European Elections and the Far Right: France at a Crossroad

The 2024 European Union parliamentary elections concluded with a notable surge in support for far-right parties across several member states, including France. Held from 6th to 9th June, these elections saw 751 seats contested, with voters from the 27 EU member states casting their ballots for new representatives. The results

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A Lifeline for Haiti: Can the World Prevent a Nation’s Collapse?

Facing a crippling gang crisis that has displaced hundreds of thousands and left the police force under-equipped, Reuters reported that Haiti is bringing back former chief Rameau Normil to lead the Haitian National Police (PNH). Normil’s predecessor, Frantz Elbe, is facing criticism for failing to curb gang violence during his

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ISIS Led Al-Shabab Using Child Soldiers: The Mozambique Crisis

An armed group, Al-Shabab, associated with ISIS used boys as young as 13 to raid and loot Macomia, a town in Northern Mozambique, on May 10, 2024. Witnesses and humanitarian aid workers said that the group which included dozens of boys was targeting the positions of government soldiers incited intense

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Mexican Elections Shine a Spotlight on Cartel Gun Violence in Mexico

This year’s elections in Mexico are putting the spotlight on cartel gun violence as 31 political candidates, mostly local, have been assassinated in this cycle alone. In 2006, 669 people were killed in cartel conflicts, whereas 2020 saw 16,000 people killed. With the likely election of Morena candidate Claudia Sheinbaum,

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Joe Biden Outlines Ceasefire Deal For Israel-Gaza Conflict

U.S. President Joe Biden has released a three-stage peace proposal and urges Hamas to accept it amid the current Israel-Gaza conflict. The plan begins with a six-week ceasefire, entailing the withdrawal of Israeli troops from populated areas of Gaza, the exchange of Hamas hostages for Palestinian prisoners, a return of

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Far-Right Victory in France Means an Uncertain Future

France has been plunged into a new political reality, giving success for the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party in the European Parliament elections on June 9, leading President Emmanuel Macron to declare a snap national election to take place in late June. Such win was expected, with polls that gave

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Philippines Builds New Port Near Taiwan Without American Help

The exclusion of the United States in the creation of a new Filipino island port near Taiwan could be significant in decreasing regional tensions between the US and China. The Batanes Islands, located about halfway between Taiwan and the Philippines’ largest island Luzon, will be home to a new port

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Blighted By Machetes: The Horrifying Reality Of Life In Eastern Congo

In a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, suspected Islamist rebels unleashed a brutal attack on villages in Beni territory on Friday, Reuters reported. The death toll from the assault, carried out by fighters believed to be from the Allied Democratic Forces

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Armenian Refugees Can Return, But Will They Find Their Nagorno-Karabakh?

The United Nations International Criminal Court (ICJ) has mandated that Azerbaijan uphold the right of Armenian refugees to return to their homeland in Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory seized by Azeri forces during the most recent military operation in late 2023. But if and when Armenians return, the reality they might encounter

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Dangerous Escalation: Is The Korean Peninsula Sleepwalking Into War?

The past few days have been quite eventful in the Korean Peninsula as tensions rapidly increase between Seoul and Pyongyang. After the North decided to launch hundreds of balloons full of trash toward the South on Saturday, June 1st, President Yoon Suk Yeo suspended a 2018 Inter-Korean Military Agreement which

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Historic Win, Ongoing Struggles: Claudia Sheinbaum’s Presidency And The Human Rights Crisis In Mexico

Claudia Sheinbaum has been elected as Mexico’s first female president in a historic landslide win, marking a significant milestone in the country’s political history. The National Electoral Institute reported that Sheinbaum, a former mayor of Mexico City and favored successor of outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, secured between 58%

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Venezuela’s upcoming elections, US works to ensure credibility

A senior administration official stated that the U.S. government is striving to ensure the credibility of the upcoming Venezuelan elections despite challenges.  Such presidential election is scheduled for July 28 this year,  giving an historical opportunity since the 2000s for an opposition candidate to win. According to the New York

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