Category: Governance (states, agencies, NGOs)

Where it Ends

Hamza Al Ameen Apr 15th Blog 4 Where it Ends   “I have nothing left to lose so I will never leave this protest,” said Shamari in an interview with VOA News. (Murdock, Voice of America, 2019). Shamari lost his family, and home after they were boomed in a confrontation with the Islamic State in Fallujah, Iraq. After losing everything,… Read more →

Saudi impact on regional and global strife

The three countries I’ve discussed in my previous blog posts all have a common denominator. Amid the turmoil of its neighbors, one country holds most of the cards in the region: Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, established its dominance over the Middle East long before the Arab Spring protests began. After its Shia rival Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, the Sunni Al-Saud… Read more →

Privacy in the Time of Coronavirus

With the rise and spread of novel coronavirus, China has been praised for its public health initiatives designed to stave new infections, especially by the WHO. They seem to be working, with the amount of new cases dwindling to zero on Tuesday, April 7th. However, the question remains whether Chinese citizens have sacrificed privacy for security and health. Ant Financial, a… Read more →

Ben Stoffel Blog 3– Refugees in Israel and Palestine

Recent efforts have attempted to make a sort of slipshod mend of Israeli-Palestinian relations in the Middle East, as highlighted by the Trump Administration’s efforts in the region over the last few months. A “Peace” Plan offered by the administration in late January attempted to finally make a full demarcation of Palestinian and Israeli confines, yet this plan excluded several… Read more →

State-backed violence towards protesters after referendum in Guinea|Thomas Doyle

In the past ten years, Guinea looked like it was making progress toward creating a more just society. The first democratically elected leader, Alpha Conde, who came to power in 2010, shared some similarities with the South African leader Nelson Mandela. They were both stars in their respective opposition parties, imprisoned by the state, and eventually became democratically elected leaders… Read more →

Kurds in the Time of Coronavirus- Elizabeth Harrington

Kurds in the Time of Coronavirus by Elizabeth Harrington (eph6bx) An ethnic group divided by lines on a map, living under dramatically different governments and regimes, in the middle of a global pandemic. I expected to find only articles about how badly the region was doing these days. There’s still fighting and with the history the Kurds have endured, my… Read more →

Politics behind the response of the Chinese government to coronavirus

Qiner Shi On April 9th, China ended its 11-week lockdown on Wuhan, marking the recovery from COVID-19 spread in China. On March 20th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated China on a “unique and unprecedented public health response that reversed the escalating cases”(Cyranoski, 1). Those, sometimes considered extreme measures, that the Chinese government took leaves notes for the healthcare… Read more →

Coronavirus and its impact on French protests – Nina Robertson

Coronavirus has impacted the various forms of strikes and protests that are an essential part to French democracy. For instance, the Yellow Vests defied the coronavirus measures and still protested in Paris on the eve of local elections. They continue to protests against Macron as a sign that voters should still go to the polls for elections and the virus will not… Read more →

Centralization of Power in China : (3) Reopening and Alipay (Jaden Evans)

1,353,361 total confirmed cases – 79,235 deaths (WHO)   As of April 8th, the World Health Organization announced that China has reported only 86 new cases and 8 deaths in the previous 24 hours. On the same day, the United States reported 29,510 new cases and 1286 deaths; Italy reported 3039 new cases and 604 deaths; even Finland, a country… Read more →

Olivia Childs: COVID-19 in Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 24th. A vaccine solution is months away and there is no capacity to stop the outbreak in the refugee camps, meaning the virus will likely circulate in the crowded space for months to come. In Cox’s Bazar, both social distancing and hygienic preparation are fantasies as the population density is… Read more →