Category: Current Affairs

A Pope for Change?

By Tajha Chappellet-Lanier Staff Writer Pope Francis I has been making headlines since the night he was chosen as Pope. Fellow newsreaders may remember his early days in Rome, when he attracted attention by paying for his own hotel room and, famously, taking the bus to the Vatican. The societal values implicit in this are…

Catalonia: The Next State of Europe?

By Charlotte Berends UCR Class of 2014 On Thursday, September 26, the Catalan Parliament adopted a resolution stating that an exact date, an explicit question, and the precise legal process for a referendum on the self-determination of Catalonia would be determined by the end of the year. This resolution marks yet another step in Catalonia’s…

The Road to Equality in the UN Security Council

By Julia Airey Staff Writer Recent diplomatic actions in the 68th session of the UN General Assembly by Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has caused the much-discussed debate about representation in the Security Council to resurface.  President Mugabe argued that the UN does its members an injustice by allowing Europe two of the five seats on…

The Rocky History of The Muslim Brotherhood

By Tajha Chappellet-Lanier UCR Class of 2014 On August 17, 2013, interim Prime Minister of Egypt, Hazem el-Beblawi, proposed the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood. Just days later, he backed down from the idea, saying instead that his government would continue to closely monitor the group. And this is just the most recent difficulty faced…

Recount Demanded by Moscow Mayoral Candidate

By Vincent de Ruiter Staff Writer On June 8, 2013, Moscow held its elections to determine its next mayor. According to the official Moscow electoral commission, the Putin-supported mayor Sergey Sobyanin won reelection with a handsome 51.37% of the popular vote. This was the first time in 10 years Moscow held a popular vote to…

The Muffled Beats of the War Drum

Vincent de Ruiter Staff Writer  On Saturday, 31 August, President Barack Obama announced his support of “military involvement” in the Syrian civil war. Citing State Department reports of evidence that the regime of Basher al-Assad had used chemical weapons against its own citizens, Obama called for military action against the Syrian regime, with congressional approval….

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