Daily Archives: December 2, 2018

What Does The Boat Seizure Saga Mean For Relations Between Russia And Ukraine?

On 25 November, two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug were fired upon and seized by Russian vessels, after Russian authorities implicated that the Ukrainian ships had illegally crossed into its waters. The ships were attempting to sail from Odessa to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, but were blocked from […]

UN Launches New Initiative To Save The Aral Sea

On November 27th, UN Secretary General António Guterres announced a new initiative aimed at increasing the sustainability of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan. The UN Human Security Unit, in cooperation with Uzbekistan, Japan, Nigeria and Norway, launched the Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region (MPHSTF). Describing the […]

Tensions Raise Subsequent To Russian Capturing Of Ukraine Ships

The ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia has flared in recent days with a dispute of territorial waters surrounding the Crimean Peninsula. Russian forces captured three Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait — a body of water that lies between the recently acquired Crimea and the Russian mainland. Subsequent prosecutions […]

Science Fiction To Reality: Unethical Experiment Results In The ‘World’s First Genetically Edited Babies’

What was once considered as science fiction is now a reality as Chinese Professor He Jiankui has claimed to have edited the DNA of twin girls, resulting in the world’s first genetically edited babies. Current laws allow scientists to do gene editing on discarded IVF embryos that must be destroyed […]

UN Female Police Officer Of 2018 Winner: Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei

Chief Superintendent Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei of the Ghanaian Police has been named the UN Female Police Officer of the Year 2018, for her peacekeeping efforts as part of the United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). Ms. Osei says that “It is an honour to work for UNSOM, where I […]

Human Rights Concerns For Bahraini Footballer Held In Thailand

Human Rights Watch is one of several rights groups calling for Thailand to refrain from extraditing the Bahraini professional football player Hakeem Ali Mohammed Ali al-Araibi to his home country this week. It is feared that al-Araibi would face torture and wrongful imprisonment if he were to be deported. Hakeem […]