Leader Spotlight: Juan Guaidó

Name: Juan Guaidó Country: Venezuela Title: Interim President Party: Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) Ideology: Progressivism, Social liberalism, Radical Centrism, Social Democracy Background: Juan Guaidó was born into a middle class family in the coastal city of La Guaira, the capital of the state of Vargas. When he was in his final year of high school, Guaidó was marked by the 1999 Vargas tragedy, in which flooding and massive debris flows killed between 10,000 and 30,000 people and whole towns were wiped out. As a result, Guaidó had to leave for Caracas, the capital, where he graduated as an industrial engineer in 2007. That same year, he took an active role in the student protests against

Watchlist: Former Bosnian Serb Leader Karadžić Sentenced to Life

Week of March 25th, 2019 Africa Cyclone Idai Strikes Southeastern Africa A deadly cyclone struck Southeastern Africa last week and its effects have been felt particularly harshly in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. The death toll currently stands around 750 between the 3 countries, with 446 of those deaths coming in Mozambique and at least 259 and 56 in Zimbabwe and Malawi specifically. Beira, home to over 500,000 and the capital of Sofala province in Mozambique has seen the worst effects of Cyclone Idai. The port city has largely been destroyed, with roads into the city only re-opening over the last few days to allow for aid to come in to the city from in-land areas. According to the Guard

Highlighting Feminist Movements and Activists Around the World

Brazilian Women in London Protest in Solidarity with the #Elenao Movement in 2018 (Source: Wikimedia Commons) #Elenao (#NotHim), Brazil The election of far-right populist leader Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil in 2018 has set off a new wave of feminist protest and activism in the South American country. One such movement, dubbed #Elenao (#NotHim in English), was first launched as an online campaign in protest to the figure, but quickly snowballed into large scale demonstrations in the streets of Brazilian cities. Arising in direct response to Bolsonaro’s rhetoric during his candidacy, the movement was successful in becoming an umbrella movement for other groups who opposed Bolsonaro, including Men

Watchlist: Bouteflika Will Not Seek A Fifth Term

Week of March 18th, 2019 Algerian President Bouteflika, pictured here while casting his ballot in the country's 2012 elections, will not be seeking a fifth term. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Africa Algeria's Bouteflika Will Not Seek a Fifth Term in Office Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging Algerian president whose candidacy has provoked weeks of protests, announced that he would not pursue a fifth term in office on Monday. This announcement was an attempt to appease the growing number of protestors who demanded that Bouteflika cease his plans for extending his 20-year rule. However, this also canceled April’s election, and has in turn, called into question how long the president would actually r

Leader Spotlight: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

Name: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow Country: Republic of Turkmenistan Title: President Party: TDP (Democratic Party of Turkmenistan) Ideology: Turkmen nationalism, Secularism, Authoritarianism (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Rise to power: Born in 1957, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is the son of a former government minister and retired colonel. A dentist by training, he worked in medicine for years, also serving as the head of the dentistry center of the Turkmen Ministry of Health in 1995. It wasn’t until 2001 that Berdimuhamedow stepped into his first major government position when he was appointed Minister of Health and came to take on a more public persona. It wasn't until 2007, after a lengthy gove

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