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UCF’s International Relations Club Travels to Washington D.C.

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When I am not busy researching African politics and development, I spend my free time as treasurer of the International Relations Club (IRC). IRC is an organization that fosters discussion on international issues and current events, while promoting students’ academic and professional development. Last week, 15 IRC members – including Global Perspectives’ Bok Human Trafficking […]

Uncertainty after Odinga Withdraws from Kenyan Election Re-Run

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On Tuesday, Kenyan opposition candidate Raila Odinga announced he was dropping out of the re-run presidential election against incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. In September, after Odinga petitioned the results of the initial August election to the Supreme Court, the election was annulled due to electoral irregularities. A fresh election was scheduled for October 26, but after […]

Kenyan Supreme Court Calls for Election Redo

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On Friday, the Kenyan Supreme Court annulled the results of last month’s presidential election, ordering that a new election be conducted within 60 days. After President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the election, opposition candidate Raila Odinga petitioned the results before the court, claiming the election was fraudulent (Reuters 1). In an unprecedented […]

European, African Leaders Respond to Migration Trafficking

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Leaders of European countries met with leaders of African countries in a Paris mini summit. Participants met with the common goal of addressing illegal migration through human smuggling. Proposals included European-financed developments, funding for humane care of migrants, stronger border controls in Chad and Niger, and preliminary reviews for asylum (NY Times). German Chancellor Angela […]

Al Jazeera Interviews Controversial Gambian “People-Mover”

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Al Jazeera recently interviewed Gambian Mohammed Lamine Janneh, known as L-Boy, on his business of helping people enter Europe the “backway” (Al Jazeera). The “backway” refers to the popular and dangerous route of traveling through the Sahara to the Mediterranean and finally to Europe. An estimated 181,000 Africans took this route in 2016 to flee […]