Revolutionary Beginnings in Chile

Written by: Elena Cata It was a small spark that ignited the flames of revolution in Chile in 2019. When the government increased the subway fare by a modest 4% in early October, high school students began jumping turnstiles at metro stations in the country’s capital, using the hashtag #EvasionMasiva (Mass Evasion) on social media….

Revisiting Mad Mike Hoarse and the Legacy of Mercenaries in the Congo

Written by: Cooper Stewart Few places in the 20th century have been as unstable and volatile as the Congo region, or  what is today known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its troubled history included a  period immediately following its independence from Belgium in 1960 to the formation of a dictatorship in 1965 would…

Power Play Along Ethnic Lines: The Tigray Conflict Explained

Written by: Lydia Nyachieo Thursday, November 26 marks the day Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed commenced the “final stage” of the government’s military offensive in the northern Ethiopian province of Tigray against the fighters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). After giving the Tigray fighters an ultimatum to surrender that expired on November 25th,…

Will There Be a Coup in Guinea-Bissau?

Written by: Cooper Stewart On the Atlantic coast of West Africa, in a country a little larger than Vermont, a constitutional crisis of leadership is occurring. The crisis has left analysts and experts around the globe apprehensive about the possibility of a coup if the current political tensions do not abate. This is the situation…

The Forgotten Crisis of 2020

Written by: Cormac O’Harrow We are almost six months into 2020, and everybody can agree upon the fact that this is, to say the least, a tumultuous time to be alive. The country has already seen a global pandemic, an economic recession, impeachment trial, and an upcoming election. But there’s one area that seems everybody…

Backgrounder: The Hong Kong Protests

Written by: Cormac O’Harrow The Hong Kong protests: a series of demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous territory of islands off the coast of mainland China. Since the territory reverted back to Chinese control from the British in 1997, questions about its sovereignty have loomed heavily…

A Democracy in Danger: The Right’s Coup in Bolivia

Written by: Daniel Zaydman The last few months have been a tumultuous time for much of Latin America. Political unrest has swept the region, claiming Bolivia as its most recent victim. On November 10, former Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced out of office in a coup after election authorities claimed the most recent presidential…

Hong Kong’s Symbolic Meaning to Chinese

Written by: Jui Lin Lu After months of demonstration, Hong Kong’s people do not seem to be moving Beijing politics. Millions of Hong Kong citizens are pushing for a democratic government, and the government answered their calls with tear gas and rubber bullets. As Beijing decided to take a hard-line approach toward this issue,  it…