Global Politics

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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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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Russian “Terrorism” Case Reaches Verdict

              On February 10th , 2020 a longstanding “terrorism” case involving seven men reached a verdict in Penza, Russia. Arrested in October 2017, these men were accused of founding and participating in a terrorist organization named “Set” or “Network” that aimed to “overthrow the government” along with possession of arms and drugs (“Russia jails…”). However, there is evidence …

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Malawi’s Election Annulment: A Sign of Change?

On Monday, February 3, the African country of Malawi nullified its presidential election from May 2019. This decision was due to “irregularities,” like discernibly altered return sheets, that could have altered the results of the election. The country now has 150 days to institute a rerun. Among other things, this decision set a major precedent …

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A New Era in Iraqi Politics?

Mass anti-government protests over unemployment, poor public services, and corruption continue in Baghdad and other southern cities in Iraq. Tens of thousands of protestors have mobilized against the government. The Iraqi security forces have used tear gas, stun grenades, and even live bullets in an effort to disperse the protesting crowd, resulting in at least 319 people dead …

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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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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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