Daily Archives: April 27, 2018


Worldwide Threats To Press Freedom On The Rise

The newly released 2018 World Press Freedom Index shows increased global pressure on the media and hostility towards journalists. The annual report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects the state of journalism internationally. According to the index, journalists face more hatred and violence than last year and not only in […]


Is Voluntary Pledge Enough? 42 UK Companies Sign Pledge To Reduce Use Of Plastic

UK supermarkets and food companies have launched a voluntary pledge to reduce plastic packaging. Already, about 42 businesses, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose, have signed up to support the UK Plastics Pact—an industry-wide initiative launched by sustainability body WRAP, which aims to transform packaging, reduce avoidable plastic […]


Trump And Syria: A Fragile House Of Cards

In response to alleged gas attacks against civilians in Syria, U.S President Donald Trump, alongside the UK and France has made a decision to initiate tactical strikes against the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Furthermore, he has proposed that further strikes are plausible if the regime does not stop oppressing and violently […]


The Third Revolution In Warfare: Autonomous Weapons & Modern Conflict

The prospect of fully autonomous weapons systems (AWS), or ‘killer robots’ in armed conflict has once again captured the attention of scientists, organizations, and policy-makers this month, spurring renewed international discussion. Early this month, artificial intelligence (AI) experts from 30 countries announced a boycott of the South Korean university, Korea […]


Lebanese Municipalities Evict Refugees

Over the past two years, United Nations officials have identified 3,664 evictions of Syrian refugees from their homes in Lebanon by local municipalities. As well, there have been over 10,000 evictions for failure to pay rent and other landlord disputes. According to Human Rights Watch, an additional 42,000 refugees are […]


Former South Sudanese Army Commander Forms New Splinter Group, Fragmenting Opposition Further

On Monday, April 9th, Paul Malong Awan, until recently the most senior military official in South Sudan, published a document announcing the formation of a new opposition group – the South Sudan United Front (SSUF). Since May 2017, when Malong was sacked from his position as Chief of General Staff of […]


Alabama Welcomes The National Memorial For Peace And Justice

On 26 April 2018, America opened the doors to a new museum. It won’t display dinosaur bones, nor ancient treasures, but rather it will memorialise the victims of white supremacy. In America, white supremacy remains pervasive in contemporary society and this museum has the opportunity to open up new discussions […]


Small German Town Simultaneously Hosts Peaceful Festival, Anti-Fascist Concert, and Neo-Nazi Hitler Birthday Celebrations

Ostritz, a sleepy German town on the Polish border with a population lower than 2500, transformed into a tense and heavily policed platform for political expression over the weekend when it played host to three very different events. The right-wing, ultranationalist National Democratic Party of Germany, organized a two-day festival […]