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The Election That Has Nothing To Do With Donald Or Hillary

The Election That Has Nothing To Do With Donald Or Hillary

The US Presidential election cycle is long: the current cycle began on 23 March 2015, when US Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy. The 18-month cycle saturates the media, first in the US and then around the world as the general election approaches. The world is tired of hearing about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,...
Austrian Elections: Day and Night

Austrian Elections: Day and Night

Even those of you who haven’t been following the ongoing turmoil of the presidential election in Austria will not be surprised to learn the details. In short, a right-wing populist party candidate and a socialist left-wing candidate are this year both enjoying greater support than ever before. Their political views are as different as chalk...
The New ‘Year of the Woman?’:  Female Democrats Play the ‘Woman Card’ in Their Bid to Retake the Senate

The New ‘Year of the Woman?’: Female Democrats Play the ‘Woman Card’ in Their Bid to Retake the Senate

‘Silent’ Hattie Carraway, the first woman elected to the senate, took the floor to speak less than once a year, famously stating that, ‘I hadn’t the heart to take a minute away from the men. The poor dears love it so.’ Senator Carraway held her senate seat for fourteen years after being appointed by the...
Berlin Elections

Berlin Elections

Any political analyst will tell you that predicting the outcome of national elections based on regional elections is risky at best. There are several reasons for this. First, local politics simple do not reflect the politics of a whole nation. Local issues and historical party affiliation have a lot more to do with local political...
A Big Deal: Elections in Somalia

A Big Deal: Elections in Somalia

As the world waits with bated breath for the outcome of the United States Presidential election, democracy is at work in many parts around the globe. For the first time since 1969, Somalia will hold both Parliamentary and Presidential elections. It seems like a historic step forward for one of the world’s poorest countries with...
Poland's Abortion Rollback: The Uncertain State of Reproductive Rights in Europe

Poland’s Abortion Rollback: The Uncertain State of Reproductive Rights in Europe

This past month thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Warsaw carrying wire hangers and posters featuring anatomical diagrams of the uterus. In Poland, a deeply Catholic country boasting some of the most draconian anti-abortion legislation in the Europe, women may receive an abortion if they can prove their pregnancy is a product of...
The Colombian Peace Referendum

The Colombian Peace Referendum

In the summer, a certain referendum was the talk of the world; media outlets worldwide extensively covered the United Kingdom’s (UK) historic vote on whether to leave the European Union. But another significant referendum took place on October 2, and barring Latin American media outlets, it had not received a shred of comparable coverage. Colombians...
Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen: How Complicit is Europe?

Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen: How Complicit is Europe?

On 24 February, the European Parliament ratified a movement calling on EU countries to halt all arms transfers to Saudi Arabia. This legislation was specifically targeted at Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the ongoing civil war in Yemen. One EU legislator, Richard Howitt, told Reuters, ‘This is about Yemen. The human rights violations have reached a...
Putting the Dam in Damocles: Iraq's Largest Dam at Risk of Collapse

Putting the Dam in Damocles: Iraq’s Largest Dam at Risk of Collapse

On 10 June 2014, the Islamic State (IS) occupied Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Since then, ethnic and religious minorities have been prosecuted while IS institutes its bloody and bizarre interpretation of Islamic law. However, IS may not actually be the biggest threat in the vicinity of Mosul. Upstream of Mosul itself, the Mosul dam...
Another Year, Another Dry Season Offensive in Myanmar

Another Year, Another Dry Season Offensive in Myanmar

The dry season offensive in Myanmar has become somewhat of a tradition. This year, the refusal of various ethnic groups to sign a ‘National Ceasefire Accord’ led to early army attacks against one of the major rebel factions, the Shan State Army-North. After the Shan State Army refused a Myanmar army (more commonly known as...
Continued Unrest in the Sinai Peninsula Strains International and Analytical Borders

Continued Unrest in the Sinai Peninsula Strains International and Analytical Borders

Since early 2015, the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt has been rocked by violence and instability. The region, bordered by the Gaza strip and Israel on one side and the Suez canal on the other, was already heavily militarized, and has been written off by the international community as a hotbed for extremism. Recent clashes have...
Pope Plays His Trump Card During Visit to Mexico

Pope Plays His Trump Card During Visit to Mexico

Pope Francis, an Argentinian and lifelong advocate for the downtrodden, visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, tracing the path of the millions who have emigrated to the U.S. and greeting throngs of faithful on either side of the international line from Ciudad Juarez. He had spent the previous five days of his visit passionately speaking...