Fidel Castro Dies at Age 90

Fidel Castro Dies at Age 90

Fidel Castro, the leader of Cuba from 1959 to 2006, died last Friday. He was 90 years old. His 47-year time in office was the longest of any living national leader except for Queen Elizabeth II. In fact, it lasted through 11 United States presidents (from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama). Fidel Castro’s dictatorial legacy is both complicated […]

A Look at the Syrian Conflict

A Look at the Syrian Conflict

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in World | No Comments

During the second presidential debate earlier this month, both candidates made references to the ongoing conflict in Syria, particularly in the city of Aleppo. The war in Syria began as an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad five years ago, and has since split Syria into many parts, killed more than 400,000 people, and displaced millions […]

Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Top Stories, World | No Comments

On October 7, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Chosen from a record pool of 376 candidates, Santos, 65, was recognized for his efforts to end the civil war that Colombia has been fighting for 52 years. However, the decision was a controversial one. Civil War The ongoing guerrilla […]

Understanding the Hajj

Understanding the Hajj

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in People and Culture, World | No Comments

Every year, devout Muslims who are able undertake the pilgrimage to the Islamic faith’s holiest city–Mekkah in Saudi Arabia. As one of the cornerstones of Islam, every Muslim is expected to fulfilll this journey at least once in their lifetime. The pilgrimage is known as hajj. This year’s hajj began this past weekend. It is expected that approximately two million […]

Turmoil in Turkey

Turmoil in Turkey

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Top Stories, World | No Comments

On July 15, there was an attempt to forcibly remove Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erodgan from power. This action is called a coup d’etat. While detailed motives of the perpetrators are not yet fully known, the nation of Turkey has a long history of military coups. This latest attempt ultimately failed and left 250 people […]

Brexit: What Does It All Mean?

Brexit: What Does It All Mean?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Top Stories, World | No Comments

Last week, the people of the United Kingdom went to the polls and voted 52% to 48% in favor of leaving the European Union. It is being called Brexit (for British Exit). The news is causing quite a stir around the world, as leaders and experts gather to determine what comes next. This week, we […]

Explaining the Panama Papers

Explaining the Panama Papers

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Government, Top Stories, World | No Comments

Earlier this month, confidential files from a law firm called Mossack Fonseca were made public. The documents, collectively called “the Panama Papers,” were leaked by an anonymous source to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), who shared them with various news organizations. This week, btw breaks down the basics, offers a comparison of other […]

UN Climate Change Conference

UN Climate Change Conference

Over the years, btw has brought you stories about Climate Control—what it is, what it does, and measures proposed to slow its effect. Last week, around 25,000 representatives from nearly 200 countries came together in Paris for talks aimed at creating a legally-binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions globally. Key Issues From November 30 to […]

ISIS Strikes Beirut and Paris

ISIS Strikes Beirut and Paris

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Current Events, World | No Comments

Last Friday, November 13, terrorists conducted several attacks in Paris. There were also terrorist attacks the day before in Beirut, Lebanon. In both cases, the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) has assumed responsibility for targeting innocent bystanders in busy, public places. The terrorist group also officially claimed responsibility for the Russian airliner that had been […]

UN Creates Global Goals

UN Creates Global Goals

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in World | No Comments

Each year, the United Nations General Assembly (a division within the UN) meets for a three-day meeting called a summit. In its most recent summit, representatives from 193 countries formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda is made up of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be used by all participating governments […]