Philippines


Martial Law Extended To 2018 In Mindanao, Philippines To fight ISIS-linked Extremists

On Saturday, The Philippines Congress extended martial law over the island of Mindanao until the 31st of December 2017. After a 7-hour long deliberation, President Rodrigo Duterte was backed by 261 legislators who agreed to extend the current military rule over the region in an effort to fight the armed extremists […]


How The United States Chooses Its Battles

Last Thursday, The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan branch of Congress, held a hearing for activists to address the human rights violations that have allegedly been committed during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign. Duterte, since taking office, has already killed over 7,000 citizens, according to Human Rights […]


Persecution Of Rohingya Muslims Is Causing Severe Malnutrition

The UN’s World Food Programme has released a bleak report showing the dire situation for many of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. According to the document, over 80,000 children from the persecuted group are ‘wasting’ as they are suffering from acute malnutrition. Much like the food shortages in parts of Africa, this […]


The Displacement Of Human Rights In The Marawi Conflict In The Philippines: What Are The Causes And Non-Combative Solutions?

Following an outbreak of violence on May 23rd, the population of the city of Marawi and its surrounding areas was subjected to displacement, limited access to essential resources, and in many cases injury and death. Occurring sporadically across Mindanao, the southernmost island of the Philippines, Marawi, has been the epicentre […]


The Philippines’ Child Jihadists

The use of child soldiers is well established in the Philippines, where all of the factors that make children vulnerable to recruitment exist prominently. Child soldiers are likewise integral to The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s long-term global strategy. Worryingly, these trends conflate with the protracted history of […]


U.S. Warship Sails Near Disputed Island In The South China Sea

Over the past few days, the USS Stehem sailed close to Triton Island, which is part of the Paracel Islands archipelago, a territory claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam in the South China Sea dispute. The warship, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed below the territorial limits that are internationally recognized, which […]


Islamist Militants Besiege City In The Philippines

On May 23rd, fighters from the Maute group, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), took over the predominantly Muslim Malawi City in Mindanao, Philippines. The current occupation and conflict between the Islamist militants and government troops has continued for almost three weeks. The Filipino military has reported […]


Continued Doubt And Tensions Surrounding The South China Sea

The South China Sea maritime dispute continues to present nasty surprises despite the lowering of tensions since 2016. The recent Chinese push for its Belt and Road Initiative and the ongoing draft of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea has rekindled some of the old tensions and […]


2017 Strongmen: Duterte

With the controversial elections of Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, Austrian President Norbert Hofer, American President Donald Trump, the popularity of Dutch Geert Wilders, French Marine Le Pen and Polish Jaroslaw Kaczynski, as well as the popularity of the Greek Golden Dawn and the Sweden’s Democrat parties, the rise of right-wing […]