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U.S. Midterm Elections 2022

The US 2022 midterm elections will be held on November 8, the outcome of which will have huge implications for the rest of Bidens term. Key issues for voters include abortion, the economy, immigration, and democracy. The current economic downturn along with rising cost of living have become the focus of many discussions. New US voting laws are concerning, as is US election integrity in general. Find information on swing seats, voter suppression, and your right to vote.

U.S. Midterm Elections 2022
Poster for the Iran women's rights and anti-regime protests. Graphics of many Iranian women holding banners and fighting for women's rights. The words ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ at the bottom are coloured green and red to depict the flag of Iran
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Mahsa Amini and Iran Anti-Regime Protests 2022

Protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini whilst under arrest for violation of the strict hijab law continue to rock Iran and the world. Demonstrations against mandatory hijab use soon evolved into demands for greater freedoms, women's rights, and against the controversial morality police and harsh Iranian regime. Now being labelled the Iran Revolution, the government has responded with widespread internet blackouts, tear gas, and gun fire. 185 people have already lost their lives as Iranians desperately fight for massive governmental change.

Mahsa Amini and Iran Anti-Regime Protests 2022
Ukraine: No War! - Two young people wearing a banner and a megaphone demanding peace
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Russia - Ukraine Conflict 2022

After months of NATO and Russian posturing, Russia’s invasion into Ukraine began on February 24th. Due to NATO’s failure to stop its Eastern expansion, and massive weapons exports into Ukraine from the West we are now witnessing millions of civilians fleeing Ukraine. The world has responded with unprecedented global sanctions on Russia, as well as boycotts on Russian products - including oil. Safe evacuation routes from beleaguered cities have not yet been established, and so far, weak diplomatic efforts have failed. The ramifications are being felt on a global scale. Yet again we endure a military first approach, whilst nonviolent solutions and peace negotiations remain an underfunded afterthought. - betterworld.info/Ukraine with 8,000 links - Share!

Russia - Ukraine Conflict 2022
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Lula da Silva – Presidential Comeback in Brazil!

An incredibly tight race gives Lula the reigns to a divided Brazil. After becoming Brazil's first working-class president over 20 years ago, many are hoping that his incredible political comeback will see the return of environmental protections, and improved conditions for the 100 million Brazilians living in poverty. Bolsonaro's catastrophic environmental record turned Brazil into a pariah, with COP 27 around the corner, we wait anxiously to see Lula’s stance.

Lula da Silva – Presidential Comeback in Brazil!
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Sri Lanka Economic Crisis

The worsening crisis has caused a divided society to unite against the government. Protests began peacefully but have turned violent in the face of repression, to the point where thousands of protesters invaded President Rajapaksa's house and he was forced to flee. Inflation has made basic goods unaffordable, and food and medicine are in short supply. Fuel shortages are so widespread that the government has suspended sales to ordinary citizens, as there is not enough for essential services such as buses and ambulances.

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis

Colombian presidential election

Colombia has elected former guerrilla Gustavo Petro as president, along with Francia Márquez, making them the first left-wing government in the country's history and making Márquez the first black female vice-president. Petro's victory is seen as a break with the country's status quo and evidence of Colombians' strong desire for a new political path.

Colombian presidential election
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French Legislative Election 2022

Set for the 12th and 19th of June 2022, the 577 members of the French parliament will be selected. Newly re-elected Emmanuel Macron is hoping to secure a majority, but is facing tough competition from the far right, and also a new left alliance headed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Potential outcomes include a cohabitation where a power-sharing situation will curb Macron’s power.

French Legislative Election 2022
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Australian Federal Elections 2022

To be held on May 21 2022, current PM religious conversative Scott Morrison seeks his fourth term in office. Anthony Albanese has emerged as his main contender; his victory would secure the first Labor government in almost a decade. Australians have been rushing to the polls with top issues including immigration, healthcare, living wage, handling of the pandemic, and climate change inaction at the forefront of their minds.

Australian Federal Elections 2022
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Bongbong Marcos – New President of the Philippines

After a landslide victory in the May 9 election, concerns about the consequences for democracy in the country are widespread. Hailing from a notorious political family, his father's corrupt and brutal dictatorship ended in just 1986. The family have spent decades attempting to wipe clear this legacy through disinformation campaigns and publicity via social media. Lack of accountability for their misdeeds has angered campaigners, and the world will be closely watching developments concerning the economy, civil liberties, and press freedom.

Bongbong Marcos – New President of the Philippines

Indian Farmers' Protest

After more than a year of uninterrupted protests and the deaths of several farmers, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to repeal the three controversial farm laws that sparked the public outcry. The laws were passed in September 2020, after parliament claimed the laws would strengthen farmers' rights, but major trade unions and opposition politicians claimed they would give more power to big business in particular. Farmers formed a large movement called "Dilli Chalo" and organised general strikes and a protest march to Dehli with millions of participants.

Indian Farmers' Protest
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Nicaragua's Democratic Crisis.

Nicaragua continues to face serious threats to its democracy. The current president, Daniel Ortega, who has been in power for 14 consecutive years, continues his efforts to perpetuate himself in power. In recent months, the Ortega government has arrested several members of the opposition, many of them potential presidential candidates, accusing them of being "traitors to the homeland". Many of them have already been prosecuted and convicted, thanks to a series of laws passed by the Sandinista-majority National Assembly that allow the government to accuse any citizen of allowing foreign interference or financing coups.

Nicaragua's Democratic Crisis.
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Sudan’s Coup

Since 2019, a transitional government has ruled following the ouster of Omar al-Bashir. After several failed attempts, a coup finally took place this week, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his cabinet were arrested and the government was dissolved, sparking citizen protests in which, at least 10 people have been killed. The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet to discuss possible scenarios and actions by the international community.   

Sudan’s Coup
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Political crisis in Haiti

Tensions in Haiti have escalated following the assassination of Jovenel Moïse. President Moïse, had been in power since 2017 and, according to the opposition, should have finished his term in February this year, but Moïse claimed he still had a year left in office. Many saw this as an attempt to establish a dictatorship, and it was one of the many reasons for the mass protests in Haiti in recent months, but this unfortunate turn only worsens the precarious situation in the Caribbean country. 

Political crisis in Haiti

Myanmar coup

On February 1st, a coup was carried out in Myanmar. The military arrested political leaders including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, shutting off the internet and showing presence in the streets. A state of Emergency was declared for one year and the power was handed over to the commander-in-chief of the army, General Min Aung Hlaing. As a result, the military, which had been in power since 1962, regains full control of the country after a de facto democracy since 2011.  

Myanmar coup

Biden Presidency

Many were relieved when the major media organizations announced the Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the 46th presidential election. US Senator Kamala Harris will be his vice-president, becoming the first woman and African-American in this position. The two face the difficult task of bringing a deeply divided America back together and fighting the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden Presidency
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Belarus Protests

The Belarusian democracy movement began in response to the sixth re-election in 2020 of Alexander Lukashenko's authoritarian regime who they consider a dictator. Many people doubt the official election result because the media and critics have been censored for years. The movement is growing and demands for democracy and freedom of speech persist.

Belarus Protests

Storm on the Capitol

On January 6, supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol, attacked security guards and occupied it for several hours.The events disrupted the count of the Electoral College votes and theverification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential campaign. Trump and his supporters are protesting the election results, claiming there was fraud. A defeat for American democracy, manipulated by fake news, right-wing fanaticism and a lying populist as president.

Storm on the Capitol
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Brexit UK - an ongoing tragedy

On the 23rd of June 2016, a referendum was held for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. With a mere 51.9 percent supporting the separation, based on migrant fear, false promises, voter exclusion and lies, the UK is due to separate from the EU in January 2021. Keep track on the latest news here.

Brexit UK - an ongoing tragedy
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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders went from an unknown senator to a progressive national icon. Representing Vermont, he has become the longest independent member of Congress in U.S. history, well known for his views on economic inequality and for being a leading supporter of the Green New Deal. He lost the 2016 Democratic Party nomination to Hilary Clinton, but fortunately Bernie and his revolution are back for the 2020 race. With Sanders as president of the United States, the U.S.A and the world would be a far better place.

Bernie Sanders
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U.S. backed Military Coup in Bolivia

In a shocking event, one of Latin America's longest leaders, Evo Morales, has resigned after nearly 14 years in power and announced new elections. For weeks Bolivia faced anti-government protests led by opposition leaders on OAS backed allegations of electoral fraud. The leader denounced a coup d'état after the military and police withdrew their support, leading him to announce his resignation to protect the Bolivarian people.

U.S. backed Military Coup in Bolivia
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2019 Indian Citizenship Act

A wave of protest against a new citizenship law passed in early December 2019 has led to the biggest demonstrations in India for decades. The Citizenship Act states that religious minorities who fled to India before 2014 are allowed to claim Indian Citizenship. Muslim immigrants are excluded from this law though. Protesters criticize the Citizenship Act as discrimination against the Muslim minority and see the secular foundations of India at risk.

2019 Indian Citizenship Act
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Lebanese Protests

In an inspiring demonstration of unity, thousands of Lebanese have been protesting in the country's major cities, since the government announced a tax on social media apps. A proposal that was abandoned in a few hours, but the protests had already focused on deeper issues, such as political corruption and the country's high level of indebtedness. Demonstrations continue, even after the Prime Minister's resignation, as people demand more in-depth change.

Lebanese Protests
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VE-Day 2020

On the 8th May 2020, we celebrate the Victory in Europe Day and 75 years since the end of the Second World War and the Liberation from National Socialism. Around 60 Million People died in this War and many others were traumatized or displaced. Lets use this day to commemorate the many victims and recognize the significant danger of fascist ideology. So this will never happen again. 

VE-Day 2020

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