Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Removed From Office

Pakistan has experienced a constitutional crisis and change of Government. Imran Khan, the former cricket-star turned politician was removed from the office of Prime Minister in a vote of no confidence, the first in the Nation’s history. Khan’s tenure as Prime Minister began encountering difficulty as Pakistan faced economic downturn.

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine Prompts Crippling International Response

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has precipitated near universal condemnation around the world. NATO and European Union states have roundly criticized the illegal and unprecedented Russian invasion of the Eastern European country of 40 million people. NATO and EU countries were united not only in words but actions, presenting a unified and potent response.

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Canadian Protests Obstruct Movement in Ottawa, US Border Crossing

In less than a month, what began as a small convoy in rural British Columbia, Canada, has become a movement that has seen protestors clog the streets in the Canadian capital of Ottawa and brought the largest US-Canada border crossing to a virtual standstill. Nearly 80% of Canadians are fully vaccinated. The percentage of Canadian truckers who are vaccinated is also quite high. The protests initially were led by a small minority of Canadian truckers in opposition to vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers, but in light of the fact that a lift of Canadian mandates would be moot so long as the US maintains its mandate, the movement has evolved to oppose a much broader array of perceived transgressions. Freedom Convoy participants now oppose COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown measures, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the Canadian government in general. The movement has also drawn participants from the fringes of the political right with the makeup of some protestors including QAnon supporters and Great Replacement theorists. 

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Honduras Elects First Woman President, Votes Out Ruling Party

On November 28th Hondurans took to the polls and cast ballots on many national and regional offices in addition to the Presidency. The elections saw the end to the 12 years of power for the the right wing National Party and the victory of the first women to be elected President.

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Jailed Ex-Georgian President’s Hunger Strike Causes Outrage

On October 1st, after eight years of exile, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili returned to his home country and was promptly arrested. Since his arrest, he has gone on a hunger strike, and with his condition deteriorating supporters, rights groups, and international observers have expressed concern regarding his treatment.

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Sudanese Military Coup Experiences Major Opposition

On October 25 2021, just over two years after Sudan began a transition to democratic rule, the Sudanese Military, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, staged a coup and removed civilian leaders from power. Abdalla Hamdok, who had been Prime Minister since August 2019 was arrested on October 25, and after refusing to approve the military takeover, was imprisoned in an unknown location.

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Benin Passes Law Legalizing Abortion

On October 20th the West African Nation of Benin passed a law that would legalize abortion. Previously abortion was legal in Benin only in cases of rape, incest, or serious health concerns, the new law passed through parliament after heated debate will allow for termination up to three months in cases where the pregnancy was, “likely to aggravate or cause a situation of material, educational, professional or moral distress incompatible with the interests of the woman and/or the unborn child.”

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