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Humanitarian Crisis In Eastern Ghouta

Following the UN Security Council’s unanimous decision on February 24th to implement a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, so as to bring in much needed humanitarian aid, air strikes have continued to plague rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, killing 600 civilians and forcing many to flee. The 30-day ceasefire comes in the form […]

Mass Shootings And Terrorism, Mental Health And Video Games

Last week, the Conservative Norwegian government passed legislation that will effectively ban semi-automatic weapons in the country beginning in 2021. It is the political result of a public inquiry that was commissioned following the attacks perpetrated by right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik on July 22, 2011. Breivik killed 69 people in […]

A Case Study In The U.S. Security State: Muslim Surveillance By The NYPD

They were called “mosque crawlers,” “rakers,” and “informants.” They infiltrated Muslim student groups, eavesdropped on conversations in public spaces, and tracked individuals in intricate databases. The plainclothes officers behind these covert actions were part of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) discriminatory Muslim surveillance program, intensified after the September 11th, […]

Coalition Of Human Rights Groups Calls For Reduction In U.S. Aid To Egypt

Amid Egypt’s ongoing criticisms from human rights groups, a coalition of non-profit organizations called on the U.S. government recently to continue limiting its funding to the Egyptian military. Ten organizations, focused primarily on human rights and LGBTQ issues, signed a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to uphold […]

State Of The Nation: Russia’s Plans To Update Nuclear Arsenal

During last week’s State of the Nation speech, President Vladimir Putin unveiled the latest addition to Russia’s nuclear arsenal. A video-projection showing off new weapons was displayed behind the Russian leader, revealing the updated armaments. The simulated footage detailed the capabilities of these weapons, chief among them being a newly […]

North Korea Threatens The U.S. With Counterattack

After accusing the U.S. of bringing “dark clouds of war” through “the largest-ever” sanctions during the Olympic Games, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has threatened to “counter” the plans for joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S. In response, the joint military exercise has already been […]

Could An American’s Offer To Trump Create More Tension In The Middle East?

Early in the week, Sheldon Adelson, an avid American supporter of Israel, offered to fund the construction of a US Embassy in Jerusalem, in response to Trump’s earlier announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Middle Eastern country. The State Department released a statement indicating that they were […]

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution Citing Iran Arms Embargo Violation

On Monday, February 26, Russia vetoed a United Nations (UN) resolution citing Iran for an arms embargo violation. The British-drafted resolution was based on a UN report that targeted Iran for funnelling weapons and missiles into war-torn Yemen. The draft exposed Iran’s violation of a 2015 arms embargo on Yemen, […]