Social justice advocates killed in London stabbing

On Friday, Nov. 29, two Cambridge graduates, 23-year-old Saskia Jones and 25-year-old Jack Merritt, were killed in a stabbing in London. Three others were injured and remain in the hospital as of Saturday, Nov. 30. Authorities are describing the stabbing as a terrorist incident. The attack began at Cambridge University’s Learning Together conference in a […]

Yellow Vest protests continue to impact France

After 12 weekends of protest, the “Gilet Jaune” (Yellow Vest) movement continues to impact France. The protests initially developed in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to raise fuel taxes, but have since evolved into a broader revolt against the government. Over 65,000 demonstrators continue to take to the streets every Saturday. There is no […]

Macron criticized by ‘Gilet Jaune’ fuel protesters

Jacob Wentz is the Catalyst’s foreign correspondent reporting from Pau, France. Thousands of demonstrators organized in streets and highways throughout France over the weekend to protest proposed tax hikes on gas. The activists are organized under the Gilet Jaune, or “Yellow Vest,” movement, a name which references the fluorescent yellow safety vests that French drivers […]

Emergency anti-terror powers become law in France

The French parliament recently approved an anti-terrorism bill that grants authorities the power to search homes, close places of worship and restrict movement. The new law makes permanent various measures that were imposed under the state of emergency following the November 2015 Paris attacks. The state of emergency imposed after the attacks extended the power […]

Chechen torture prisons reflect LGBTQ discrimination in Russia

Recent allegations made by the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta state that the Chechen Republic, commonly referred to as Chechnya, detained over 100 men suspected of being gay. These claims, in addition to those about secret jails in which men are reportedly tortured, led to international outcry about the current state of civil rights in Russia. […]

The seven wonders of TRAPPIST-1

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Spitzer Space Telescope has identified not one, but seven new Earth-sized planets orbiting a dwarf star. All seven of these planets could potentially contain liquid water, but three are firmly located in the habitable zone – the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most […]