June 21, 2018

Hungary criminalizes ‘facilitating’ illegal immigration

Hungary’s parliament passed laws on Wednesday that make it illegal to aid undocumented immigrants. The bills, referred to as “Stop Soros” measures, specify sentences of up to one year in prison for “facilitating” illegal immigration. Non-governmental organization (NGO) workers could be jailed under the new law if an NGO helps or campaigns for asylum seekers, […]

June 20, 2018

Trump signs executive order to detain alien families together

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to detain “alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.” The order, titled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” called for the adjudication of cases involving detained illegal immigrant families to be prioritized, and for government agencies to make facilities available […]

June 20, 2018

Taliban kills 30 Afghan soldiers, captures military base in western Afghanistan

On Wednesday, the Taliban attacked two government security posts and captured a military base in Afghanistan’s Badghis province. The provincial government said 30 Afghan soldiers and 15 Taliban fighters were killed in conflicts on Wednesday. The Taliban had announced a three-day ceasefire with the government for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The ceasefire ended […]

June 20, 2018

Canadian Senate votes to legalize recreational cannabis

Canada’s Senate passed a bill 52-29 on Tuesday to legalize recreational cannabis. Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, was passed by the House of Commons, Canada’s lower parliamentary house, last November. Sale of marijuana to people under 18 years of age will be illegal under the act. A legal cannabis market could be set […]

June 20, 2018

The limitations of the media coverage of SCOTUS’ gerrymandering ruling

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in two cases related to partisan gerrymandering, one from Wisconsin and one from Maryland. Partisan gerrymandering refers to the division of voting districts in such a way that it favors a particular party, disproportionately for the party’s overall support in a state. The court found that Democrat plaintiffs in […]

June 20, 2018

A brief rundown of gerrymandering

The Supreme Court recently ruled on two partisan “gerrymandering” cases. As noted in our full analysis, some of the coverage didn’t provide much contextual information about gerrymandering itself. So if the media coverage left you with questions, we’ll fill in some of the gaps here. What is gerrymandering? Gerrymandering is the act of dividing an […]

June 19, 2018

US announces withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that the U.S. would withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Haley said the council showed bias against Israel and granted membership to other countries that she alleged had committed human rights violations. Haley issued her statement at the State Department, alongside Secretary of State […]

June 19, 2018

Explosion in London train station leaves five injured

London police reported an explosion at the Southgate train station in north London on Tuesday. At least five people were injured. Three were treated at the scene with minor injuries and two were taken to a nearby hospital, according to a London ambulance service spokesperson. Scotland Yard said officers at the station were trying to […]

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