Day: October 21, 2018

Half A Degree Increase In Temperature, A Big Challenge For All

Last Sunday, the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change was held in South Korea. The document that was issued by the panel declared the actions that will be initiated to protect the environment and the survival of species, specifically in relation to the current increase in temperature. Taking steps to prevent

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Kuwait’s Banned Book Count Continues To Rise

The Kuwaiti government has banned 4,390 books in a four year period, in a bid to appease the country’s conservative bloc in parliament. Despite Kuwait’s push to be seen as a modern “enclave of intellectual freedom,” censorship literature is still pushed through the Ministry of Information’s twelve-member censor committee. The government’s censorship

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Malaysian Government To Abolish Death Penalty

The Malaysian government has announced that it will be tabling a bill to abolish the death penalty for all crimes. This will apply to the 1,200 people awaiting executions, set to be hung for crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping, and acts of terror. Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind

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Romania’s Failed Homophobic Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage

A mere 20.41 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Romania’s internationally-watched referendum, falling short of the 30 percent needed to legally change the constitution. Mihai Gheorghiu, president of the pro-referendum, N.G.O. Coalition for Family, declared prior to the vote that they were trying “… to protect, at a constitutional

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Amnesty Offered To Syrian Army Deserters

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made an offer of amnesty for those who have evaded military service or deserted the army amidst the country’s seven year conflict. Published on state social media, the decree applies to those residing both inside and outside the country and is seen as an attempt to

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Satellite Surveillance: A New Perspective On Human Rights Abuses

Historically, human rights abuses, violations, and war crimes have been extremely hard to verify once reported, often due to the remoteness of the incident, a state’s reluctance to cooperate, or conflicting accounts of events. With the introduction of satellite surveillance technology, earth observation has been revolutionized, and this technology may

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Climate Change And The South Pacific

Leaders of the Pacific region met earlier this month during the assembly of the Pacific Islands Forum to discuss issues facing the island nations of the Pacific. While multiple critical issues were addressed, climate change was declared to be the single biggest security threat to the region. The United Nations

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