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    Moscow, We Have a Problem: Current Protests in Russia a Sign of Trouble for Putin?

    Written by: Associate Editor, Rachel Combs             Tens of thousands of people gathered in cities and towns across Russia over the weekend protesting the current detention of opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. Navalny was arrested January 17th after returning from Germany where he has spent the past 5 months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning which he has blamed on the Kremlin. He was arrested for violating the terms of his probation by failing to register while in Germany. His probation stems from a 2014 money laundering case, which Navalny claims was politically motivated. Navalny has been a long-time critic of Vladimir Putin and has spent the better part of a…

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    Millions of Indian Farmers Protest Anti-Labor Legislation: Indication of the Need for a Stronger International Labor Organization.

    Written by: Matthew McCartin, Associate Editor For nearly forty days, Indian farmers and workers have taken to the streets of India to protest new agricultural legislation passed by the Indian government that would deregulate Indian agriculture and encourage farmers to sell their crops directly to corporations.[1] the height of the protests, an estimated 250,000,000 Indian workers and farmers took part in the protest, which makes up roughly four percent of the entire world’s population. The law promulgated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far-right Bharatiya Janata Party, not only negatively effects Indian farmers, but also would affect global commerce, as India is a major exporter of agricultural goods, including spices, which…

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    The NBA’s China Debacle: How Corporations Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Chinese Market

    By Max Hubscher, Associate Editor On October 4, 2019, one tweet, and its subsequent fallout showed the influence that a foreign government can have over an American company.  On that day, Daryl Morey, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets NBA team tweeted a picture that read “fight for freedom stand with Hong Kong”.  The since deleted tweet was posted in support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong against increased Chinese governmental control over Hong Kong.  The tweet had almost instant ramifications for the Rockets.  The day after the tweet was posted Tencent, an official broadcasting partner of the NBA in China and China Central Television (CCTV) announced that…

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    Ecuador Agrees to Resume Fuel Subsidies After Weeks of Violent Protests

    By Grace Mandry, Associate Editor For the past two weeks, the world has watched as conflicts unfolded in Northern Syria, Turkey, and the streets of Hong Kong. Meanwhile, in South America, thousands of protestors shut down the streets of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Violence erupted after the President, Lenín Moreno, announced the end of fuel subsidies and controversial labor reforms. The protests are the biggest to occur in years. The government announced the law, Decree 883, as an austerity measure in an effort to secure a $4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). President Moreno initially signed the agreement in March. Decree 883 ended forty years of…

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