Daily Archives: December 30, 2017

Iran And Saudi Arabia’s Gender Reform Rivalry

As traditional political and religious tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia intensify, it seems a new rivalry has emerged as both states race to ease respective government restrictions of women’s rights. Saudi Arabia has long been considered more repressive towards women than Iran; however, policy reform in recent years, including women […]

Pope Francis’ Christmas Message Prays For Peace In Israel

Pope Francis has used his annual Christmas Day message to pray for peace in Israel via a two-state solution. The Pope gave his traditional ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (to the city and to the world) speech in St Peter’s Square, urging that religious differences be set aside when he claimed “we see Jesus […]

An Historical Unanimous Agreement On North Korea Sanctions

On the 22nd of December, the United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in response to its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test on the 29th of November. The resolution 2397 bans approximately 90% of refined petroleum product exports and it demands North Koreans […]

UN General Assembly Votes 128 To 9 Condemning Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

The United Nations General Assembly voted on Thursday 128 to 9, condemning President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The non-binding but symbolic vote that defied Trump’s threats to cease foreign aid has significantly changed the relationship cultivated between the Obama Administration and the UN. The […]