Daily Archives: May 27, 2017

Trump’s Dangerous Game: Uncertain Collective Security As NATO Members Told To “Pay Up”

In a combative speech at the opening of NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels, US President Donald Trump told the leaders of NATO’s member states that he expected them to increase their defense spending considerably. Trump’s request echoes earlier suggestions by former Presidents Bush and Obama that NATO members ought to […]

America First, But At What Cost?

“The figures presented would simply make it impossible for the UN to continue all of its essential work advancing peace, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance,” a UN representative commented in response to President Trump’s budget plan for 2018. Currently, the US contributes 25% and 28%, respectively, of the UN’s […]

Taiwan’s Top Court Votes In Favour Of Same-Sex Marriage

On Wednesday, March 24, Taiwan’s highest court ruled that current laws, which stipulate that marriage is solely between a man and a woman, violate the Constitution, and had “no rational basis.” The government was given two years to amend the existing laws or pass new legislation. In a press release, […]

Myanmar’s Latest Peace Talks Will Not Solve The Conflicts

The leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has initiated a new round of peace talks after a flaring up of regional conflict in the country. The talks are the newest round since those in August, last year. Negotiations organized by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for […]

India Calls On Interpol To Help Arrest Controversial Islamic Preacher

The National Investigation Agency has asked for Interpol to issue a red corner notice on the controversial Islamic preacher, Zakir Naik reports The Hindu. The red corner notice would allow for Zakir Naik to be arrested by any agency globally. This has all followed after the Islamic Research Foundation, headed […]

EU Inquiry Into Hungary Human Rights

On May 17, the European Parliament met to discuss the worsening human rights situation in Hungary, an EU member state. This discussion comes after months of rising tensions between Brussels and Budapest due to policies practiced by the Hungarian government that possibly threaten human rights, civil liberties and freedoms, and […]

Continued Doubt And Tensions Surrounding The South China Sea

The South China Sea maritime dispute continues to present nasty surprises despite the lowering of tensions since 2016. The recent Chinese push for its Belt and Road Initiative and the ongoing draft of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea has rekindled some of the old tensions and […]

Smiley-ing Our Way To Peace

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, that phrase needs to be edited to accommodate one of technology’s best gifts to the world of communication: emojis. The word does not exist in the English dictionary; even Microsoft Word gets mad and underlines it in red whenever […]

Trump Goes After The ‘Ultimate Deal’

US President Donald Trump has completed a two-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a trip in which he met both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The visit is part of Trump’s pursuit of what he has dubbed the ‘Ultimate Deal,’ which […]

Columbian Women Play A Central Role In The Peace Process

The recent Colombian peace agreement, which was signed in 2016, brought about the end of a civil conflict which has ravaged the country since the 1960s. The conflict between left-wing guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (NLA) has resulted in […]