What’s Next in the French Presidential Election?

What’s Next in the French Presidential Election?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in World | No Comments

Last weekend was the first round of voting in the French presidential election. The two candidates who earned the most votes–Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen–will now advance to the second round of voting, which will take place on May 7. How Does the French Electoral System Work? France has a multi-party political system, which […]

Tensions Escalate Between the U.S. and North Korea

Tensions Escalate Between the U.S. and North Korea

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in United States, World | No Comments

In what can only be described as a rapidly deteriorating situation, the United States and North Korea continue their diplomatic face-off while the rest of the world watches nervously, waiting to see what will happen next. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been escalating for quite some time. North Korea continues to test […]

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 […]