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North Korean Missile Tests: Methods of De-escalation

This past week has marked one of the most eventful in months for North Korean (D.P.R.K.) nuclear activity: the country has successfully launched two long-range missiles, and recent satellite images show the expansion of a uranium plant at its main nuclear complex. These are clear indications of intent to boost

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New Zealand’s Second Lockdown A Tough But Right Call

On 17 August New Zealand’s Prime Minister informed the public that the country would be going into full lockdown, alert level 4, after a case of Covid-19 (later found to be the more transmissible Delta variant) was identified in the community outside of managed isolation. Although the initial time period

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Afghanistan: Governance Under The Taliban

​​The Taliban issued a statement pertaining to position designations within their newly formed government this past week, prompting immediate criticism from the international community and Afghan people alike. Representation amongst the ranks sparked alarm globally: women have been completely removed and ethnic minorities occupy only a few positions, whilst veterans

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Texas Abortion Law: Pro-Life But Not Pro-Choice

Governor Greg Abbot signed into law a measure that prohibits abortions in Texas as early as six weeks into pregnancy and granted power to any private citizen to sue abortion providers as well as those who allegedly aid the process in any way. This law is not the first in

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It’s Been Twenty Years Since 9/11 – What’s Changed?

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, the United States was forever changed. Four commercial airliners were hijacked by terrorists affiliated with Al Qaeda. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, another into the Pentagon, and the final one into a

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The Devastating Effects Of Lebanon’s Energy Crisis

The economic crisis in Lebanon has made fuel a scarce commodity, leading to blackouts across the country as the population adjusts to life without electricity. This economic crisis erupted in 2019 as the result of corruption, mismanagement, and sustained policy inaction. According to the World Bank, the crisis has become

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UN Peacekeepers’ Sexual Exploitation And Abuse In Haiti

On August 30, 2021, Buzzfeed News released an article detailing the long-term sexual exploitation and abuse of Haitian women and children by United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers. Buzzfeed highlights Hector Dilamar Borges, an Uruguayan UN Peacekeeper who a judge ordered to pay $3,590 a month for child support. Haitian courts ordered

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Mexico And U.S. Agree To Work On Supply Chains, Migration

The United States and Mexico held the High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) on Thursday, September 9th, for the first time since 2015. The two countries agreed to improve supply chains by creating bilateral working groups as well as to advance social programs to deal with the migration issue. HLED was relaunched

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Natural Gas Pipeline Threatens Ukraine and Splits the EU

The final pieces of the controversial 150km long Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline were completed on September 10, further solidifying Russia’s presence in Germany’s business and political sectors while depriving war-torn Ukraine upwards of $3 billion in transit fees. Launched in 2015, Nord Stream 2 is considered to be

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Warmongering: An Empty Strategy

Russia, China, and Iran are on course to hold joint military exercises in the Persian Gulf later this year or early 2022. In an interview with Sputnik, Russia’s ambassador to Tehran, Levan Dzhagaryan, asserted that the “main aim is to practice actions on ensuring international shipping safety, and combating sea

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Kidnapping: Northern Nigeria’s Most Lucrative Industry

The international attention of kidnappings labelled #BringBackOurGirls in 2014 and #BringBackOurBoys in 2020 may have started a chain reaction in northern Nigeria Boko Haram shook the world in 2014 when they abducted 276 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state. The international outcry for these girls

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Australia Has An Opportunity To Mediate The Conflict In West Papua

The great power competition that has emerged between the United States and China over the Indo-Pacific has seen Australia and Indonesia enhance political linkages to retain their regional autonomy. This renewed cooperation between Canberra and Jakarta is described under the umbrella of the Plan of Action for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive

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Texas Abortion Law Puts Thousands At Risk

On September 1st, Senate Bill 8 took effect across the state of Texas. The bill bans abortions as early as six weeks, including for cases of rape and incest, making Texas the most restrictive state in the country. The law goes so far as to allow private citizens to sue

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Texas Abortion Ban: Implications On Women’s Rights

In a revolutionary order Wednesday night, the United States Supreme Court allowed an extremely restrictive Texas abortion law to go into effect. The law is widely acknowledged as the most restrictive in the country, banning abortions after six weeks under most circumstances, including incest and rape. The decision to allow

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Period Poverty And Stigmatization

The pandemic has resulted in a global economic crisis. In particular, it has aggravated period poverty, which often results from more general economic downturns. This article will analyze period poverty, which is an ever-present problem in both developing and developed countries. Access to menstrual hygiene products has been made more

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Implications Of Boko Haram’s Newest Surrenders

In 2014, #BringBackOurGirls swept the world as hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped from their dorms by members of Boko Haram. Seven years later, over 100 of these girls remain missing. Ruth Ngladar Pogu and Hassana Adamu were “returned” or “surrendered” to their families this month. This comes at a time

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