Month: February 2020

Violence breaks out as tensions over Venezuela’s future escalate.

Opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, is attacked at an airport during his refusal to comply with the country’s new travel ban; Guaidó’s uncle detained under suspicion of harboring illegal explosives. By Jack Wyner Feb. 14, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. EST The ongoing struggle over Venezuela’s leadership has once again become a subject of international focus following …

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Nicaragua Lifts Ban on Imported Newsprint

On February 8, the Nicaraguan government lifted the ban on imported newsprint to the country’s best known newspaper company, La Prensa, after an 18-month blockade.  The stranglehold had threatened to leave the country with no newspapers. The editors of La Prensa claimed that newsprint and other supplies were held up in customs because of the …

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Discontent Spreads Faster: How the Death of a Censored Coronavirus Doctor Has Inspired Political Debate in China

Last month, speaking to a crowd of avid supporters in the Wuhan region of China, General Secretary Xi Jinping sounded confident about the decade to come. He boasted about China’s ever-growing economy and fortitude as a nation. Now, only four weeks later, we realized that Xi’s confidence was shortsighted. Since his speech, the Coronavirus outbreak …

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Swiss Referendums and Perceptions of Legitimacy

Swiss Referendums and Perceptions of Legitimacy By Jack Presson On February 9, the Swiss public voted to install legal protections against discrimination for gay citizens. By referendum, voters approved a new revision to an existing 1995 anti-discrimination law that will make illegal any acts of public discrimination against Swiss citizens on the basis of sexual …

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Parliamentary Elections in Peru

Parliamentary elections were held in Peru on January 26th, 2020 after President Martín Vizcarra dissolved the congress due to what he perceived as a stonewalling of his anti-corruption initiative by the opposition party, Popular Force (BBC). The special election resulted in many various centrist parties gaining seats in parliament as Popular Force went from occupying …

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Democracy, Delayed: Afghanistan’s presidential election was last October, so who won?

On September 28th, 2019, Afghanis voted for their next president. The two front-runners in the race, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, had previously faced off in the 2014 presidential election. The 2014 election, which ended in widespread accusations of fraud and, eventually, the US-mediated formation of a national unity government based on the equal sharing …

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Netanyahu’s indictment: What does this mean for Israeli elections and democracy as a whole?

On January 28, 2020, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, was indicted on corruption charges with a number of allegations against him. This has a number of implications as we think of the third round of elections in Israel and the Trump Peace Plan signed by United States President Donald Trump and Netanyahu on January …

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Coronavirus: Revealing Cracks in CPC

Over the past two months, reports of COVID-19, or coronavirus, cases have spiked across the globe.  Most of these cases have been in China, however that has not stopped the World Health Organization (WHO) from declaring a global health emergency due to its rapid advancement into countries around the world.  China’s authoritarian government’s negligence has …

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A Party Reemerges: Infamous Irish Political Party Sinn Fein Wins Popular Vote, Challenging the Dominance of Ireland’s Two Major Parties

According to the most recently published results, Ireland’s leftist party Sinn Fein won the popular vote and gained more parliamentary seats than ever before in the national election held this past weekend. These results contrast years of a long-standing political status quo. For about 90 years, two center-right parties Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have …

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