Month: October 2019

Economic Distress Increases Opposition of the Lebanese People

“The protests were triggered by a tax on WhatsApp voice calls that the government quickly ditched. But the government could not contain the anger of a population that is sick and tired of economic stagnation, endemic corruption and a lack of basic public services.” The new Lebanese government was formed less than a year ago …

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Over a Million Chileans Take to the Streets Demanding Economic Reform

Photo by Cesar Carlevarino Aragon on Unsplash In Santiago, over a million people took to the streets on Friday in protests ignited by a subway fare increase. Starting with “high-school students [launching] four days of turnstile-jumping,” the demonstrations eventually “exploded into a week of massive protests” against inequality (Weissenstein). Chile holds the distinction of being “one of South …

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Catalan Politicians Receive Lengthy Prison Sentences for Sedition

The sentencing of 12 former leaders of Catalonia’s independence movement from Spain in 2017 prompted mass protests in Barcelona and the reemergence of tensions between the Catalan separatists and the Spanish government. Catalonia is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. The Catalan represent a nation of people, with their own culture, history and language. Catalonia …

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Verdicts in Catalan Trial Incite Protests and International Concern

“As I stroll through the city of Barcelona, I see the flashes of yellow all around- unaware of the controversial politics that this yellow ribbon proclaims.” On 14 October 2019, the conviction of nine pro-independence leaders came from the Spanish, reigniting worldwide protest supporting the Catalan Independence movement. This sentencing, seen by some as “an …

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Two-Steps Forward, One Step Back : Evo Morales’ Presidency

On Thursday, October 23rd, 2019 Bolivia completed another successful presidential election … or at least President Evo Morales wants it to seem that way. When a new constitution confirmed by the Bolivian government in 2009 took effect, many saw this as an opportunity to establish a successful presidential republic government, and for the first two …

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