Daily Archives: July 29, 2017


UN Middle East Envoy Says Jerusalem Holy Site Tensions Must Ease By Friday

On Monday, July 24th, the United Nations Middle East Envoy Nikolay Mladenov stated that the tensions at a Jerusalem holy site, the Al-Aqsa mosque, must ease by Friday. This statement followed a closed door UN Security Council meeting to discuss the rising crisis between Israel and Palestine surrounding the site. […]


Indonesian Environment Minister Seeks To Extend Ban On Licences For Forest Use

Reuters reports that Indonesia’s Environment Minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, would like to make the current moratorium on issuing new licences to use land designated as peatland or primary forest permanent. Reuters states that the moratorium was created in 2011 and covered 66 million hectares by November 2016. President Joko Widodo […]


Colombian Government And ELN Propose Ceasefire Amidst Peace Talks In Ecuador

On Tuesday, July 25th, National Liberation Army (ELN) leaders met with the Colombian government in Ecuador to negotiate an end to the war with Colombia’s last-standing rebel group by proposing a three-month bilateral ceasefire. The bilateral ceasefire was agreed upon by both parties with the condition from Colombia’s President Juan […]


President Trump Announces Ban Of Transgender People In The U.S Armed Forces

President Donald Trump stated on Wednesday in a tweet that the United States would be banning transgender individuals from serving in the nation’s armed forces. In a series of tweets President Trump stated the following: “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States […]


Autocracy In Turkey: The Lesser Of Two Evils?

Seventeen journalists from Cumhuriyet, the last independent newspaper in Turkey, have been put on trial in Istanbul and have been accused of aiding and abetting terrorist organizations by the government. This trial follows a long period of government superstition after the attempted coup in 2016, with more than 50,000 people […]