18 Dead In Protests In Uzbekistan

Protests beginning in late June in the city of Nukus in the autonomous region of Karakalpakstan in western Uzbekistan been met with violence, with the Uzbek government confirming that at least 18 people have died. A further 243 have been injured. Over 500 people were detained in relation to the

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Chile Drafts New Constitution

On July 4th, Chile’s President Gabriel Boric Font received a new constitutional draft. This new draft is intended to replace the country’s original Magna Carta, which was written during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The constitution’s ultimate fate lies with the Chilean people; Boric issued a mandate calling for a

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How The Electoral College Destroyed American Abortion Rights

In June 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States passed down its opinion on the landmark case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health (2022). In a 5-4 ruling, the court held that there was no constitutional right to abortion in the United States, overturning Roe v. Wade (1973) and

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Biden’s Fraught Visit To Saudi Arabia And The U.S.-Saudi Relationship

On July 15th, President Joe Biden traveled to Jeddah with the goals of finalizing international agreements and promoting a more stable and prosperous Middle East, according to a White House press release. Though many American presidents have traveled to Saudi Arabia, Biden’s visit was particularly contentious due to his fist-bump

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Russia Denounces Air Strikes On Syria

On July 2nd, Syria accused Israel of launching an “air aggression” from the Mediterranean, West of Lebanon’s second-largest city Tripoli, with numerous missiles aimed at an area to the south of Tartous. On July 4th, Russia’s foreign ministry called the strikes on Syria absolutely unacceptable and demanded the termination of

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NATO Summit Escalates Rhetoric Between China And NATO

During the lead-up to the NATO summit in Madrid from June 29-30, NATO diplomats disclosed that NATO’s new Strategic Concept would directly reference China as a “systemic challenge” for the first time, according to Reuters. However, member states were also said to be in dispute over how to describe the

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Going Beyond the TPS in the Context of the Cameroon Anglophone Crisis

Going Beyond the TPS in the Context of the Cameroon Anglophone Crisis In April 2022, the United States government designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Cameroonians for the next 18 months. This came following persistent calls from some lawmakers and lobbyists on the risk of deporting Cameroonians to their country

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Agreement Reached To End Mass Protests In Ecuador

Ecuador’s government and its largest Indigenous rights organization, The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), signed an agreement on Thursday 30 June 2022, to end 18 days of mass protests in the country. It promises a 15 cent USD reduction to diesel and petrol prices. Additionally, this deal also places limits

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Libyan Discussions End Unsuccessfully In Geneva

Discussions in Geneva have ended unsuccessfully after the United Nations organized negotiations between Aguila Saleh and Khaled al-Mishri, representatives of opposing factions in Libya. The two factions are an eastern based parliament, led by Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha, and the Tripoli based State Council, led by incumbent Prime Minister Abdul

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The New Normal: A Report On Responses To Heat Waves

The summer of 2022 is gradually becoming more of an environmental concern worldwide. Earlier this year, Australia recorded its hottest summer day at 50.7 degrees Celsius (134 Fahrenheit), and in May India recorded its highest temperature at 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 Fahrenheit) in Delhi. More recently, the UK broke its

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Droughts In Italy: Regions Declare State Of Emergency

“We must take actions and we believe it is right to do our part,” publicly stated Beppe Sala, mayor of Milan, referring to the declaration of the state of emergency and the decision, taken by the local authorities, to turn off public fountains and to introduce daytime water rationing (on

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Biden Signs Memorandum Addressing Illegal Fishing Practices

On June 27th, President Joe Biden signed a National Security Memorandum to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated (I.U.U.) fishing practices. This is part of a pledge by U.S. officials to introduce policies against illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s growing influence. Several countries in the region contend that

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Both Sides In Ethiopia’s Tigrayan Conflict Seek External Mediation

According to Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party, the African Union (A.U.) should be the facilitator of peace talks between their government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (T.P.L.F.) after nearly two years of violent conflict. However, the Tigray government has concerns with this proposition. In an open letter written in June,

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