ITALY: Earthquakes Shake Central Italy

On 18 January, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni announced the deployment of a series of rescue teams to villages effected by the four 5.2+ magnitude earthquakes. All of the earthquakes truck on the same day, and three struck within the same hour. The earthquakes occurred during a heavy snowstorm. Parts of central Italy are without power and clear roadways. There has been one death reported.

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ITALY: Earthquakes Shake Central Italy

 

On 18 January, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni announced the deployment of a series of rescue teams to villages affected by four 5.2+ magnitude earthquakes. All of the earthquakes struck on the same day, three within the same hour, during a heavy snowstorm. Parts of central Italy are without power and clear roadways. There has been one death reported.

[Madison Landry madison.landry.ee@gmail.com]

UNITED STATES: Administration Shuts Down Dakota Access Pipeline

UNITED STATES: Administration Shuts Down Dakota Access Pipeline

On 4 December, the Obama administration announced it denied the permit required to complete the Dakota Access pipeline, leaving the project officially halted. The US Army Corps of Engineers also announced they would deny the easement required for the project, and called for another review and evaluation of the pipeline’s route. President-Elect Donald Trump announced his support for the project, indicating he would approve the permit once in office.

[Madison Landry, madison.landry.ee@gmail.com]

ITALY: Explosion at Bologna Police Station

On 27 November, Italian authorities announced the investigation into an explosion that occurred late at night outside of a police station in Bologna. No one was injured in the explosion. Video surveillance revealed three unidentifiable, cloaked individuals who ignited gas canisters near the entrance to the station. The attack preceded the upcoming Premier Matteo Renzi’s visit to Bologna later the same day. The Bologna mayor stated he believes the two events are unrelated.

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UNITED STATES: Dakota Oil Pipeline Protestors Refuse Government Order

On 26 November, Dakota oil pipeline protestors announced they will refuse the government order to vacate the federal land they have been protesting on for months. Tribal leaders also announced the continuation of nonviolent protests. The announcement follows a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outlining land that will be closed for public access on 5 December due to safety concerns.

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SOUTH AFRICA: HIV Vaccine Trial

On 27 November, South African HIV scientists announced a new HIV vaccine trial, HVTN 702, to begin on 30 November. The trial will be conducted on over 5,000 men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 in 15 different locations. Volunteers for the trial will receive either the vaccine or placebo over the course of a year through five periodic injections. Scientists believe, if successful, the trial will be the “final nail in the coffin” for HIV.

[Madison Landry, madison.landry.ee@gmail.com]

CANADA: Class Action Suit Against Hacked Casino

On 14 November, two individuals filed a class action lawsuit against Casino Rama in regards to “unauthorized access to personal information”. The suit was filed in the Ontario Superior Court and is seeking 60 million USD to encompass total damages. In November, the CEO was made aware of a cyberattack that had resulted in the unauthorized access to records containing personal information of its gamblers. The individuals filed the suit because they believe the casino was continuing to maintain the belief in its customers that their personal information was protected in order to continue to generate profits.

[Madison Landry, madison.landry.ee@gmail.com]

TURKEY: Officials Issue US-Bound Travel Warning

On 12 November, Turkish government officials issued an official travel warning for citizens traveling to the United States. Officials stated the warning was due to violent protests, as well as attacks and harassment against foreigners. The warning follows the US election in which president-elect Donald Trump won the electoral college but lost the popular vote.

[Madison Landry, madison.landry.ee@gmail.com]

AUSTRAILIA: Officials Reach Resettlement Deal with US

On 12 November, Australian and United States officials announced the agreement of a resettlement deal in regards to the refugees in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Australian law mandates individuals intercepted attempting to reach Australia in pursuit of refuge will be sent to the processing center detention camps in either Papua New Guinea or Nauru. Approximately 1,200 people are currently held at the processing centers, some of which have been there for years. The agreement is intended to resettle the refugees at the centers, including the resettlement of some into the US.

 

[Madison Landry, madison.landry.ee@gmail.com]

UNITED STATES: Anti-Trump Protests Continue

On 13 November, officials announced the fifth-day of continuous protests against Donald Trump, President-elect, in major U.S. cities including New York and San Francisco, with thousands joining the protests. Trump’s campaign manager requested more support from Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama to ensure a nonaggressive transition. Clinton and President Obama have not released statements calling for an end to the protests.

 

[Madison Landry, madison.landry.ee@gmail.com]

 

CHINA: Explosion in Shaanxi Province

On 24 October, a prefabricated house exploded in the town of Xinmin, located in Shaanxi Province, killing at least 14, injuring 147, and causing damage to the surrounding buildings and local hospital. Initial police investigations claimed the blast was caused by illegally stored explosives, leading to the detainment of the building’s owner and a search for the room’s tenant.

[Jake Delinger, jake.delinger.ee@gmail.com]

UNITED STATES: High School Graduation Rates Reach Record High

On 17 October, White House officials announced high school graduation rates reached an all-time high at 83.2 percent during 2014-2015. Officials also announced an increase in graduation rates within all ethnic groups, income groups, and disabilities. Officials reported Asian Americans reached 90.2 percent, Caucasians reached 87.6 percent, Hispanics reached 77.8 percent, African-Americans reached 74.6 percent, and Native Americans reached 71.6 percent.

[Madison Landry, madison.landry.ee@gmail.com]

TUNISIA: Prisoner Deaths Raise Human Rights Concerns

On 25 October Human Rights Watch (HRW) insisted on an objective investigation into the deaths of two Tunisian prisoners. HRW reported that the two prisoners’ families were not adequately notified of the deaths, and that the bodies of the deceased were badly bruised. In contrast, a spokesperson from the Tunisian prison where one man was held stated that he died of a heart attack. HRW identified three other cases where prisoners’ deaths occurred under “suspicious” circumstances. If Tunisian officials cannot clearly explain the prisoners’ deaths, the credibility of their judicial system could decline.

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MYANMAR: Fleeing Rohingyas Face Abuse by Traffickers

On 21 October Amnesty International released a report documenting the inhumane treatment of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar during their attempted flee to Indonesia via human traffickers. Some Rohingyas are taken against their will, but others willingly make deals with traffickers to take them to Indonesia, but are then beaten and held for ransom. Rohingyas are currently aggressively prosecuted in Myanmar, including being denied citizenship because of their distinct Muslim culture in a predominantly Buddhist nation. As long as discrimination against Rohingyas continues, they will continue to risk their lives in order to flee Myanmar.

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NETHERLANDS: Legal Proceedings Against Malian Terrorist Begin

On 7 October the International Criminal Court began hearing charges filed against Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi for the destruction of religious and cultural sites in Timbuktu, Mali in 2012. Al-Mahdi was part of Ansar Dine, a militant group with ties to al-Qaeda, which after overtaking Timbuktu destroyed ten cultural sites for the purpose of eradicating a culture and it’s beliefs. Previous cases have set precedent for considering destruction of religious and or cultural sites a war crime, and the international community’s hope is that the same charges will apply to ISIS’s destruction of Syrian cultural sites, most recently including The Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria.

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PAKISTAN: Denies Human Rights Violations

On 4 October, Sarjat Aziz, the Pakistani National Security Advisor, stated Pakistan was not oppressing people living in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, but instead accused India of  oppressing  Kashmiris. This statement follows Aziz’s accusation at the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers on 2 October, when he stated that India violated Kashmiri’s human rights and broke ceasefire agreements. As long as both nations continue to deny accusations made by the other regarding Kashmir, the diplomatic stalemate between India and Pakistan will continue.

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EGYPT: Lower Court Cages Removed

On 30 September, Justice Minister Ahmad Al Zend announced that iron cages will be removed from the lower courts used to prosecute minor offenses. While some court room security concerns remain, this decision is seen by many as a step towards greater human rights in the nation. Should this step within the justice system produce fairer trials and more order, it is possible that continued reforms within the courts will be implemented, allowing a more open society overall. 

[Drew Coughlin, drew.coughlin.ee@gmail.com]

SAUDI ARABIA: Haj Stampede Kills Hundreds

On 24 September, a stampede at the valley of Mina, near Mecca, led to over 700 casualties and over 850 injuries. The incident took place during a major ritual of the Haj that involves throwing stones at pillars that signify the devil, where Muslims believe Satan tempted Abraham. While the cause of the incident is under investigation, it is possible that major changes surrounding the preparation for the Haj will be implemented to prevent future tragedy.

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