Newfound International Affairs Association fosters discussion

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20 

Every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m., a group of students eat and engage in discussions about global politics in the international relations lounge in Skinner 101 Some of these students study international relations or politics and some are simply passionate about global affairs.

Worldwide views from Mount Holyoke: Sarjana Jaiswal '18

Worldwide views from Mount Holyoke: Sarjana Jaiswal '18

BY GABBY RAYMOND ’20 

The first international student studied at Mount Holyoke in 1839, just two years after Mary Lyon opened her doors to educate women from all over the United States, according to the Mount Holyoke website. In the 2016- — 2017 school year, students from over 61 countries attended Mount Holyoke College. Because one person cannot speak for a whole community, the News seeks to tell the individual stories, like that of Sarjana Jaiswal ’18 from Lucknow, a city in Northern India.

Eight Catalonian independence leaders jailed, protests break out in central Barcelona

Eight Catalonian independence leaders jailed, protests break out in central Barcelona

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20

  A protest campaign broke out in St. James's Square in central Barcelona on Friday, Nov. 3. According to the BBC, the protest was triggered by legal action taken late Thursday afternoon by a Spanish judge, ordering the imprisonment of eight former Catalan government members for supporting Catalonia’s independence. 

Worldwide views from Mount Holyoke: Maha Mapara ’21

Worldwide views from Mount Holyoke: Maha Mapara ’21

BY GABBY RAYMOND ’20

The first international student studied at Mount Holyoke in 1839, just two years after Mary Lyon opened the doors to educate women from all over the United States, according to the Mount Holyoke website. In the 2016 – 2017 school year students from over 61 countries attended Mount Holyoke College. Because one person cannot speak for a whole community, the News seeks to tell the individual stories like that of Maha Mapara, a first-year from Karachi, Pakistan. 

Students celebrate diversity and inclusiveness during Himalayan Night

Students celebrate diversity and inclusiveness during Himalayan Night

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20

The Mount Holyoke College Nepali Student Organization (NEPSO) hosted Himalayan Night on Friday, Oct. 27. The organization seeks to promote awareness about Nepali culture among the Mount Holyoke community and further contribute to the cultural diversity of the campus. Himalayan Night is part of the Mount Holyoke College Diversity Nights tradition, which include events such as VariAsians and other cultural nights. 

Pakistan’s election to UN Human Rights Council sparks international conversation

BY SAVANNAH HARRIMAN-POTE ’20

According to Geo TV, a Pakistani television channel, Pakistan secured a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday, Oct. 16. The election was decided through secret ballot, and each candidate had to receive a simple majority of the 193 General Assembly member votes in order to receive a seat. Pakistan garnered 151 votes.

Jinping envisions China’s “New Era”in speech

Jinping envisions China’s “New Era”in speech

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20

China opened its 19th communist party congress in Beijing on Wednesday, Oct. 18. During the week-long congress, which is held every five years, the central delegates discuss keys issues which will project China’s future course of development for at least the next half a decade. As China continues to rise as a global superpower, this congress is particularly crucial to the global community, for it sets goals on China’s international participation in various aspects, as reported by Bloomberg. 

Worldwide Views from Mount Holyoke: Anran Wang '19

Worldwide Views from Mount Holyoke: Anran Wang '19

BY GABBY RAYMOND ’20

Making the trek to Mount Holyoke every year can result in over 20 hours of flying time for students coming from China; so what motivates so many Chinese international students to study here? For Anran Wang ’19, it was her spirit of adventure that led her to travel from her home   in Guangzhou, China, to South Hadley for school. Her family moved from a small town to the large metropolitan city of Guangzhou when she was finishing her elementary school years. She cited the switch to big city life as a turning point in her personality. 

The United States withdraws from UNESCO, alleging "anti-Israel" bias

The United States withdraws from UNESCO, alleging "anti-Israel" bias

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20

 The Trump administration announced its intent to withdraw from the U.N.’s Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) by the end of next year on Thursday, Oct. 12 due to an “anti-Israel bias,” as well as concern over mounting debt and the need for fundamental reform. 

NEWS BRIEFS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

BY SARAH LOFSTROM ’19 AND GABBY RAYMOND ’20

Iraq

Iraqi forces took over a Kurdish held territory in the center of Kirkuk City on Monday, Oct. 16. According to Al Jazeera, the operation was part of an incentive to take oil-rich provinces. Kurdish forces defend Kirkuk City for three days against the Iraqi forces. Thousands of Arab, Kurds, and Turkman civilians have fled the conflict. It took around 15 hours for Iraqi forces to successfully claim the area. 

Chinese Cultural Association invites students to celebrate Mooncake Festival on Skinner

Chinese Cultural Association invites students to celebrate Mooncake Festival on Skinner

BY SAVANNAH HARRIMAN-POTE '20

In conjunction with the Chinese Music Ensemble, the Chinese Cultural Association (CCA) hosted their annual Mooncake Festival on Skinner Green on Friday, Sept. 29. The celebration featured traditional and contemporary music, games and — of course -— mooncake. 

Worldwide Views: Angela Nayiga ’20

Worldwide Views: Angela Nayiga ’20

BY GABBY RAYMOND '20

According to the Mount Holyoke website, the first international student came to study at Mount Holyoke College in 1839, just two years after Mary Lyon opened a door to education for women all over the United States. In the 2016 to 2017 school year there were students from over 61 countries. Angela Nayiga ’20, from Kampala, Uganda who came to Mount Holyoke last spring is one of those international students. 

Saudi Arabia driving ban lifted

Saudi Arabia driving ban lifted

BY VICTORIA WANG '20

 The government of Saudi Arabia lifted its driving ban on women after a royal decree on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The act was first publicized on Sept. 26 at the United Nations by Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative, and it was soon followed by an official announcement from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman onthe Saudi Foreign Ministry official Twitter account. The decree becomes effective on June 24, 2018. 

Second severe earthquake hits Mexico in September

Second severe earthquake hits Mexico in September

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City, causing massive damage on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The quake’s epicenter was Puebla,  a town about 100 miles south-east of the capital. According to BBC, the death toll has already mounted to 273 people. Mexican civil protection authorities told BBC that at least 38 buildings have collapsed in Mexico City. Among the ruins was primary school Enrique Rébsamen. Officials say 11 children were rescued, but 19 children and 6 adults died, as reported by the BBC.