Watchlist: Carles Puigdemont Detained Following European Arrest Warrant

Week of March 26th Protestors gather in Barcelona following Carles Puigdemont's arrest (Source: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images) Africa Democratic Republic of Congo Refuses to Attend Aid Conference The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country struggling to provide a basic quality of life for its citizens. The ethnic conflict in the Ituri province has displaced thousands of people from their homes, and malnutrition and disease are widespread. More than 13 million Congolese are in need of aid, and the situation is worsening. The United Nations has labeled this crisis a Level 3 - the highest level of emergency that can be declared. The organization is set to hold a conference for the DR Congo in G

Watchlist: Putin Reelected

Week of March 19th Putin at a polling station in Moscow (Source: Reuters) Africa Jacob Zuma to be Charged with Corruption Former South African President Jacob Zuma, who was forced to resign last month, will be sent to trail on sixteen counts of various crimes, including fraud, corruption, racketeering, and money laundering. Zuma and his representatives have categorically denied the accusations and have claimed that the prosecution acted with misconduct towards him and leaked information to the media. Charges against Zuma were first filed in 2005 but later dropped in a controversial decision by the National Prosecuting Authority. Chief Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams has now decided to charge the f

25 Years On: Central Asia

A contemporary map of the five Central Asian states (Source: Wikimedia Commons) A Brief History Historically, the Central Asian region--bordered by Iran and the Middle East to the southwest, Afghanistan and South Asia to the southeast, China to the east, and Russia to the north--was associated with the Silk Road network of trade routes, which was most famously traveled by Italian merchant Marco Polo in the fourteenth century. For example, Bukhara and Samarkand, both located in modern-day Uzbekistan, were widely known as two of the richest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world at the time. After around 1500 years of robust trading, however, trade routes through Central Asia were disrupted

Watchlist: National Front Rebrands

Week of March 12th National Front leader Marine Le Pen at the party's congress in Lille, France (Source: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol) Africa President of Mauritius to Resign Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will step down over accusations that she used charity money for personal shopping. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth told reporters on Friday that, “The president of the republic told me that she would resign from office and we agreed on the date of her departure.” He added that the resignation would happen before parliament reconvenes at the end of the month, though he did not specify a date. The issue arose when the newspaper L’express published bank documents showing that the preside

Watchlist: Xi Jinping Ends Presidential Term Limit

Week of March 5th Xi Jinping may be president beyond his previously expected resignation date (Source: Lintao Zhang/Getty) Africa Dual Terrorist Attacks Strike Burkina Faso Burkina Faso was hit by two simultaneous attacks on Friday, on an army headquarters and the French embassy. The attacks killed eight people and left over eighty injured. On Saturday the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Jama Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin claimed responsibility for the attacks. They are believed to have been carried out in response to French involvement in battling extremism in the region, and due to the formation of the G5 Sahel force. The force is a mix of troops from multiple West African nations whi

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