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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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Living In The Taliban’s Herat

Herat, the third-largest city in Afghanistan, was one of the first major cities that fell to the Taliban in 2021. The capture of this city was considered a significant victory by Taliban rulers. Since mid-August, Afghanistan has been reclaimed by the Taliban and this has become a major international news

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The Effect Of The Foreign Agents Legislation On Russian Media

In 2012, Russian authorities enacted the “Foreign Agents” legislation. The law stated that any entity that receives funding from sources outside the country or that is engaged in “political activity” according to the Russian government, is considered a “foreign agent”. Since 2012, the legislation has been modified to include more

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U.S. Response To The Human Rights Crisis In Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict

When Ethiopia elected Abiy Ahmed to be the prime minister in 2018, the international community looked optimistically on the country’s future. In 2019, the new prime minister disintegrated the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which was led by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the ruling party in Ethiopia

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U.S. Imposes New Sanctions In Ethiopia-Tigray Conflict

Amidst ongoing political and humanitarian crises in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United States has imposed new sanctions this Monday on the chief of staff of defense forces of the Eritrean military, Filipos Woldeyohannes. The U.S. Treasury Department issued a statement explaining that Woldeyohannes was being sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky

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Travel Bans, COVID-19 Surge, And Governmental Crisis In Tunisia

Amnesty International has recently criticized the Tunisian President, Kais Saïed, for imposing arbitrary travel bans on opposition politicians and businessmen. Amnesty International has reviewed 50 cases and found that those targeted by travel bans and house arrests had no current court case or judicial investigation against them and were not

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IPCC Climate Change Report Reveals A ‘Code Red For Humanity’

In the race against climate change, humanity is quickly running out of time. On 9 August, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2021 AR6 climate change report in addition to a summary for policy leaders. One hundred ninety-five countries endorsed the Report, and its findings

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