Daily Archives: April 15, 2017

Indian-Pakistani Relations Sour Over Spy Row

Last week, Pakistani officials announced their intention to execute Kubulshan Jadhav, on charges of espionage. Jadhav, an Indian national, was arrested last March, and according to a statement by the Pakistani armed forces, admitted his intentions to ‘plan, coordinate and organize espionage/sabotage activities aiming to destabilize and wage war against […]

US Missile Attack On Syria Deepens The Rival Interests Of World Powers

Last week, on 7 April 2017, the US launched a cruise missiles attack on Syria’s Shayrat airfield. As the New York Times reported, the missile strike targeted a Syrian airbase, which was allegedly perceived as the place where the chemical attack was launched that left over 86 civilians dead. Despite […]

Turkey’s Referendum: Political Stability Or Descent Into Total State Control?

A referendum scheduled to take place in Turkey on April 16, 2017, is threatening to reconfigure the democratic structure of the nation, which would see the ending of a parliamentary system in favour of an executive presidency. Not only would this inhibit the ability of the Turkish government to keep […]

Otodo Gbame: Poverty Is A Crime

Poverty is a crime and by this, I do not mean it is a crime to be poor. Consider murder. Murder is a crime; however, it is not a crime to be murdered. A man who is in poverty is the same; he is not considered a criminal, so much […]

Homophobic Violence In Chechnya Demands International Action

In a chilling response to reports of extreme levels of homophobic violence against men “with non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such” in Chechnya, Russia. A Chechen government spokesperson, has gone so far as to deny the very existence of gay people in the region: “you cannot arrest or repress […]

Deteriorating US-China Relations And The Battle For The South China Sea

On March 6, 2017, North Korea tested its ballistic missiles, continuing with the expansion of its nuclear program and disregarding the Trump administration’s threat to undertake military action if Pyongyang does not comply with international laws regarding nuclear proliferation. A US naval carrier was recently dispatched to establish a presence in […]

The Plight Of Rohingya Muslims

For the past several decades, political tensions between the Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in the Rakhine state, situated along the western coast of Myanmar, have been broiling. The complexity of the Rakhine issue lies in the fact that despite continuous efforts to establish democratic mechanisms in the country the Rohingyas […]

Overwhelming Generousity In The Pacific

A joint New Zealand Herald and World Vision effort to raise funds for those living in the remote Pacific has raised $216,000 to the Hidden Pacific campaign. The New Zealand Herald journalists Kirsty Johnston and Mike Scott, and World Vision ambassador Clarke Gayford travelled to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands to […]

US-Russian Diplomatic Relations Deteriorate Over Syria

Russian President, Vladimir Putin is reported to have said that the US-Russian relationship has witnessed an erosion of, what he terms, “trust” under the Trump administration. Earlier this week, Putin is said to have met with the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson in a rather unwelcoming visit, despite it […]

“Mother Of All Bombs”

On April 13th 2017, 7:32 local time, the US dropped a 21,600 pound bomb on the eastern Afghan Nangarhar province. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), or nicknamed “mother of all bombs”, is the most potent non-nuclear bomb to ever be used in combat by the US military. […]