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Understanding the Conflict in Ethopia
By: Ryan Lafferty
One year ago, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in forging peace with Ethiopia’s regional enemy, Eritrea. At the time, the award was seen as a recognition of Ethiopia’s commitment to peace, tranquility, and collaboration. But in the past several weeks, Ahmed’s actions could be described as anything but peaceful: days of fierce bombing and targeted airstrikes have brought the nation to the brink of civil war. Now, many international leaders fear that one of the most populous nations on the African continent may soon be submerged in a bloody, sectarian conflict.
NASA and Privatization
By: Ethan Mathieu
On November 15th, at precisely 7:27pm EST, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket launched with NASA astronauts on board. It is yet another example of the private sector working in conjunction with the government to maintain American prestige in space. Space is becoming more about maintaining a bottom line, and less about science for science’s sake. But how did we get here and what does this type of private-public partnership mean for space exploration moving forward?
By: Ceclia Williams
Peru is in a state of outrage after former President Martín Vizcarra was impeached among unproven allegations that he was receiving bribes (up to 2.3 million soles or $640,000 USD) in exchange for government contracts. Vizcarra denied these allegations, but to no consequence as he was unexpectedly voted, and forced out of power on Monday, Nov. 9. He followed the announcement by claiming he would leave the presidential palace and return home in peace.