Fourth Covid Wave in Europe Forces Governments to Seek New Options

Written by: Sophia Halverson As Europe struggles with a fourth wave of Covid cases, country governments are once again being forced to make tough choices about how to deal with the virus. While most countries are reluctant to impose yet another lockdown, countries that have done so have been met with fierce demonstrations that have…

The Cuban Dissident Movement: Escaping the Grip of Communist Creed

Written by: Garrett Halak The single-party authoritarian country of Cuba has experienced a shift in citizen attitudes related to human rights and democratic principles. While the dissident movement in Cuba has been around for a number of years, nonviolent protests were revived during 2021 within the socialist state. The dissident movement calls for the replacement…

China’s “Patriot” Plan to Strip Hong Kong’s Democracy

Written by: Harry Colvin China recently instituted the “patriot” plan as part of its reformation of Hong Kong’s electoral system. This plan is considered to be a reform that tightens China’s control over Hong Kong and reduces the independence of its democratic government.  In 1997, the British ceded control of Hong Kong back to China;…

Uncertainty Over One of Africa’s Shining Star Democracies

Written by: Jadalyn Eagens On March 3, 2021, protests uncharacteristically broke out in Senegal. According to the Economist, the country has been considered as one of the “beacons of peace and democracy” within Africa, further stating that Senegal had never faced a coup or harsh authoritarianism.  So what made this relatively peaceful country break out…

Women: Overlooked Stakeholders at Delhi’s Borders

Written by: Kamika Patel Since November, tens of thousands of farmers across parts of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting near the outskirts of Delhi, India’s capital, demanding the repeal of the three new agricultural ordinances passed in September by the Union Cabinet of India. The government claims that these ordinances will foster…

The Coup D’etat that Halted Myanmar’s Democratic Rise

Written by: Garrett Halak With many clinging onto Myanmar’s young democracy and its promise of free elections, the citizens of the country have taken to the streets. Prompted by the coup d’etat that occurred on February 1st, Myanmar’s quasi-democracy is watching its own demise as the Tatmadaw regains political power.   The Southeast Asian country of…

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…

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…

The Cost of Democracy

Written by: Jui Lin Lu After several months of struggle, the Hong Kong Anti-Extradition-Law movement has finally achieved some success. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the formal withdrawal of the Extradition Bill in response to the five demands made by the protestors. To achieve this goal, the city has suffered a tremendous amount. The…