Sri Lanka Temporarily Bars Rajapaksa From Acting As PM

The former president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has been banned from acting as Prime Minister following no-confidence motions that were passed this past November. According to Aljazeera, this upheaval began on October 26, when President Maithripala Sirisena removed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from his position and put Rajapaksa in […]

Visa-Free Border Crossing A Beacon Of Hope For Peace In India And Pakistan

India has given Pakistan the green light to begin construction of the new Kartarpur corridor this week; an incredible step forward for two nations with considerable historic tensions. The corridor will provide vital access between significant Sikh areas which were split between India and Pakistan in 1947. Leaders hope for […]

U.S. Vice-President Pence Criticizes Chinese “Aggression” At ASEAN Meeting

This week Southeast Asian and other foreign leaders gathered in Singapore for the 33rd annual ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting at a time when there are growing tensions in Asia. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, speaking at the meeting, said, “We all agree that empire and aggression has no […]

Amnesty International India Latest Target Of Government Crackdown On Civil Society Groups And NGOs

Targeted by the government due to its broadcasting of human rights violations by the Indian government, Amnesty International India joins the list of civil society non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to be raided by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) agency. On Thursday, the 25th of October, the office of Amnesty International in Bengaluru, […]

Amnesty International: The Latest Victim Of India’s Attack On Civil Society

On October 25, Indian government officers raided Amnesty India’s offices in Bangalore. Amnesty India is the Indian branch of Amnesty International, the human rights NGO. India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED), responsible for investigating financial crimes, conducted the raids on the basis that Amnesty India violated the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). […]

Indian Supreme Court Allows All Women To Enter Sabarimala Temple: Is Legal Reform Enough?

India’s Supreme Court recently struck down a law banning women from entering one of Hinduism’s holiest sites – the Sabarimala temple, in India’s southern state of Kerala. This decision quickly intensified ire and anger amongst the violent mobs of Indian men who view allowing women of menstruating age (usually defined in […]

Indian Prime Minister Modi Signs Weapons Deal with Russian President Putin

On Thursday, October 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin travelled to India for an annual visit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is expected to include the signing of a five billion dollar weapons deal between the two countries. This would provide India with the S-400 air defence system, but may […]

The Rape Crisis In India

On September 15th, a 19-year-old girl was on her way to a test-preparation course, in northern India, when she was drugged, abducted and gang-raped. On the 21st, a bishop from Kerala, 54-year-old Franco Mulakkal, was accused of raping a nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016. In May, the eastern Indian […]

The New Liquid Gold – Water Insecurity In The Middle East

The Middle East is a region characterized by contrasts. Oil-rich Qatar maintains a GDP-per-capita of more than 100 times destitute Yemen. Beirut’s celebrated cosmopolitanism lies less than 300 miles from Raqqa, the capital of the now defunct caliphate of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Jordan acts a beacon […]