Thursday, January 21, 2021

A Victory for LGBTQ Equality in Switzerland

After seven years of negotiations, the marriage equality bill first proposed by the Green Party in 2013 passed the Council of States with a 22-15 vote.

Hungary Bans Same-Sex Adoption

This amendment to the country’s constitution was led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right wing Fidesz Party which has dominated the politics of the country since 1989.

Indian Farmer Protests

Farmers in the Indian state of Punjab rose up in protest to challenge Modi’s increasingly pro-business and corporate policies on how India deals with its agriculture policy. Modi claims that his new “market oriented system” would free more than 146 million farmers from state run policies.

Arecibo Telescope Collapses After 57 Years

After playing a key role in astronomical research for the past 57 years, the Arecibo Telescope (once the largest radio telescope in the world) collapsed the morning of December 1st. About 90,000 people visited the observatory every year.

Iran Nuclear Scientist Assassinated

Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakrizadeh was assassinated on November 27th. Fakrizadeh was a key figure in the Iranian nuclear program and worked developing COVID-19 testing kits in Iran. Fakrizadeh’s involvement in Iran’s nuclear program led to him having his assets frozen by both the United States and the United Nations Security Council.

UK Approves Pfizer Vaccine

As COVID-19 spread worldwide and wrecked havoc across the globe, many are hoping that a vaccine is developed to curb the spread of it. Britain gave emergency authority to allow mass inoculations of a vaccine made by Pfizer, making it the first Western nation to approve a vaccine for widespread use.

Scotland Making the First Step Against Period Poverty

Every year, each woman spends about $150-$300 on menstrual products. Though this may not seem that bad, $150 is very important to those who need to buy a textbook for their education, or to someone who doesn’t know when they will have their next meal. When $150 can be the deciding factor in a matter between life and death, period poverty shouldn’t have to be an issue, and yet it still is.

New Zealand Votes to Legalize Euthanasia but Rejects Marijuana

On the ballot in New Zealand’s October 17th general election were two significant questions of whether recreational marijuana use should be legalized and if euthanasia should be legalized.

Armenia and Azerbaijan Sign Peace Deal

After one and a half months, on November 10th, the full-scale war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has finally come to an end. The two countries were fighting over who would control the Nagorno-Karabakh region; this region is internationally recognized as territory of Azerbaijan, but is ethnically Armenian and occupied by Armenia.

Japan Elects New Prime Minister: What to Expect from PM Suga

By Henry Su At the end of August, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe announced his sudden resignation, citing health concerns. Elections originally anticipated for 2021...

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