Daily Archives: January 24, 2018

Refugee And Immigration Policy In Macron’s France

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech in Calais in one of France’s most notorious refugee camps. The camp has the derogatory name “The Jungle,” and while it is far from being the largest refugee encampment in the country – let alone Europe – Macron’s speech marks an […]

Oil Spill Off China’s Coast Sparking Fears Of A Potential Environmental Disaster

An oil spill off the coast of China has steadily been growing since 6 January 2018, and has now reportedly grown to be the size of Paris. This is sparking fears of a potential environmental disaster, due to the possible effects of the spill on both birdlife and marine life […]

Qatar – UN Report Proof That Saudi-Led Blockade Illegal

An Al Jazeera news report quoted Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, the head of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), as calling the blockade of its country by neigbouring states an act of “economic warfare.” A new United Nations (UN) report on the blockade’s effects has demonstrated as well that the […]

Terrorist Shooting At Hotel In Kabul

Yesterday in Kabul, five gunmen wearing army uniforms burst into the Intercontinental Hotel and attacked guests in the building.  Witnesses who survived the terrorist attack described “guests being sprayed with bullets as they ran” amidst parts of the hotel engulfed in flames.  Survivors also commented on how the hotel security […]

Thousands Displaced In Land Dispute In Chiapas, Mexico

Since late October 2017, a territorial conflict over lands in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has escalated rapidly, resulting in the forced displacement of more than 5,000 inhabitants of Chalchihuitan, according to Human Rights Watch. The conflict centres around a territorial dispute between the neighbouring Tzotzil communities of Chalchihuitan […]

New Tariffs On Solar Panels

The Trump administration has recently signed tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines in an effort to promote American businesses. For washing machines, the administration approved a 20 percent tariff on the first 1.2 million washing machines sold and then a 50 percent tariff on all washing machines sold […]

Backlash Continues To Build After Trump’s Comments

The United States is now receiving backlash in response to the alleged remarks made by President Trump which referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and other African nations as “shithole countries.” According to a report by CNN, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) stated that they were […]

Kabul Hotel Siege Ends After Violent 14-Hour Streak

A 14-hour standoff in Kabul, Afghanistan serves as an unfriendly reminder that the Taliban still poses a real, substantial threat to the Middle East. At the Intercontinental Hotel, six gunmen stormed the building and held its guests captive. According to the Interior Ministry, 153 people, including 41 foreigners, were rescued […]

Turkey Ground Forces Enter Syria’s Afrin District

On the 21st of January, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made a press release stating that the Turkish armed forces had crossed into the Syrian district of Afrin located in the Aleppo Governorate of northwestern Syria. At the time of writing, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that the units included […]