New Zealand Passes Paid Leave For Domestic Violence Victims

New Zealand has passed the Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Bill, allowing family violence victims to apply for ten days paid leave from work.  The private member’s bill was passed on June 25th, winning by a mere 6 votes.  Victims do not have to prove the abuse, and the workplace is […]

Rodrigo Duterte’s Reaffirms ‘Relentless’ Crusade Against Drugs

On July the 23rd, Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte spoke at the annual State of Nation Address (SONA), a publicly broadcasted event in which the president addresses both the Senate and House of Representatives in a joint session. During his address, Duterte vowed to continue his crackdown on illegal drugs and […]

Green Murder: Record Number Of Environmental Activists Killed in 2017

Despite the increasing importance of environmental initiatives, advocating for them remains a dangerous occupation globally. In fact, a record 207 environmental activists were killed last year in the course of their activities according to Global Witness, a human rights NGO. These deaths came as activists attempted to prevent development on […]

Anti-Loitering Campaign Targets The Filipino Poor

The police in the Philippines have been targeting poverty-stricken communities through mass incarcerations for petty crime charges. A new anti-loitering campaign has imprisoned 8000 people since June 13th, 2018, further crowding jails following mass arrests in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), Philippine’s […]

Territorial Disputes Over South China Sea Intensifies

During a flag-raising ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs on May 28th, Philippines’ Foreign Minister Peter Cayetano relayed to the public President Duterte’s assertion that “if anyone gets the natural resources in the Western Philippines Sea, South China Sea (SCS), [Duterte] will go to war.” The threat comes as […]

Free Press Clampdown In The Philippines  

Since taking office on June 30, 2016, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has changed the face of the country’s politics, embracing his ‘strongman’ appearance, particularly through his War on Drugs that has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people at the hands of Philippines National Police and “unidentified gunmen.” This, […]

China Vs. Australia: Military Confrontation In The South China Sea

The Australian Navy was confronted by Chinese military ships in the South China Sea earlier this month, as China continues to strengthen its position in the region. Australian warships were heading to Vietnam for a ‘good-will’ visit, and an unintentional meeting with the Chinese military occurred on the way. It […]

“I Will Arrest You”: Rodrigo Duterte’s Latest International Provocation

Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, has threatened prosecutors representing the International Criminal Court (ICC) who may seek to investigate his controversial campaign against drug users for evidence of potential crimes against humanity, reports Al-Jazeera. Duterte’s incendiary comments are the latest in a long line of brash and aggressive statements that […]

ASEAN Sydney Summit: A Chance For Unprecedented Regional Cooperation

On March 17 and 18, Australia hosted its first ever summit for ASEAN, marking a potential turning point between the country’s relationship with its Southeast Asian neighbors. The Special Summit, hosted in Sydney, represents a major change in the region’s geopolitical dynamics for multiple reasons. The summit appears to have […]