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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 […]


Does The General Assembly Rejection Of Trump’s Jerusalem Move Signal The End Of US Dominance?

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that was co-sponsored by Turkey and Yemen, condemning US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the emergency session, 128 countries voted in favour of the non-binding resolution, 9 voted against the resolution and 35 abstained from the vote. […]


The Middle East’s Quadrille Dances Around Palestinian Hopes

Once more, the turbulent Middle East appears to be on the cusp of a major geopolitical realignment. The rising pace of the region’s interstate quadrille (an 18th & 19th century dance which involves repeated changing of partners) is seeing the development of strange bedfellows. In particular, many observers remark that […]


Women And War: Lessons From The Brutality Of India’s Partition

As India and Pakistan mark the 70th anniversary of partition this year, the violent legacy of the period continues to enflame relations between the two nations. What was then seen as a battle over land caused by religious differences after independence, also became a battle over women’s ‘honour’ – an […]


Kurdish Secession Ruled Unconstitutional By Iraqi Court

On 25 of September 2017, a referendum was held that indicated that just over 92% of Kurds were in favour of Kurdish secession from Iraq. The Iraqi Court ruled the vote unconstitutional, and stated that no region shall gain independence. Consequently, tensions between the Kurdish region and Iraq’s central government flared […]


Manus Island: Broken Solution To Age-Old Problem

The Australian-run detention center on Manus Island was shut down on October 31, after it was declared illegal by Papua New Guniea court. Its short lifespan is a testament to the complexities of implementing a working policy that effectively deals with refugee and asylum seekers. “Any asylum seeker who arrives in […]


The Rising Threat Of ISIS-Affiliated Groups In Africa And The Impact On Civilians

On 24 November 2017, a suspected ISIS-linked attack is believed to be the worst terror attack on Egyptian soil. The Friday bomb and armed assault attack at an important Sufi mosque in Northern Sinai resulted in at least 235 people senselessly losing their lives and hundreds more injured. This attack, for […]