Author: Taja Hirata-Epstein

Nuclear Talks Between United States And North Korea

A summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un fell apart this Wednesday, once again resulting in no agreement over North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.  Both leaders face political pressure to maintain a hardline stance and have refused to budge in negotiations. While Trump remains optimistic about talks going forward, he

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Cultural Genocide: The Persecution Of Uighurs In China

China has received international condemnation in recent weeks for its violent persecution of Uighurs, a primarily Muslim minority group in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. According to a United Nations panel, over one million Uighurs have been detained in internment centres to eradicate their Muslim identity and reinforce their loyalty to

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A Failure To Protect: Ethnic Cleansing In Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, the first and current State Counselor of Myanmar, helped to propel the country towards democracy after spending several years as a political prisoner. Despite the leadership of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the Burmese government has committed massive human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslims, an

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Can Mnangagwa Save Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa was inaugurated this past Sunday after the country’s Supreme Court threw out legal challenges to his election win. Mnangagwa previously served as vice president to Robert Mugabe and following a coup d’etat last November, was appointed acting president. While many hope he can usher in a

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Seeking Asylum In Trump’s America

President Donald Trump has cracked down on immigration in a way that is both illegal and inhumane. While his actions are unsurprising given his pre-election promise to have Mexico build a wall, the impact on immigrant communities has nevertheless been devastating. Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy has led to an increase

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Bangladeshi Student Protests Continue Amidst Violent Retaliation

Thousands of high school students took to the streets in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka after a boy and girl were hit by a speeding bus early last week. The demonstrators are calling for justice and better road safety measures, including stronger government regulations on drivers. Despite the peaceful nature of the

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Iran Threatens America With The “Mother Of All Wars”

On Sunday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States against pursuing policies hostile to his country, saying that war with Iran would be “the mother of all wars.” Relations between the two countries took a nosedive this May when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from a 2015 deal over

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Turkish President’s Reelection Bodes Poorly For Human Rights

Turkey’s current President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was re-elected this past Sunday, with state media announcing that he received an “absolute majority of all valid votes.” Erdogan’s party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), also had a sweeping electoral win and will hold the majority of seats in the parliament. Under

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Hope For An End To Deadly Protests In Nicaragua

Last Friday, the Nicaraguan government agreed to allow an international investigation into fatal protests that occurred in mid-April. The protests, initially opposing social security reform, sparked national unrest when pro-government groups used excessive force against protesters. Subsequent civic demonstrations also faced violent retaliation, with the Center for Human Rights reporting

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