Daily Archives: December 9, 2018


A Different Strategy For Palestine And Israel: Track II Diplomacy

The Israel and Palestinian Conflict is seemingly intractable, affecting huge numbers of people for many years. In 2017 alone, over 500 people were injured as a result of this conflict. The tension continues to grow, particularly in the Gaza Strip, a region in Israel that is predominantly ruled by Hamas. […]


Aquarius, The Last Mediterranean Refugee Rescue Ship, Ends Operations Amid Pressure From EU States

Rescue and relief organizations SOS Méditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have recently announced that they are ending the Aquarius refugee rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea. This decision followed the two-month halt to operations that Aquarius has endured following the revocation of its registration. 24 people associated with Aquarius have been […]


Thailand’s Election Date Confirmed Amid Concerns Over Fairness Of Democratic Process

This week the Thai government met with political opponents to confirm February 24th, 2019 as the date of its first democratic election since it seized power in the 2014 coup. With the confirmation of an election date following five previous missed deadlines, concerns are now turning to the fairness of […]


Human Rights Watch Warns Against Ethiopia’s Hate Speech Law

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has joined the list of experts cautioning the Ethiopian government’s move to criminalize hate speech. Despite offering encouragement for the leadership’s willingness to tackle this issue, the HRW has warned that “laws criminalizing hate speech have been often and easily abused,” and suggested that alternative […]


Mattis Accuses Russia Of Interfering In U.S. Mid-Term Elections 2018

The recent U.S. mid-term elections saw attempts of the Russian government to interfere and tamper with the election process. On December 2nd, 2018, U.S. Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, alleged that Russia “tried to muck around” in the mid-terms, confirming what senior intelligence and law enforcement officials had been forecasting earlier this […]


French Police Use Tear Gas As Protests Escalate

During the latest round of rallies, police have utilized tear gas against protesters throughout Central France. As many as 125,000 demonstrators, belonging to the “Yellow Vest” movement, came out to march across the country, with 10,000 taking to the streets of Paris. In response, notable landmarks such as the Eiffel […]


UN Security Council Focus On The Impacts Of War And Armed-Conflict On Persons With Disabilities

Despite one billion people worldwide having a disability, persons with disabilities are among the most forgotten and marginalized groups in any crisis or any armed conflict. On 3 December 2018, The United Nations Security Council Open Arria Formula Meeting addressed the alarming situation of persons with disabilities who live in war-stricken countries. […]