Daily Archives: November 29, 2017

Kurdish Secession Ruled Unconstitutional By Iraqi Court

On 25 of September 2017, a referendum was held that indicated that just over 92% of Kurds were in favour of Kurdish secession from Iraq. The Iraqi Court ruled the vote unconstitutional, and stated that no region shall gain independence. Consequently, tensions between the Kurdish region and Iraq’s central government flared […]

Manus Island: Broken Solution To Age-Old Problem

The Australian-run detention center on Manus Island was shut down on October 31, after it was declared illegal by Papua New Guniea court. Its short lifespan is a testament to the complexities of implementing a working policy that effectively deals with refugee and asylum seekers. “Any asylum seeker who arrives in […]

Facing Pressure From China, North Korea Turns To Forced Labor In Russia

The United Nations estimates that more than 50,000 North Koreans are labourers in other countries, mainly in Russia and China. This forced labour program is critical for North Korea, as it pulls in between $1.2 billion and $2.3 billion, which is about 20% of the nation’s estimated military budget. Relations […]

Small Arms Survey Finds UN-Based Peacekeepers Struggling To Secure Arms

UN-backed peacekeepers in the sub-Saharan have lost an army’s worth of weapons and ammunition. The Small Arms Survey’s Peace Operations Data Set indicates over 100 records of incidents of loss between 1992-2017, which is enough to arm a small army. This information, released in a recent report published by the […]