Europe


EU Nations Agree To Take In Refugees Stranded On The Ocean Viking Rescue Ship Near Malta 1

On Thursday, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg, and Romania agreed to take in 356 African refugees aboard the Ocean Viking, a Norwegian-flagged rescue ship that has been stranded near Malta for two weeks. The EU Migration Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, negotiated the deal between Malta and the six other EU countries […]


Could Fresh Elections In Spain Reignite The Catalonian Independence Movement? 2

Pedro Sanchez has been acting as Spain’s Prime Minister for nearly four months after being elected in a general election largely dictated by the issue of Catalonian independence. Despite this period, however, Sanchez to date has been unable to form a new government, suffering initially from his failure to win […]


The World Must Keep An Even Closer Eye On Hong Kong

Events in Hong Kong are at a tipping point. As recently as 12 August, Chinese People’s Armed Police Force vessels were spotted in the border city of Shenzhen. International attention on the protests in Hong Kong has been widespread over the past ten weeks; however, this new development suggests that […]


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 […]


Italy’s Chinese Prostitution Problem

Since World War II, Chinese have migrated to Italy, and in more recent decades, migrated in larger waves. Italy hosts about 300,000 Chinese nationals, the largest diaspora community in the European Union. Many come to Prato, Italy’s textile capital near Florence, since there is a large established Chinese textile community. […]


Senate Fails To Override Trump’s Veto Of Saudi Arms Sales Bills

On Monday, July 29, the United States Senate failed to override three of Trump’s vetoes of Saudi arms sales legislation. The bipartisan coalition supporting the regulation of arms sales needed a two-thirds majority to overturn the vetoes, but they fell short with votes of 45-40, 45-39, and 46-41. Politico reports […]


Iran Seizes Third Oil Tanker In A Month

Iran seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf claiming it was smuggling fuel to Arab states. According to Iranian news agency ISNA, the vessel was intercepted Wednesday night by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s 2nd Marine Corps. Iran’s state media Press TV reported that the vessel had seven crew […]