Daily Archives: August 28, 2018


Two Earthquakes Rock Already Shaken Indonesian Island

The island of Lombok experienced two earthquakes on Sunday, with magnitudes of 6.5 and 6.9. The quakes killed at least 12 people and damaged over 1,800 homes, according to the New York Times. These quakes occurred just two weeks after a different earthquake devastated the island. On August 5 a […]


U.S. Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Further Increases To Military Spending, Threatens Arms Races With Rivals 1

Last week, the United States Congress approved a $716 billion military spending bill for the 2019 fiscal year. The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the Senate floor by 87 votes to 10, with 40 Democrats joining most Republicans. U.S. military spending, which increased by $94 billion […]


Ethnic Violence Southern Ethiopia: Roots, Causes And The Way Forward

UN News online reports that beginning from late April this year, the volatility of pre-existing ethnic tensions were exacerbated by harshness of the nation’s climate and the scarcity of resources. These two factors have resulted in mass displacement of people, and the onset of severe violence. As such, UN News […]


Indonesia’s New ‘Anti-Rights’ Vice Presidential Candidate

As formal nominations for Indonesia’s upcoming presidential elections drew to a close last week, current Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) announced his new vice presidential candidate, Ma’ruf Amin. This nomination surprised many who expected former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, Mohammad Mahfud Mahmodin to be chosen. Jokowi’s decision to […]