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Human Rights Watch’s Concerns For Protection Of Civilians In Battle For Raqqa

Human Rights Watch declared grave concerns this week for the rights of detainees, indiscriminate attacks, and the treatment of displaced people by the U.S.-led coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and other local armed groups in the offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) for the city of Raqqa. The Syrian city […]


Concerns In Central Africa Over U.S. Repealing Of “Conflict Minerals Rule”

This week, The Associated Press reported that an increase in violence in central Africa may result from the U.S. decision to stop enforcing the “conflict minerals rule.” The rule requires U.S. companies to declare if they are sourcing minerals from a conflict area in order to ensure that minerals do […]


Human Rights Watch Report Highlights ‘Systematic Failures’ in US Immigration Detention Centres

The United States has established itself as the country with the highest incarceration rate. Its population accounts for 4.4 percent of people on earth, but its prisons hold 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. Since the surge of neoliberalism in the 1980s, the mass incarceration rate has increased exponentially primarily […]


China Continues To Prioritize Regional Peace Over Denuclearization On The Korean Peninsula

North Korea continues its provocative behaviour. This week, North Korea tested ground-to-sea cruise missiles and claimed it a success. The ground-to-sea missile test was the fifth test in under a month, which was presumably in defiance of international pressures, mainly coming from the Trump administration, to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. […]


US Fighter Jet ‘Shoots Down’ An Armed Drone In Syria

An American F-15 fighter jet has brought down a pro-regime drone in Syria after it opened fire on coalition forces. This is according to officials from the coalition. This event marks an escalation of tension in the war-ravished country. Thankfully, no one was hurt in this unfortunate incident which occurred […]


Heat Waves In India Show Growing Costs Of Climate Change

A recent study maps rising temperatures in India and predicts that heat- related deaths will only increase in the future. The recent study highlights the latest issues caused by climate change. The need for effective global climate action is great. But with the U.S. announcing its withdrawal from the Paris […]


In This Together: Humanitarian Assistance in the Age of Populist Politics

Claiming that he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris” and reaffirming his pledge to put “America First,” Donald Trump announced that his administration was pulling out of the Paris accords.  Such is a typical statement in the modern era of populist politics.  As sea levels rise, […]