Kuwait Ruler Travels to US for Medical Treatment

July 27, 2020
Kuwait’s ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah left the country early Thursday to complete medical treatment in the US (Reuters). Sheikh Sabah recently underwent surgery for an unannounced medical condition (Al Jazeera). A Kuwaiti royal said Sheikh Sabah lost consciousness twice since entering the hospital over the weekend (WSJ). The ruler suffered a debilitating stroke […]

Trump Administration Advises How to Identify Transgender Women

July 27, 2020
On July 1st, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new rule allowing homeless shelters to ignore the gender identity of transgender individuals (Vox). The new rule does not allow homeless shelters to exclude transgender people, but it lets homeless shelters determine housing based on gender assigned at birth (Vox). […]

U.S. Seeks Arrest of Venezuelan Chief Justice

July 27, 2020
On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that sanctions were being imposed on Venezuelan Chief Justice Maikel Moreno (Reuters). In addition, Pompeo announced a $5 million reward for any information leading to Moreno’s arrest or conviction (Reuters). Pompeo accused Moreno of accepting bribes to influence the outcomes of criminal proceedings in Venezuela (El […]

Iran to Execute Spy Who Led CIA to Soleimani

June 12, 2020
Iranian courts sentenced Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd to death for spying on Commander Qassem Soleimani for the US and Israel (Reuters). Officials of the Iranian Justice Ministry clarified Mousavi-Majd was in prison for some time and his activities were discovered before the airstrike which killed Soleimani (DW). Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili stated on Tuesday “He gave the […]

Coronavirus Causes Substantial U.S. Economic Intervention

March 20, 2020
Coronavirus in the U.S. created volatile stock markets with analysts warning that more than half of American jobs are at risk to be lost. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 2,997 points on Monday, marking its largest single-day point drop in history (WP 1). Following the plunge, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced a […]

U.S.-Canada Border to Close Amid Virus Crisis

March 20, 2020
On Wednesday, the United States and Canada agreed to close its 5,500-mile border to nonessential travel in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (WP). The border closure will effectively halt tourism and family visits but will remain open for trade and trucking (AP).The two countries rely heavily on each other, with nearly 200,000 […]