Nicaraguan Opposition Leaders Detained Ahead Of November Elections

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s efforts to suppress dissent and cling to power ahead of the November 7th presidential elections have intensified, pushing the country still further toward dictatorial rule. At least six high-level opposition leaders have been arbitrarily detained, including four would-be challengers who had intended to run against Ortega.

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The Far Right Has Exploded Along With COVID-19

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, far-right activity has increased throughout the developed world. The ideologies these activities fall under range from anti-Islamism to neo-Nazism and anti-government to anti-science, and many are capable of and involved in tremendously violent practices. While various countries and regions

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U.N. Calls For More Action To End AIDS

The United Nations (UN) called for more action from the international community to end AIDS and adopted a set of specific targets at the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on AIDS on June 8th. According to The Associated Press, the General Assembly concurred that the COVID-19 pandemic set back

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15 Dead After Mount Nyiragongo Volcano In Congo Erupts

The night sky over eastern Democratic Republic of Congo glowed a bright red colour as the Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted the night of Saturday, 22 May. Lava spewed east into the surrounding areas, destroying homes and other buildings. The river of lava stopped just a few metres away from the neighbouring

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Brazilian Welfare Reduction And Poverty During COVID-19

In December 2020, the Brazilian government withdrew a series of welfare packages intended to offset unemployment and healthcare costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The package was one of the most generous internationally and was intended to reduce the economic crisis and the socioeconomic turmoil among the Brazilian population. Since

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Nigerian Students Missing Following School Attack

On Thursday, June 17th, the Birnin Yauri Public University in the Kebbi State of Nigeria was attacked by armed bandits. Three teachers and several students have gone missing following the attacks. According to Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu, one policeman was killed during the ambush. During the attack, at least

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The Threat To Global Health Following U.K. Foreign Aid Cuts

The U.K. government announced last year that it would reduce the foreign aid budget by 30%. However, recent reports by Open Democracy and Global Citizen reveal the extent and impact such a loss in funding will have on the most vulnerable people and communities across the globe. This comes at

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Child Slavery Case Against Nestlé Rejected

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Nestlé and Cargill cannot be sued in the U.S. for child slavery that takes place on farms they buy cocoa from in Africa. The lawsuit details the claims of six men from Mali who were trafficked to the Ivory Coast as children and

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Indian Court Calls For Reforms To Advance LGBTQ+ Rights

As Pride Month continues in India, we can look internationally to see the strides being made to advance the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and others (LGBTQ+) community. Recently, in India, a High Court called for reforms that create safer spaces and more respectful rules for the

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Belarussian State Hijacking And Sanctions

On 24 May, a Ryanair plane heading to Vilnius, Lithuania, was forced to change course and land in Minsk, Belarus. The cabin personnel was informed that there was a potential security risk on board the plane, and was then escorted by two Belarusian fighter planes to Minsk. The order reportedly

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Rohingya Refugees Protest Over Inadequate Conditions

An estimated 4,000 Rohingya refugees on the remote island of Bhasan Char, off the coast of Bangladesh, have protested their inadequate living conditions and desires to leave the camp during a recent United Nations visit. Protestors were upset at the lack of access to the visiting UN members, and reportedly

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U.N. Warns Of Famine In The Tigray, Ethiopia.

U.N. has this weekend warned for famine in the north Ethiopian region, Tigray, that borders Eritrea. Reuters reports that about 350,000 people are currently living in famine conditions in the Tigray region. Moreover, 2 million people are close to living in famine. The food insecurity is partly due to the

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Delays In The Moro Conflict Peace Process In The Philippines

As reported by MindaNews, The Senate Committee on Local Government in the Philippines is requesting to postpone the first parliamentary election in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) from May 2022 to May 2025. This may prolong the peace resolution in the long-standing Moro conflict. After decades of

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The ICC Opens Ali Kushayb’s Case For Past Atrocities In Darfur

Senior Janjaweed leader Ali Kushayb has been summoned by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened the hearing with presentations outlining the crimes against humanity allegedly ordered by Kushayb during the 2003-2004 crisis in Sudan. Speaking to the court, Bensouda said, “It is my great privilege to be

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Northern Ireland Caught In Crosshairs Of Latest Brexit Battle

Brussels is losing patience with London over Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland, said European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic after meeting with his British counterpart Lord David Frost on Wednesday, 10 June. A key part of the Brexit deal that took effect in January requires inspections for various goods coming

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