Daily Archives: March 26, 2017


Carrie Lam Becomes Hong Kong’s Chief Executive; But Was The Election Democratic?

Following a decision by Hong Kong’s Election Committee, career civil servant Carrie Lam has been chosen to serve as Chief Executive for the Chinese Special Administrative Region. Lam has been praised for her legislative competence, but many liberal reformers criticize her as being too closely tied to Beijing and having […]


Security Council Extends Mandate Of UN Mission In Afghanistan

A UN Security Council resolution has extended the mandate of its mission (known commonly as UNAMA) in Afghanistan until March 17th of next year, whilst calling on the Afghan government, with international support, to tackle the threat posed by extremist groups, such as the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Islamic State, and other groups. […]


China’s Coercion Causes More Challenges For Taiwan

Taiwan and China’s precarious relationship continues to be bruised by incidents of spying. Zhou Hongxu has been arrested for attempting to recruit spies within the Taiwanese government using business interests and education as ruses. Zhou came from China to Taiwan on a student exchange program and graduated from National Chengchi […]


UN Launches International Investigation Into Allegations Of Ethnic Cleansing In Myanmar

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution warranting an international fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of killings, rape, and torture of the Rohingya people by Myanmar’s military and security forces in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution brought by the European […]


Newly Elected Gambian Government Announces Truth And Reconciliation Commission

On March 24, Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou announced the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the purpose of investigating crimes committed under the rule of The Gambia’s recently departed dictator, Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh’s dramatic final weeks saw him briefly supporting the results of an election in which […]


Investigating The Inhumane Treatment Of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on Myanmar, agreeing to launch an international investigation into alleged rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. The 47-member human rights body will send a team of experts to Rakhine State, where most of Myanmar’s Muslims live, to investigate a military operation carried […]


US Army General Suggests Russia May Be Supplying The Taliban

According to a top US Army general, Russia may be arming Taliban militants fighting against the U.S backed Afghani government. U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti told a NATO committee in Europe on Thursday Russian influence had increased in the region, and could potentially extend to the support of the Taliban. […]


People Smuggling In Libya: Drownings In The Mediterranean Sea And EU Policy Failures

250 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, after two partially submerged dinghies were found 30km off the Libyan coast. On Thursday 30th March, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms spokeswoman Laura Lanuza, said its boat Golfo Azzurro had recovered five floating bodies, found close to the […]