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Activism Continues As Lebanon Attempts To Repeal Controversial Rape Law

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, activists in Lebanon displayed their latest protest against the controversial Article 522, which allows rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims. A proposal to revoke Article 522 will go before Parliament on May 15 and would increase the minimum prison sentence for rapists from […]


Saleh-Houthi Forces’ Use Of Landmines In Yemeni Conflict

A report by Human Rights Watch published on April 20th, 2017 revealed that the use of banned anti-personnel landmines by Houthi Rebels and forces loyal to Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, have caused numerous casualties and hindered the safe return of civilians displaced by the fighting. The forces’ actions […]


What To Do With North Korea?

Since the Kim family have ruled over North Korea, the country has been the black sheep in the international political sphere. The communist country has adopted quite an isolationist posture and propagated a domestic ideology that enemies, constantly threatening its survival, surround the country. And while relations between North Korea […]


Leading Figure In The Pakistani Taliban Surrenders

The Pakistani Military has announced that Sajjid Mohammed (more commonly known as Ehsanullah Ehsan), a leading figure in the Pakistani Taliban, has surrendered himself into their custody. Ehsan rose to prominence as the public face of the organization, through sophisticated media campaigns. In the aftermath of terrorist attacks, he would […]


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 […]


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Referendum Victory: Why It Is Bad For Turkish Democracy

In one sense, a referendum is democratic in its purest form: a vote for every person with the majority determining the outcome. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s announced victory on 17 April 2017 for an executive presidency is quite the opposite. Turkey was called to vote in a referendum on whether […]