson Cancels Press Conference Amid Continued Brexit Frustration

On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pulled out of a press conference with Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, amid anti-Brexit protests. According to CNN, British officials had requested the conference be moved inside. Officials in Luxembourg responded by saying there was no indoor space that was adequately sized to […]

International Atomic Energy Agency Confirms Iran Is Installing New Centrifuges

On Monday, 9 September, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran has begun installing new centrifuges. This report, verified by inspectors from the UN atomic watchdog, quickly sparked concern around the globe. This is not the first time Iran has caused concern over their nuclear activities. Since the United […]

Johnson & Johnson To Pay $572 Million In Landmark Opioid Crisis Trial 1

On Monday, Judge Thad Balkman of the Cleveland District Court delivered the ruling in a landmark trial against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. The state of Oklahoma, originally seeking $17 billion from the company, was awarded $572 million dollars (New York Times). In his ruling, Judge Balkman stated that Johnson […]

General Shavendra Silva Appointed Commander Of Sri Lankan Army Despite Accusations Of War Crimes

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army on Monday, despite accusations that he has in the past committed war crimes and human rights abuses. The announcement came on Monday and was instantly met with international opposition. The accusations surround Silva’s actions as leader […]

Matteo Salvini’s Election Hopes Are Met With Opposition 1

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Italian party Lega Nord, has called for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Salvini’s hope is to force a collapse of the current government and trigger early elections. U.S. News reports that party leaders met on Monday, August 12th […]