Daily Archives: January 12, 2017


Morocco To Spain: Desperately Seeking Migration

On New Year’s Day, the Spanish city of Ceuta, one of Europe’s only land borders connecting it with Africa, saw approximately 1,000 people attempt a daring mass migration from Morocco. Despite a “well-organized and violent attempt,” as described by local authorities, none made it through safely. Two migrants were seriously […]


Somali Civil War

“The people of Somalia just do not have a voice. They are to me the most forgotten people in the world.” K’naanSinger/songwriter/poet Overview Like many African countries, Somalia suffers from the aftereffects of colonization. Italy and Great Britain left the country unstable, forcing duelling clans to coexist. After an unpopular […]


Syrian Civil War

“Half of Syria’s refugees are children, and we know what can happen to children who grow to adulthood without hope or opportunity in refugee camps. The camps become fertile recruiting grounds for violent extremists” Samantha Power Overview As of  2016, over 1 in 10 Syrians have either lost their lives to or […]


South China Sea Dispute

“It’s easier for China to assert its maritime power by creating artificial islands in the South China Sea than by defying the U.S. Pacific Fleet with an aircraft carrier.” David IgnatiusJournalist Overview National pride, military ambition, historic and symbolic attachments and trillions of dollars-worth of trade have led to a […]


Israel-Palestine Conflict

” At the same time, it’s equally important to me that the two sides, both Israel and the Palestinians, work towards a durable peace settlement: that’s to say a viable two-state solution.” Angela Merkel Overview This piece of land has been contested for millennia, with takeovers by Babylonians, Romans, Crusaders, […]