Elise Terrell


Tunisian President Warns ISIL is Seeking to Exploit Unrest

Protests erupted in Tunisian cities of Tunis, Sidi Bouzid and Gafsa against rampant unemployment-the largest public demonstration to be seen since the toppling of former President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi, has warned that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant […]


Israeli Bill Targets Foreign NGOs

Despite fierce opposition by the European Union (EU), Israel has taken steps to limit its civil society through the passage of legislation that constricts foreign funded non-government organisations (NGOs) in a manner that is reminiscent of the Chinese. In a move that threatens Israeli’s free speech and democracy, the legislation […]


Islamophobia Fuels French State of Emergency and Far-Right

In a manner reminiscent of American presidential candidate, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front (NF) far-right French party, continues to gain support in an atmosphere of rampant Islamophobia. Anti-Islamic rhetoric and state repression against Muslims has increased, following the Charlie Hebdo massacre and recent Paris […]


Turkish-Russian Confrontation Over Syria: NATO, ISIL, And The Kurds

  Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over the Turkish-Syrian border, which, in spite of NATO’s conciliatory efforts, has heightened existing tensions between Ankara and Moscow. Turkish officials stated that they took down Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24 warplane with an air-to-air missile, which was fired from an F-16 jet for allegedly […]


Tougher US Immigration Policies Defy the White House and Fuel ISIL

  Despite condemnation by the White House and President Barack Obama’s outspoken opposition, The United States (US) House approved legislation requiring extensive refugee screenings following the Paris attacks. The attacks staged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed 129 people in Paris last Friday, which led […]


Anti-Islamic Movement in Myanmar Undermines Democratic Process

It has recently been revealed that Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi ‘purged’ the National League for Democracy opposition party of Muslims ahead of the national election on November 8, reflecting widespread anti-Islamic sentiment. Ethnic tensions were ignited by an ultranationalist Buddhist movement and the so-called ‘Burmese bin Laden’, who […]


Russia Tests American Power In The Middle East And Throws An Enduring Peace Solution Into Shadow

Much to Americas chagrin, Russia is becoming increasingly embroiled in the Middle East after backing the controversial government of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. The recently struck United States (US) – Russia airspace agreement reflects a growing consensus that these states must regulate their operations to avoid friendly fire over the battlefield. […]