Daily Archives: July 29, 2017

The Battle For Mosul: Devastating Consequences To The City And Citizens

The battle for Mosul began in October 2016, with the goal of retaking the second largest city in Iraq from the Islamic State (IS). This huge military operation was a great success for the Iraqi government: on the 10th of July 2017, the nation’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced […]

UN Middle East Envoy Says Jerusalem Holy Site Tensions Must Ease By Friday

On Monday, July 24th, the United Nations Middle East Envoy Nikolay Mladenov stated that the tensions at a Jerusalem holy site, the Al-Aqsa mosque, must ease by Friday. This statement followed a closed door UN Security Council meeting to discuss the rising crisis between Israel and Palestine surrounding the site. […]

Indonesian Environment Minister Seeks To Extend Ban On Licences For Forest Use

Reuters reports that Indonesia’s Environment Minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, would like to make the current moratorium on issuing new licences to use land designated as peatland or primary forest permanent. Reuters states that the moratorium was created in 2011 and covered 66 million hectares by November 2016. President Joko Widodo […]

New Survey Shows Muslims In The United States Do Not Feel Safe

A new report released Wednesday July 26 by PEW Research Center shows that many Muslims feel targeted in the United States. The research was conducted from January 23 to May 2 over phone and included 1,001 respondents, all Muslim American adults. 75% of the respondents believe Muslims are discriminated against […]

Colombian Government And ELN Propose Ceasefire Amidst Peace Talks In Ecuador

On Tuesday, July 25th, National Liberation Army (ELN) leaders met with the Colombian government in Ecuador to negotiate an end to the war with Colombia’s last-standing rebel group by proposing a three-month bilateral ceasefire. The bilateral ceasefire was agreed upon by both parties with the condition from Colombia’s President Juan […]

President Trump Announces Ban Of Transgender People In The U.S Armed Forces

President Donald Trump stated on Wednesday in a tweet that the United States would be banning transgender individuals from serving in the nation’s armed forces. In a series of tweets President Trump stated the following: “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States […]

Autocracy In Turkey: The Lesser Of Two Evils?

Seventeen journalists from Cumhuriyet, the last independent newspaper in Turkey, have been put on trial in Istanbul and have been accused of aiding and abetting terrorist organizations by the government. This trial follows a long period of government superstition after the attempted coup in 2016, with more than 50,000 people […]

Somali Women Facing Sexual Predation

Women in Somalia are facing the risk of rape as the number of reported cases of sexual violence has increased in the areas hardest hit by the drought in Somalia. This is an additional challenge being faced by women in Somalia, alongside the starvation effecting over one third of the […]

On The ‘Victory’ In Mosul

On the 6th of July, after nearly nine months of fighting, Haider-al-Abadi has announced a victory over ISIS in the city of Mosul.  The victory has been long sought after, as the city was seized by ISIS in 2014 and Abu Bakr al-Baghadi had proclaimed it as their caliphate ever […]

Chaos Caused By The French Franc In French West And Central Africa

For over a decade now, in the French African territories known as the ‘Franc Zone,’ where the CFA franc is being used as a medium of exchange, there are persistent issues surrounding the abolishing and continual usage of the CFA franc that was brought to these countries by the French […]