Ukrainian Security Service Arrests Russian Agent

Last Monday, the Security Service of Ukraine (S.B.U.) announced that it had detained a Russian military intelligence agent. The agent was arrested for premeditating an attack on Odessa, Ukraine’s largest Black Sea port. The Russian agent’s premeditation was evidenced in his attempt to recruit a potential attacker. According to the

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English Channel Claims First Fatality Of 2022

One man has reportedly died in what is believed to be 2022’s first fatality in the English Channel. The B.B.C. reported that the migrant boat carrying the man was seen to be struggling off the coast of French town Berck-sur-Mer, south of Le Tourquet. The French rescue services were able

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Taiwan And Canada To Start Talks On Investment Agreement

On January 10, Taiwan and Canada agreed to begin discussions on the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), as a way for Taiwan to strengthen its affiliation to other democracies. According to Taiwan News, the agreement is intended to “ensure fair treatment of investors, transparent dispute-settling mechanisms,” and increase

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A Balkan Crisis Looms As Ethnic Clashes In Bosnia Worsen

Ethnic divisions in Bosnia-Herzegovina have continued to widen this week as Bosnian Serbs, encouraged by their leaders, reportedly harassed Bosniak Muslim neighborhoods, sang songs in the streets celebrating war criminals, and even fired shots near mosques. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe released a statement blaming Bosnian Serb

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A Past Forever Present: Truth And Reconciliation In Burundi

Burundi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), established in 2014 to ease ethnic animosities between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority, has caused controversy ever since. Development and Cooperation states that Tutsi politicians still accuse TRC members of being too one-sided in their investigations of Burundi’s troubled past. The TRC discovered

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Sudan’s Prime Minister Announces Resignation Amidst Ongoing Protests

On January 2nd, Abdalla Hamdok resigned from his position as Sudan’s Prime Minister following months of upheaval. Only two months prior, Hamdok was ousted during a military coup and takeover, but was able to reassume his position, through compromise with military leader, ​​Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. His resignation comes amidst civilian

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What Constrains Those In Power Or Those Seeking Power?

Governmental systems have existed for thousands of years, and are the most powerful factor in maintaining state stability. Power and how it is distributed is a trait shared by all governing systems. The concept “power” frequently conjures up notions of intimidation and force. An individual must have authority over something

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Firearms Ban In Place To Prepare For Upcoming Philippines Election

On May 9, 2022, the Philippines will hold their next presidential elections. In an attempt to minimize election-related violence, the government has imposed a national firearms ban as of January 9, 2022. January 9 was the official start of the 150-day election period; the ban will remain in place until

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Pope Francis Declares Support For COVID Vaccinations Amid Global Surge

This week, the Pope iterated one of his most assertive statements on vaccinations, urging individuals to get vaccinated as it is a “moral obligation.” Previously referring to vaccines as an “act of love,” the Pope denounced rhetoric discouraging vaccination as “baseless information.”  The Pope’s pro-vaccine sentiments come at a pressing

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Thousands of Repatriated Tigrayans Detained and Mistreated in Ethiopia

After reaching an agreement with Saudi Arabia to repatriate several Tigrayans back to Ethiopia, Human Watch Rights (HWR) reported that thousands of repatriated Tigrayans are being detained and mistreated by Ethiopian authorities. Between December 2020 and September 2021, HRW interviewed job-seeking Tigrayans deported from Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia and discovered

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Unrest In Kazakhstan Brings Human Rights Concerns

After weeks of violent unrest in Kazakhstan in reaction to anti-government protests, the Kazakh government claims to have retaken control of government buildings in all regions of the country. The unrest has killed over a hundred people, and thousands have been injured or arrested. Tensions in Kazakhstan boiled over in

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The Global Inequity Of COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 is undoubtedly the most significant public health crisis in recent years. As of January 6th 2022, there have been almost 5.5 million deaths related to the disease across the world. With the emergence of new variants, it is difficult to predict how many more there will be. Potentially, the

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