Democracy and Discontents

The “Impartiality” of Anti-Muslim Laws: How India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill Has the Power to Destroy the Secular Government

On 9 December 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Nodi’s pushed his Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) through Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Government, where an independent (non-coalition) majority is held by Nodi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This bill, which seeks to amend 1955 law to grant citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, …

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Hong Kong Holds Largest Demonstration in Weeks to Mark Six Months of Protests

Pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong celebrated the six-month milestone of mass demonstrations with the largest protests in weeks. The demonstration, organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, included an estimated 800,000 people (BBC: 2019). This rally, unlike many in recent months, remained largely peaceful. 11 people were arrested prior to the event, one with a …

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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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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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Anti-Government Demonstrations Spread in Lebanon

Lebanon’s status as a reliable, stable nation in the tumultuous Middle East has been upended in the last several days as the country has been consumed with protest. Protests began last week, catalyzed by the introduction of a series of new taxes, including ones on mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp (Tawil: 2019). As is often …

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Recent Elections Show Rise of Populism in Tunisia

On December 17th, 2010, the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi began a revolution, sparking nationwide protests in just days- protests that would later develop into the Arab Springs. Tunisia was in disarray, suffering from vast unemployment and a general dire economic state. President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, after twenty-one days of intense protests, was ousted. While …

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Netanyahu Maintains Control of Knesset, For Now

Israel held its second election of 2019 last week, and the results provided a week-long debate about the future of the Israeli government.  This election was essentially to decide which party leader would be tasked with building a government over the next 6 weeks, and President Rivlin had until this afternoon (September 25th) to choose …

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Johnson Government Suffers Defeat as Supreme Court Overturns “Unlawful” Prorogation of Parliament

In the most recent development of the seemingly never-ending Brexit saga, the courts dealt Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his supporters a major setback in their attempt to prorogue Parliament in the leadup to the Brexit deadline. Like all else in the world of Brexit-era British politics, this case exists in the center of a …

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