Author: Tess Gellert

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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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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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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North Korea Has “Probably” Developed Nuclear Devices To Fit Ballistic Missiles, U.N. Report Says

According to a confidential U.N. report obtained by Reuters and submitted to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee on August 3rd, 2020, several countries believe that North Korea is continuing with its program to develop nuclear weapons. As reported by Reuters, North Korea has “probably developed miniaturized nuclear

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