Daily Archives: October 4, 2017


Hundreds Injured As Police Disrupt Catalan Independence Referendum

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, disagreements over the Catalan independence referendum resulted in clashes that caused hundreds of injuries in Catalonia, the northeast region of Spain.  Police from the national Spanish government in Madrid arrived in the region to prevent the official vote on Catalan independence from occurring, inciting violence […]


As Lebanon Situation Stabilizes, Sunni Scholar Sentenced To Death

Ahmed al-Assir, a Lebanese Sunni scholar, was sentenced to death last week for his role in the Battle of Sidon. In 2013, the two-day conflict between followers of the hard-line preacher and the Lebanese Army led to the deaths of nearly fifty people. Though capital punishment is legal in Lebanon, […]


Cholera Epidemic Rages In War-Torn Yemen

Currently, in the midst of a bloody civil war, Yemen is facing what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls the “world’s worst cholera outbreak.” The WHO predicted up to 300,000 people would be infected by August of this year. That number is expected to increase to an estimated one million cases […]


Violent Protests Erupt As Support For Catalan Independence Movement Grows

Approximately 850 people have been injured across Catalonia due to police clashing with protesters over a referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain this Sunday. According to the Catalonia government, about 90 percent of the 2.25 million voters supported the region’s independence from Spain, despite the Spanish government ruling the referendum […]


Economic Hardship Sparks Protests In Zimbabwe

Protests in the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare, have been increasing in size and frequency over the last two years. In fact, the reaction from the government headed by Robert Mugabe has been to pressure the police to use brutal tactics to subvert dissent. The most recent protest occurred on 29 […]


Pressure Increasing On The Kurdish Regional Government

Pressure is being placed on the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) as Baghdad imposes an international flight embargo, Ankara threatens restrictions on oil trading, and Iraq, Iran, and Turkey hold border military drills following Monday’s Kurdish independence referendum. Electoral officials on Wednesday told a news conference in Erbil, the capital of […]


Yemen Conflict: UN Agrees To Send War Crimes Investigators

On this Friday, in a last-minute compromise between Western powers and Arab countries, the UN has agreed to establish an investigation team to examine alleged human rights violations and war crimes committed amid the conflict in Yemen. The team, consisting of eminent experts, will also identify those who are responsible. […]


The Ongoing US-North Korea Spat: Trump’s “Suicide Mission”

In another episode of what CNN dubs the “ongoing war of words between the United States and North Korea,” North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho verbally attacked the U.S. President Trump. In fact, Ri emphasized that Trump was on a “suicide mission,” stating that his attacks on North Korea’s […]