Watchlist: Mubarak Exonerated

Week of March 27th Syrian football team competes for World Cup qualifiers Africa Mubarak Released from Egyptian Prison After six years of incarceration Hosni Mubarak was released from a military prison in southern Cairo to his home in a northern suburb. He was arrested and charged following Egypt’s 2011 democratic uprising. He was originally sentenced to life in prison, but a court of appeals ruled in his favor and exonerated Mubarak of the charges. Activists have voiced their disdain over the ruling, as the country continues to struggle under the rule of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Massive protests allowed the government to overthrow Mubarak and courts offered some retributive justice for his act

Watchlist: Venezuelan "Bread War" Continues

Week of March 20th Picture from the German colonial occupation of Namibia, 1904-1908. Africa Namibian Tribes Seek Reparations from Germany Two Namibian tribes have filed a lawsuit against Germany, demanding reparations for genocide that occurred between 1904 and 1908. Between these years around 100,000 people from the Herero and Nama tribes were killed by German colonial leaders. Germany has refused to pay direct reparations saying the aid given to Namibia since the 1990s is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. They say they do not use the word “reparations” in their official communication with Namibia because it is a legal term with severe implications and their support of Namibia is deri

Unpacking the Alleged Assassination of Former Heir to North Korean Throne, Kim Jong-nam

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Malaysian police are currently investigating the murder of estranged and subversive half-brother to the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur’s international airport. While no one has been convicted for the incident, which occurred on February 13th, US and South Korean officials have implicated the North Korean government’s foul play, considering the identification of five North Koreans as suspects. The hermit state of North Korea has remained silent in the face of increasing demands for answers. While the consequences of the assassination for the world remain unclear, the fact that

Watchlist: Buhari is Back

Week of March 13th President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Africa Buhari Returns to Nigeria Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Friday after having been gone for several weeks.The nature of his absence was a mystery to many as the President and those close to him kept quiet about the circumstances surrounding his leave. The president had not given a time frame for when he expected to return and rumors swirled around his health. His stay in London was meant to be a vacation but was extended for a medical leave. Nigerians have not been updated on the status of his health but even as Buhari has returned to Nigeria it was announced Vice President Buhari would contin

Watchlist: Flying to the Falklands

Week of March 6th The location of the Falkland Islands. Africa Drought in Somalia A severe drought in Somalia has led 6.2 million people to suffer from food shortage and is creating a spreading famine. From just Friday to Saturday of this past weekend 110 people have died. Earlier in the week newly elected President Farmajo declared the drought a national disaster. The United Nations announced that the drought was caused by two consecutive seasons of little rain, which has killed both livestock and crops. This lack of clean water has increased the risk of waterborne diseases and children in affected areas are at risk of dropping out of school. This is not the first time the country has been

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