Philippines


Multilateral Collaboration: Countering ISIS Influence In South Asia And Oceania

6 countries from Southeast Asia and Oceania gathered in the city of Manado of Indonesia this past Saturday (July 29th) to tackle the spread of Islamic State extremism and violence in the region. Co-hosted by Indonesia and Australia, the inaugural summit also brought together ministers from the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, […]


Police Brutality In The 21st Century

In London, on July 22, Rashan Charles, a 20-year-old father, died from injuries sustained during an incident with police officers, reports Al Jazeera.  Charles is not the first high-profile death due to an incident with police.  In fact, Edson Da Costa, another young black father, also died while in the […]


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 […]