Daily Archives: July 28, 2017

The New Approach To Counterinsurgency By The Sahel 5 Countries: What Does It Mean For Regional Peacebuilding?

On 2nd July, a long awaited transnational agreement was announced by the G5 Sahel nations. Backed by French President Emmanuel Macron, the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger announced plans to deploy a multinational military force to combat the increasing insecurities in the Sahel caused by extremist […]

The Closing Of Political Space Ahead Of The Republic Of Congo’s July Elections And The Likely Effects On Human Security

Political space is closing ahead of the elections on the 16th and the 30th of July, and with many opposition leaders in jail, the election results themselves seem set to turn out the incumbent President, Dennis Sassou-Ngeusso, as the winner. According to the CIA World Factbook, the importance of the […]

India-China Tensions Flare In Border Dispute Between China And Bhutan

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted live firing drills in the Himalayas in a stand-off with Indian armed forces. In early July 2017, Indian troops intervened with PLA operations to build a road through the Dolam Plateau in Doklam, an area contested by Bhutan and China. It is estimated […]

A Tribute To Yami Lester: Yankunytjatjara Elder, Order Of Australia, And Nuclear Test Survivor

Indigenous Australian elder and activist Yami Lester died this week at the age of 75. Lester, who died in Alice Springs on Friday, July 21st, 2017 was blinded as a teenager due to the atomic testing at Maralinga in the 1950’s. Nonetheless, Lester went on to become a highly influential […]

Manchester’s New Engels Statue: A Reflection Of Socialism In Modern Britain Or A Relic Of Soviet Totalitarianism?

A statue of the German philosopher and writer, Friedrich Engels, has been erected in Manchester by British artist Phil Collins as part of his ‘Ceremony’ project for the Manchester International Festival. The arrival of the statue has served to raise questions about the state of socialism in contemporary British politics, […]

Will ‘Black Lives Matter’ In Britain Too?

Last Monday, around 150 protesters brought a London high street to a standstill in protest of the death of Rashan Charles. Charles, a 20-year-old father, died after being chased and apprehended by local police in the city. CCTV footage, which has been widely circulated online, allegedly shows Charles entering a […]

N.A.T.O., E.U. Military Drills Playing With Fire In The Baltic

Long before the Trump-Russia scandal or even the Cold War, on the first Monday of every March, June, September, and December at 3 p.m., Sweden’s citizens have awaited the wails of test sirens. The 40-minute drill (popularized in its first year in 1931 as the “Hesa Fredrik” or the hoarse […]

Mass Protests Grip The Streets Of Venezuela

This past Thursday, millions of Venezuelans remained home from work in order to participate in a mass strike intended to show displeasure with the regime of President Nicolás Maduro. Government workers were mandated to come in despite the strike, so government-run facilities still continued to operate. However, the strike affected […]

Muslim Youth Gather In Istanbul To Support Palestine

Members of student unions and youth organisations from 30 countries assembled in the Turkish city of Istanbul to participate in a two-day conference discussing recent and future developments in the Palestinian territories. Organised by the Turkish-based Anatolian Youth Association, National Youth Foundation and Platform for Youth Movement for Jerusalem and […]