Political Protests in Peru

by Ciara Perez Peru has been facing political protests since December 7, 2022, when President Pedro Castillo was ousted from power after an attempt to avoid impeachment by dissolving Congress. His actions resulted in impeachment, and his vice president, Dina Boluarte, stepped in, making her the sixth president in six years. Following this change in... Continue Reading →

Hurricanes, Ambassadors, & Authoritarianism

Written by Elliott Cochran September 26, 2022 Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Fiona was a category 4 hurricane and unleashed mass devastation. The storm caused massive flooding on the island then made its way to the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos. The storm’s level of destruction hasn’t been seen since 2017. The... Continue Reading →

Hurricane Ian & Persona Non Grata

Written by Elliott Cochran October 3, 2022 Cubans have taken to the street after days without power post Hurricane Ian. Hurricane Ian hit Cuba on Tuesday and knocked out power for the entire island, by Friday half of Havana had electricity back. However, many people began banging on pots and pans in protest because of... Continue Reading →

Cuba Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Written by Ciara Perez October 3, 2022 The referendum on Sunday, September 25th, was a vote on Cuba’s proposed Family Code. The Family Code is a 100-page document that proposed the legalization and allowance of same-sex marriage, same-sex couples to adopt children, surrogate pregnancies, the redefining of children and grandparent rights, the codification of domestic... Continue Reading →

Peruvian President Faces Constitutional Complaint

Written by Ciara Perez October 17, 2022 Peruvian President Pedro Castillo is facing a constitutional complaint alleging that he is leading a corruption ring within the government. This complaint was filed by Attorney General Patricia Benavides. Whereas presidents typically have immunity against criminal charges, the filing of a constitutional complaint gives Congress a loophole to... Continue Reading →

Haiti: Is U.N. Intervention Enough?

Written by Ciara Perez October 24, 2022 Under Prime Minister Ariel Henry, Haiti has been in decline. “Haiti has seen worsening inflation, fuel shortages, kidnappings, massacres, displacement, and escalating clashes between heavily armed gangs” and in August, Haitians began protesting for Henry’s resignation. Last month, armed gangs blocked the main fuel terminal in the capital... Continue Reading →

Lula’s Victory, Bolsonaro’s Defeat

Written by Ciara Perez November 7, 2022 On Sunday, October 30th, leftist candidate Luiz Lula won the presidential election by an incredibly small margin of 50.1% to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%. Jair Bolsonaro did not speak publicly for two days after the election results. When he did address the public on Tuesday, he agreed to transfer power... Continue Reading →

Barbados Leads Talks on Climate Disaster Financing

Written by Ciara Perez December 5, 2022 Developing nations have been vocal in their burden of the financial costs of climate change – from rebuilding infrastructure when natural disaster strikes, to investing in cleaner industry to combat greenhouse emissions, to paying 3x the interest rates on loans than wealthy nations. The Barbados Prime Minister, Mia... Continue Reading →

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