Author: Tess Gellert

Nigerian Government Bans Twitter

In early June 2021, the government of Nigeria announced that it had indefinitely suspended Twitter within its borders, according to Reuters. This announcement came just two days after Twitter removed a post made by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari which contained a veiled threat towards regional secessionists in the southeast, tweeting

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U.S. Supports Waiving Vaccine Patents

United States president Joe Biden voiced his support for temporarily waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines on May 5, 2021, according to Reuters. This represents a reversal of the U.S.’s previous stance on vaccine patent wavers as the Biden administration gave in to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers and

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Texas Power Outage Crisis A Foreboding Sign Of Climate Change

A massive and unprecedented snowstorm hit the state of Texas in the United States the evening of February 14th, 2021, causing a massive increase in power demand that resulted in the state’s electric grid operator to impose rotating blackouts, according to Reuters. More than 4 million people across the state

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The De-Platforming Of Donald Trump

Twitter has permanently suspended now former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account as of January 8th, 2021, citing an “incitement of violence” risk, according to Reuters. This comes after violent insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th, where many of Trump’s supporters rioted in objection to the certification of

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Arctic Sea Ice At Record Low Levels For Month Of October

Danish researchers have found that there has been an 8.2% decline in Arctic sea ice over the last ten years, with sea ice levels reaching a record low for the month of October in 2020, according to Al Jazeera. Rising air and ocean temperatures have made it difficult for the

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Mali Announces New Government Following August Coup

On October 5th, Mali announced that a new government has been formed—composed mainly of military officials—after a coup in August 2020 deposed former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, according to Reuters. Retired colonel Bah Ndaw has been announced as interim president and colonel Assimi Goita, who led August’s coup, will serve

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New Round Of Protests Erupt In Venezuela As Public Services Fail

A new round of protests has swept across Venezuela as people become increasingly discontent over fuel shortages and consistent failure of public services, according to Reuters. The Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict in Caracas reports that over 100 protests have taken place across the country since the weekend of September

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Lack Of Funding Causes U.N. To Cut Critical Aid To Yemen

On 23 September, the United Nations said that critical aid to Yemen was cut at nearly 300 health centers across the country due to a lack of funding, according to Al Jazeera. This comes as Yemen experiences the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with over 24 million people comprising

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Floods And Food Shortages Threaten To Push Nigeria Into A Food Crisis

Nigeria is currently dealing with twin crises, record-breaking flooding, and a food shortage. According to Reuters, this is threatening to push Africa’s most populous country into a devastating food crisis. In 2020, Nigeria has dealt with destructive floods that have killed at least 40 and have displaced over 15,000 people.

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Russian Opposition Leader Has Come Out Of Coma, Berlin Hospital Says

Russian opposition leader and Putin critic Alexei Navalny has come out of a medically induced coma and is responsive at Charité Hospital in Berlin, according to Reuters. Charité Hospital said in a statement that Navalny “is being weaned off mechanical ventilation” and “is responding to verbal stimuli,” but that “it

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Understanding The Cyprus Papers

A leak of government documents obtained by Al Jazeera has revealed that the Republic of Cyprus sold citizenship to dozens of people, many of whom are linked to crime and corruption, through the Cyprus Investment Program (CIP). These documents are now known as the Cyprus Papers and include over 1,400

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China Welcomes Putin’s Proposed Summit On Iran

China has welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposed summit of world leaders to avoid conflict over the U.S.’s attempt to push for the return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, according to Al Jazeera. This news comes after the U.S. lost a bid on Friday, August 14 to extend a

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