Watchlist: Juan Orlando Hernandez Sworn in Among Protests

Week of January 29th Protesters March in Tegucigalpa (Source: Eduardo Verdugo/AP) Africa Cape Town To Run Out of Water Cape Town is the first major city to completely run out of water. Recently, city officials have pushed up the “run out” date 10 days from April 22nd to April 12th. Cape Town’s largest reservoir has been diminished to a mere puddle and dam levels have reduced 1.4% in the last week. Starting in February, residents will be limited to the consumption of 50 liters of water per day in hopes of preventing the “run out” date from occurring. This would limit the average Capetonian to a short minute-and-a-half shower per day. While many residents have accepted this new way of life, o

Watchlist: Turkey Launchs Offensive Against YPG

Week of January 22nd Turkish forces near the Syrian border on Sunday (Source: Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse) Africa Several People Killed in DR Congo At least six people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo following widespread protests against President Joseph Kabila. Kabila has been in power since 2001 and is still in office today, despite the fact that his term expired over a year ago. Protestors took to the streets to demand that he step down after the DR Congo’s Catholic Church called on citizens to participate in demonstrations against Kabila. The church has been a vocal critic of the government, and members of the clergy marched with protestors on Sunday. The Congo

25 Years On: South Caucasus

A map of the contemporary South Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. (Source: Wikimedia Commons.) Introduction Throughout their history, the territories of contemporary Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan have been pushed and pulled by the imperial ambitions of their larger and more powerful neighbors: the Russian Empire (later, the Soviet Union) to the north, the Ottoman Empire (later, Turkey) to the south-west, and the Persian Empire (later, Iran) to the south-east. However, Russia eventually established dominance in the region, with Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan each becoming union republics of the USSR in the twentieth century, Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the S

Watchlist: Protests in Tunisia on Anniversary of Revolution

Week of January 15th Tunisians gather to protest in Tunis (Source: Hassene Dridi/Associated Press) Africa Protests in Tunisia Turn Violent Nearly 800 Tunisians have been arrested in protests that kicked off Monday opposing austerity measures passed by the government. The austerity measures saw tax raises and price hikes. This comes at a time when the Tunisian economy, especially its youth, are struggling. In recent years the Tunisian Dinar has plummeted and unemployment amongst youth has soared. One person was killed and many were injured on both sides as the unrest spread to multiple regions across the country. Most Tunisians taking to the streets are between the ages of 15 and 30. The U.N.

Watchlist: President Fujimori Pardoned in Peru

Week of January 8th Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori exiting a hospital in Lima (Source: Luka Gonzales/Agence France-Presse) Africa 13 Killed in Attack in South Senegal At least 13 teenagers were killed and seven others wounded by gunmen on Saturday in Casamance, a southern region of Senegal. The attack took place just outside the town of Ziguinchor where the teenagers were collecting firewood. The deaths are thought to be linked to a conflict between the Senegalese government and the insurgent group MFDC, which has dragged on for over thirty years. Violence has waned since a ceasefire was signed between the rebels and the government in 2014, and the attack—which is the worst Ca

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