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Isabella Roeske

International

Gay Sex Decriminalised in Botswana

On Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, the high court in Botswana ruled to overturn two laws which had previously criminalized gay sex. The vote was unanimous and has effectively become a landmark case in the realm of LGBTQ+ rights in Africa. The laws were both passed in a colonial-era but were brought to light earlier this year by an anonymous plaintiff who chose to go only by L.M. in court. Being gay himself, L.M. wrote in

Politics

Hello, Mr President: Bill Weld

Personal Background: Bill Weld was born on July 31st, 1945 in New York. Weld has been married twice with five children and three step-children. He graduated from both Harvard University with a law degree and the University of Oxford where he studied economics. Weld is a Republican and went on to become a successful businessman, politician and attorney. Once out of school, Weld started a private practice before becoming a legal counsel with the U.S.

Politics

Hello, Mr President: John Hickenlooper

Personal Background: John Hickenlooper was born February 7, 1952, in Narbeth, Pennsylvania and went on to graduate from Wesleyan University where he earned a B.A. in English and a  Masters Degree in Geology. Hickenlooper continued with a career as a geologist until he entered the business world when he co-founded the Wynkoop Brewing Company in 1988. In 2003, he was elected as the 43rd mayor of Denver. Hickenlooper served two terms, resigning in 2011. As

International

Brexit Running Out Of Time

On Friday, March 29th, the Parliament in London voted for the third time on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. In June of 2016, there was a referendum for British citizens to vote whether or not they wanted to leave the European Union. The results showed that over 17 million, or about 52 per cent of the electorate wanted to leave the EU. In the time since, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, has been working on

Politics

Green New Deal Blocked In Senate Test Vote

On Tuesday, March 26, the Senate test vote to begin the debate on the Green New Deal failed to meet the 60 required votes it needed. The Green New Deal is progressive legislation aimed at combating climate change introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Not a single senator voted “yes” to debate the deal with a 57-0 filibuster. Many Democrats refused to vote either “yes” or “no” and instead, 43 voted “present” which allowed them not

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