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French Gay Rights Groups File Complaint Against Chechnya

Three French gay rights groups filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing Chechnya of a “wave of persecution” against homosexuals. Stop Homophobie, Mousse, and Comite Idaho France filed the complaint on the 17th of May, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, after a 17-year-old boy was allegedly […]


Artillery Shelling Kills Four Civilians In Eastern Ukraine

Four civilians have been killed by artillery shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiyivka on Saturday, May 13th. Ukrainian officials blamed pro-Russian separatists for the deaths. Furthermore, a statement by Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the Ukrainian Governor of the Donetsk region, claimed that the shell hit a private house and “three […]


What The Firing Of FBI Director James Comey Says About The State Of American Politics

On Tuesday May 9th, James Comey was relieved of his post as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This shocking revelation has raised a variety of questions as to the reasoning why and how this relates to issues of whether or not this can be considered a conflict of […]


Echoes Of Watergate: Why Did Trump Fire FBI Director James Comey?

On the 20th of October, 1973, then US President Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Special Prosecutor investigating Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal. Attorney General Elliot Richardson refused to carry out Nixon’s order, leading him and his deputy to resign. But what is known as the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ […]


Lessons In Combatting Cyber-Sabotage From The Macron Leaks

The French election on May 7 was monitored for interference more closely than usual. Yet, hackers targeted a liberal candidate to benefit the far-right candidate in a situation all too familiar after the recent US election. In this case, Emmanuel Macron became the victim of #MacronLeaks, a mass release of […]


Syrian Safe Zones Deal Signed By Russia, Turkey, And Iran Comes Into Force

A deal signed between Russia, Turkey, and Iran, which envisions the establishment of four safe zones in Syria, came into effect at midnight on Friday, May 5th. The agreement calls for a ceasefire of conflict, the instalment of a flight exclusion area, unhindered supply of humanitarian aid, and the return […]


Russia And Homophobia: Chechnya

Alvi Karimov, a spokesperson for the head of the Chechen Republic, is reported to have said, “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in [Chechnya]” on April 2, 2017. The type of people of which Karimov was discussing were individuals with same-sex sexual orientations. Without any […]