Month: November 2019

Bolivia: What Happens in a Power Vacuum

Background On November 10th, 2019, Evo Morales resigned from his position as president of Bolivia after three terms in office. A left-leaning leader, his “administration invested heavily in public works projects and social programmes to fight poverty [resulting] in extreme poverty dropping from 38% in 2006 to 17% in 2018.” Popular support for Morales had …

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Welcome to Protests 101: University Students Protest in Hong Kong

University. An educational institution where people become students to learn skills, advancing their knowledge in various subjects … or if in Hong Kong, participate in large scale protests against the government. What should be a place of learning has transformed into a battleground as university students all across Hong Kong object to China’s encroachment into …

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Engaged in Election Battle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Indicted on Multiple Charges

On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust (Hendrix, “Netanyahu Indicted on Charges”). The Israeli Prime Minister responded with a familiar characterization, insisting that the investigation was a “witch hunt” (Hendrix, “Netanyahu Indicted on Charges”). Additionally, Netanyahu has “demanded that an independent body review the prosecution” (Hendrix, …

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Hong Kong Protests Spell Big Trouble for China

Hong Kong is recognized as a semi-autonomous entity and its legal system provides expansive civil liberties in comparison to the code in mainland China. However, when China and Hong Kong’s governments proposed an extradition bill that would allow citizens from Hong Kong to be tried for crimes committed in the mainland territory, citizens feared they …

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Chilean Government Using Violence to Discourage Rising Protests

Amnesty International, an organization dedicated to the investigation of human rights violations, released a report earlier this week that accused the Chilean security forces of deliberately using excessive force to deter further protests.  The demonstrations in Chile began in mid-October in reaction to an increase in public transport fees. Compared to other economically developed nations, …

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Sri Lanka Election Pits Security and Minorities Rights

On Saturday, November 16, Sri Lanka held its presidential election, the third since the end of its Civil War in 2009. This election centers around some of the most contentious issues in Sri Lanka today, most importantly security and minority rights. Ethnic tensions and the aftermath of this year’s Easter Sunday bombings weigh heavily on …

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