Daily Archives: August 24, 2017

Thousands Flee To Bangladesh After Myanmar Deploys Troops

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar to bordering regions of Bangladesh after the Myanmar military was deployed into the state of Rakhine where they live. The movement began earlier this month after officials announced the military intervention. Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh have stated that at least 3,500 refugees from […]

Rwanda Reconfirms Stability Over Freedom: Understanding The Illiberal Democracy Built By Paul Kagame

On August 4th, 2017, Rwandans headed to the polls to elect a president. The results showed a very much expected 99% in favour of the incumbent President Paul Kagame. Since 2000, Kagame has uninterruptedly ruled the country which he proudly addresses as a democracy. Nonetheless, although Kagame has led Rwanda […]

Hate Never Made USA Great

“If you’re black, if you’re brown, if you’re a queer, if you’re a woman, we know what it’s like to be alone, and today we’re saying you don’t have to walk alone.” These were the words of a counter-protester who was joined by approximately forty thousand others in a march through […]

Ugandan Government Bans Pride Events

The Ugandan government has decided to cancel a week of LGBTQ+ Pride events in the country for the second year in a row. On August 16, the country’s State Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, shut down a Pride gala that was scheduled to take place in Kampala. He […]

Imperilled Iran Nuclear Deal

As the war of words continues to escalate in the Middle East between rival global and regional powers, the simmering tensions between the U.S., its staunchest allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, and Iran, which has grown to be increasingly influential and prestigious as a trustworthy power broker in the Middle […]

Freetown’s Disaster

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a mudslide recently killed up to two hundred people. This is not the first of its kind, with Sierra Leone and close neighbours facing similar issues due to the rainfall in recent months. For instance, Freetown, a city of about 1 million people […]

Lebanon Joins The Ranks: Another Country Repeals Controversial Rape Law After Campaigns

After much campaigning, Lebanon’s Parliament finally abolished a law this Wednesday that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims, Al Jazeera reports. Parliament came to its final decision this week after a vote, six months after the proposal to repeal Article 522 was finally approved by the parliamentary […]

Yemen: Refugees Deliberately Drowned

On the morning of August 9, 2017, 120 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia were forced into the rough Arabian Sea by a human smuggler. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that shortly after the incident occurred, staff found the shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in Yemen’s […]