Cuba’s Government is Changing: What’s Next?

On April 19, 2018, Miguel Diaz-Canel was selected President of Cuba by the National Assembly of People’s Power, which held its most recent election of representatives on March 11. According to Granma, Cuba’s national news source, over 85% of eligible voters cast ballots in the election, with 94% of them being valid. Telesur, a media…

Protests in Response to Corruption, Journalist Murder in Slovakia

Journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot dead after investigating political corruption linked to the Italian mafia. Kuciak’s work, The Model, the Mafia and the Murderers, was published posthumously by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism (CCIJ), the Investigative Reporting Project Italy, and…

Israel Threatens African Migrants With Deportation or Imprisonment

The Israeli government has given thousands of African migrants a decision: to leave the country or face imprisonment. If the migrants willingly leave the country within 90 days of the notice they will be given $3,500. Migrants were given the option of going to their home country or third countries. The two African countries commonly…

The Hypocrisy of “All Lives Matter”

In 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement began in an attempt to fight against violence and systemic racism against the black community in countries around the world, a campaign that currently is much more predominant in the US. However, once the campaign rose to popularity, it was met by backlash and led to the creation…

Mattis Visits Southeast Asia: Strengthening the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

Last year U.S. President Donald Trump has frequently stated the term “free and open Indo-Pacific” during his Asia voyage, as this month U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has visited Southeast Asia to Indonesia and Vietnam in an effort to reach a consensus in defense issues and forge strong new partnerships. The Indo-Pacific policy aims to…

Ontario’s First Indigenous Senator

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that he has chosen a new senator.The new senator is a female Indigenous name Yvonne Boyer. What makes her different is she is Ontario’s first Indigenous senator. Boyer, is a member of the Metis nation of Ontario and has family roots with the Metis nation of Saskatchewan and…

Democracy Shot Down in Slovakia

Journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot dead after investigating political corruption linked to the Italian mafia. Kuciak’s work, The Model, the Mafia and the Murderers, was published posthumously by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism (CCIJ), the Investigative Reporting Project Italy, and…

Macron for France and the World

The advent of “America-First” politics is leaving a large geopolitical vacuum for leadership on the world stage. The contenders yearning to fill it are numerous: China, India, and Russia just to name a few. Yet a European nation has taken the longest strides in 2017— France. Just 18 months ago, almost any analyst would’ve dismissed…

Palestinians have the legal right to resist

Resistance is not terrorism. South Africans resisting apartheid were not considered “terrorists” by the international community, nor were Indians practicing nonviolent civil disobedience against the British. But an occupying power will always try to discredit their opponents, as seen in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians who resist an unbearable occupation are branded “terrorists”, arrested and demonized…

The Bloc Québécois: A Divided Party

The Bloc Québécois was left in shambles after seven of its ten MPs decided to leave the party early this month. The seven departed members decided to form a separate parliamentary group. The split in the party is the result of disagreements over the leadership of Martine Ouellet, claiming that her leadership is authoritarian. The…

What will the Middle East look like in ten years?

The year is 2028. Much of the Gaza has become unlivable. Daesh (ISIS) has been destroyed, but another terrorist group looms close on the horizon. The Kurds have their own state, meaning Iraqi unity has been destroyed. The Assad regime is still in power, having vanquished the rebel forces thanks to Iranian and Russian military…