Upcoming Parliamentary Elections: A Turning Point In Iraq’s Long Road To Peace And Democracy, Or More Of The Same?

Iraq is set to hold its parliamentary elections next month, for the first time since declaring victory over ISIS in December 2017. Iraqis will head to the polls on 12 May 2018 to choose their next President and Prime Minister, the outcome of which will pose serious implications for the […]

Hydropolitics Sinks To New Depths In The Heart Of The Middle East

Within the Middle East, equal access to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and their tributaries in Iran, is now more important than ever. The breakdown of water access in this region is inherently related to the origins of these rivers. After Turkey and Iran take their share, fair or otherwise, […]

“Transparent” vs. “Unethical” Journalism Practices: Why It Is Time To Change The Practice Of Overseas Reporting

Humans are natural story tellers. We thrive off of sharing our experiences with one another and are a fairly inquisitive species. The media plays a large role in satisfying this curiosity and connects our world during times of victory and terror. Through news stories, we are able to draw conclusions […]

Victims Caught In Syrian And Turkish Relations

In Northern Syria, on the border with Turkey, the “People’s Protection Unit” or YPG (in Kurdish, Yekîneyên Parastina Gel) have occupied the town of Afrin. The YPG have been linked to the separatist group the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK (in Kurdish, Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê), who are based in Turkey […]

Battle At The Borders: Why More Responsibility Needs To Be Taken For Syrian Refugees

This week news about two different borders caught my attention; one about the Syrian border with Lebanon and the other with Turkey. Individually they alarmed me, but together they significantly call for a change in how the UN, governments and NGOs manage the Syrian conflict. The conflict which began in […]

Could Proposed Legislative Reform End France’s Violent War On Drugs?

A recently commissioned parliamentary report has suggested decriminalizing all drug use to ease France’s congested criminal justice system. Comprised of two assembly members of the governing centrist and centre-right parties, the report’s authorship recommended either fining (rather than prosecuting) individuals found in possession of drugs or downgrading use and possession […]