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    Chapel Hill organization, CHALT looks to bring change to local politics

    Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town (CHALT) was formed in 2015 by a group of citizens who were unhappy with the policies of their town leaders. These individuals believed they would be more effective in expanding their beliefs if they formed a group with a specific platform. Two years later, CHALT has used their political and organizational experience to help elect four new Chapel Hill town council members. A self-described “grassroots” organization, CHALT is neither a non-profit nor a political action committee. It is organized by 10 people who form the main leadership group. CHALT has about 100 key members who attend regular meetings and about 1400 people who…

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    Proxy wars with Saudi Arabia and Iran cause problems in Yemen and Lebanon

    By Olivia Jenkins and Madeline Brooks As the struggle for power between Saudi Arabia and Iran continues, Lebanon and Yemen have become a battlefield between the two nations, causing destruction and chaos across the Middle East. As of now, Yemen is facing a political, military, and humanitarian crisis. What began as a poor transition of power of the Presidency from Ali Abdullah Saleh to Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has ended in the assassination of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and caused a civil war leading to millions of Yemeni people on the brink of famine. This civil war began in 2015 when a rebel group called the Houthis attacked Sanaa and…

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    International outrage after ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

    By Olivia Jenkins Over 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have left Myanmar due to violence in the region of the Rakhine state. The refugees have been fleeing their homes in southwestern part of the country after the Myanmar  military burned and attacked several villages. The violence started on August 25, when a group of Rohingya militants known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked several police checkpoints, causing the Myanmar military to respond with violence against militant groups and civilians without distinction. Refugees have spoken of their homes being assaulted by helicopters along with troops destroying villages and slaughtering men, women and children. “On Wednesday they burned our village, so we ran…

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    Local elections in Chapel Hill heat up

    By Olivia Jenkins  On November 7,  Chapel Hill and surrounding cities will head to the polls to vote in local elections for Town Council, School Board and the Mayoral office. Running for re-election unopposed, Mayor Pam Hemminger is looking to continue her first term by pushing a platform of increasing high quality jobs and diversifying the tax base, as well as expanding the arts across Chapel Hill. “I’m continuing to help improve economic development for the town and then affordable housing,” said Hemminger in an interview with The Daily Tar Heel. Although the mayoral election has only one candidate, the Town Council elections have heated up with many candidates running…

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    Authoritarian regimes are on the rise across the world

    On March 29, Venezuela dissolved their National Assembly when the Venezuelan Supreme Court seized power from the legislative body. The international community was outraged, as the move was viewed as a power grab by President Nicolás Maduro. By using the Supreme Court, which he packed with people loyal to him, Maduro increased his power by getting rid of the opposition controlled legislature. It seems that Venezuela may be following an increasing trend toward authoritarian governments. These regimes are best known for forbidding political opposition, controlling the media, manipulating the courts and trying to restrict elections.  Freedom House, a non-governmental organization that conducts research on democracies, found that for the first…