Day: March 6, 2017

The Syrian Civil War: Missed Opportunities?

The Syrian civil war has lingered since 2011, with the inauguration of President Trump, it is worthwhile examining what effect the new president’s foreign policy will have upon the quagmire in Syria. Whilst on its surface the conflict in Syria is a “civil war”, it has descended into an intricate

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Towards Peace in Colombia: Rebels Begin Surrendering Weapons

Colombia’s left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) have begun surrendering their weapons as part of the landmark peace agreement struck with the Colombian government late last year. After logistical delays in gathering the rebels at 26 specially designated rural disarmament zones, the six-month demobilisation process was set to begin on Wednesday,

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Protests At Thailand’s Dhammakaya Temple Over Fugitive Monk

Police and followers of the Dhammakaya Temple, outside of Bangkok, have clashed as police search for the temple’s former head monk and, now, fugitive Luang Phra Dhammachayo. Dhammachayo is wanted on charges of corruption and money laundering. Monks and the temple’s many thousands of followers have resisted police orders to

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Suicide Bombing Industrialize Martyrdom In Iraq

Last month British Daesh fighter Jamal al-Harith, who used the nom de guerre Abu Zakariya al-Britani, is thought to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq. A statement released by the terrorist organisation details, “the martyrdom-seeking brother…detonated his explosives-laden vehicle on a headquarter of the Rafidhi army and its

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Xenophobic Violence In South Africa

The South African government has called for calm following a wave of xenophobic violence in the country, claiming the unrest is against criminal activity. President Jacob Zuma remarked that many migrants living in South Africa were law abiding and had contributed in a positive way to the economy. He also

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Capital Punishment To Return To The Philippines Soon

President Duterte continues to push for the reintroduction of the death penalty in the Philippines for crimes including rape, murder, and the sale, production or import of narcotics. This is part of a trend of Duterte’s in which he attempts to push through increasingly draconian anti-drug laws, including a bill

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Albanian Police Sue Opposition Leader, Say He Urged Violence

After weeks of protest in Albania, the police have sued Opposition Leader Lulzim Basha for encouraging violence against the government from protesters. Basha reportedly told police “you want a fight? A fight it will be. Puncture the car tires, break the glasses. Time will come to drag (officials) at this

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