Sunday, July 25, 2021

United Kingdom Elections

On May 6, voters in England, Scotland, and Wales headed to the polls. In England, voters voted for candidates for their respective local councils. In Scotland and Wales, voters voted in their respective regional parliaments.

Sheikh Jarrah Protests Escalate

As the conflict between Israel and Palestine escalates in the Middle East, many across the globe are expressing their support for one side or another. Tensions are building up across Israel and Palestine, in particular across the Gaza Strip, which is occupied by Hamas, a Palestinian militant group, where much of the fighting has taken place. In fact, a building containing AP and Al Jazeera offices in Gaza was destroyed by Israeli forces.

Colombia Protests Turn Deadly

At least 42 people have died so far in ongoing protests across Colombia. The protests began on April 28th as demonstrations against a new economic policy proposed by President Iván Duque that was meant to address the country’s pandemic-related economic deficit. However, the proposal to increase taxes on household items like milk, eggs, and utilities, as well putting an income tax on those who earn more than 2.4 million Colombian pesos (about $624) a month, really became proof of the disconnect between government policies and the predicament of the working class in the eyes of the Columbian people. The protests then evolved from there, encompassing the public’s demand for a solution to the scarceness of vaccines in the country, the ever-deepening poverty and inequality, and police violence.

India Now Facing Destructive Second Wave

The biggest problem comes from hospital’s lack of resources to handle the magnitude of cases they are now experiencing. Specifically, an oxygen shortage has families crowding outside hospitals in major cities, dying from lack of oxygen while waiting for a hospital bed.

Prince Philip Dies at 99

Prince Philip would be known for a lifetime of public service representing the British royal family at public events. Prince Philip was commonly referred to as the Duke of Edinburgh. He was the longest lived male member of the royal family.

Chad’s President Dies on the Battlefield

Following clashes with local rebels, Chad’s president Idriss Déby died of injuries on April 19. After winning his sixth term in office, Déby was scheduled to give a victory speech on Monday. However, he decided to visit soldiers battling local rebels north of N’Djamena. No public information has been released on the specific circumstances of his death.

French National Elections – A Peek

Although it is still relatively early, the candidate pool is establishing itself, and things are currently shaping up to be a repeated Macron vs. Le Pen showdown- if Macron announces a re-election bid.

Naiem Asadi’s Desperate Situation

But like thousands of other Afghans and Iraqis who served with the United States, Asadi has yet to be allowed across America’s border.

The Murder of Sarah Everard

Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens was arrested and charged with kidnapping and murdering Sarah Everard. The murder of Sarah Everard has led to public outcries across the United Kingdom and the world against sexual harassment and violence.

New Zealand: a New Stride in the Fight Against Inequality

Ardern has proved herself to be a remarkable leader and her most recent piece of legislation adds on to her incredible list of achievements: free period products will be provided to schools throughout New Zealand.

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