Month: February 2020

Military Storms El Salvador’s Parliament: The growing role of military in Latin American Democracies

On Sunday February 9, the current President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, sent the military to face lawmakers and pressure them to approve a loan for security equipment. President Nayib Bukele took office in June and is thirty-eight years old, the youngest president in El Salvadorian history. Bukele was the former mayor of San Salvador …

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Taiwan just re-elected its female president. What does this mean for the nation and its relationship to China?

The status of Taiwan is a puzzling and complicating factor in international politics. Although a functionally independent entity, the nation is technically under the control of China. China’s large international presence and sway in the global economy makes it a difficult country to seek independence from; other international powers struggle with which nation to side …

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The Uncertain Future of Germany

            On February 10th, Germany’s political future was left wide open after Angela Merkel’s expected successor and current party leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, confirmed that she will step down as CDU leader. She was the expected next-in-line to become chancellor in 2021 (Kirby 2020), even coined as “Mini-Merkel” by the …

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What would a Deal to give ex-President Omar al-Bashir to the ICC Actually Mean?

On Wednesday February 11, a member of the Sudanese ruling council, Mohammed Hassan Eltaish agreed to hand the former president, Omar al-Bashir, over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), following a 2010 warrant for his arrest (Declan and Dahir, 2020).  Throughout his rule al-Bashir was widely disliked, but his ousting in 2019 has left citizens …

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Trump’s Israel-Palestine ‘Peace Plan’: A Defeat for Human Rights and International Law?

The Plan  Last Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands at the White House, as they announced the long-awaited plan that would resolve the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.[1] The commonly named ‘peace plan’ strongly favors Israeli interests, as well as it lacks Palestinian participation in regards to …

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Human Rights Under Crisis: Wuhan Coronavirus

With the number of confirmed cases climbing above 28,000 and the official death toll at 563, Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCov) was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30 (CNN). With a global – and rapidly expanding – foothold in 25 countries, this epidemic is likely to have far-reaching consequences for international …

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The Legal System and Necessity of Prison Reform in the DRC

The government and other entities within the Democratic Republic of Congo have previously been accused of several horrendous human rights violations. Whether it’s cases of ethnic cleansing or major abuses in manual labor work, international human rights organizations have noted many different incidents for an extended period of time. Amongst these cases, this paper will …

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UN Human Rights Ruling May Lead to a More Comprehensive Climate Change Asylum Process

The interconnectedness of human rights and climate change continues to grow as humans become affected by factors such as sea-level rise or erosion of arable land. The destruction of previously habitable lands will contribute to the growing number of climate refugees and migrants. These individuals leave their homes in search of a more prosperous region …

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