Daily Archives: January 10, 2017

China Confirms Aircraft Carrier Liaoning Drills Near Taiwan

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy official confirmed on December 2nd, China’s only aircraft carrier has, for the first time, conducted drills in the South China Sea with a formation of other warships and several J-15 fighter jets. Taiwan said the carrier and five other accompanying warships had passed 90 […]

Polish Law And Justice Party Withdraws Proposed Media Reform Laws

Poland’s governing Law and Justice party has bowed to popular pressure and withdrawn proposed changes to their media laws. The changes, which have been described by Polish opposition party members as undemocratic and authoritarian, were the subject of popular protests at the end of 2016. Thousands of Polish civilians picketed […]

After Aleppo: Peace Talks An Advantage For Russia While Syrians Continue To Suffer

Russia has begun to withdraw its military forces from conflict areas in Syria, starting with the aircraft carrier groups. Since 2015, Russia was committed to carrying out airstrikes on Syrian opposition groups to aid President Assad and his government. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the airstrikes were preventative measures […]

The Democracy We Forgot To Fight For

‘Dictators do not ask why before they take power, they ask why not’ (An excerpt from Winter is Coming, by Gary Kasparov). Vladimir Putin is a quintessential dictator, complete with nauseating levels of narcissism and an abhorrent indifference to violence and bloodshed. Such qualities make him a greater threat to […]

Jakarta’s Protests Against Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama

Tens of thousands of Muslim protesters gathered in Jakarta to demand that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of the Indonesian capital, be arrested for insulting Islam. The protesters chanting, praying, and carrying banners, congregated at the national monument in Jakarta on Friday, December 2, 2016. Purnama, widely known as […]