Kenneth Rubangakene


U.S., Turkey Suspend Visa Services Over Security Concerns

On Sunday 8th October 2017, U.S-Turkey relations took a turn for the worse as both governments announced the scaling back of visa issuing services in each other’s countries. This comes amid increased tensions between Washington and Ankara after a Turkish staffer was arrested at the U.S consulate in Turkey for […]


Kurdish Referendum Could Hurt Efforts To Help Country’s Displaced

Aid agencies in Iraq are concerned that escalating tensions surrounding the controversial Kurdish independence referendum could jeopardize efforts to help the country’s displaced population. Baghdad is furious at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for going ahead with last week’s vote in which an overwhelming majority of Kurds voted in favour […]


Turkey Warns Iraqi Kurds It Will Shut Airspace And Impose Border Controls

On Thursday, October 5th, 2017, Turkey issued a fresh warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders, threatening to close its border with northern Iraq and shut its airspace after Kurds voted in favour of independence. “Flights to northern Iraq have already been suspended, the airspace and borders will also close soon,” Mr. Erdogan […]


Mattis: ISIS Remains The Priority, But Chemical Weapons Will Not Be Tolerated

On Tuesday, April 11th, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis announced that America’s top priority in the Middle East remained the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Strengthening the former US position, he made it clear that the use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated […]


Countries Struggle To Agree On Abortion And Comprehensive Sexual Education

On 7th April 2017 in New York, following lengthy negotiations, the UN’s Commission on Population and Development ended late without any official decisions. The 50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development came to a surprise conclusion when it was unable to adopt a resolution on its theme of “changing population age […]