Daily Archives: December 16, 2018

British Backpacker’s Death: Call For Change To Violence In New Zealand

The past few weeks have been filled with mourning in New Zealand after the death of a British backpacker, Grace Millane, who went missing on the 1st of December, just before her 22nd birthday in Auckland city. After failure to keep in touch with her family and to reply to […]

Freedom Of Press Stifled In Nicaragua Under Ortega Dictatorship

The independent press in Nicaragua continues to be assaulted by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and his family. Following anti-government protests which broke out in April, the government initially tried to control coverage through pressure placed upon media bosses to self-censor. However, in recent months, the assault on press freedoms […]

Ceasefire Declared In Yemeni Conflict 1

After four gruelling years of war, conflict, and scarcity, a ceasefire deal finally brings hope to the people of Yemen. This ceasefire deal, now known as the Stockholm Agreement, comes at a time of increased pressure from the international community to put a stop to the brutalities of war, aimed […]

Thailand Prepares Unlawful Extradition Of Australian-Based Refugee

Hakeem al-Araibi, an Australian-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player, remains detained in Thailand following his arrest three weeks ago, Al Jazeera reports. His arrest followed a Red Notice (an Interpol alert to find and temporarily detain an individual awaiting extradition), issued by Bahrain. The notice was then withdrawn, as notices […]

New Australian Decryption Laws: How Will They Affect Privacy And The Fight Against Terrorism And Organised Crime?

On December 6, new decryption laws were passed in the Australian parliament granting unprecedented power to law enforcement and intelligence agencies and their investigative capabilities. Previously held back by proposed Labor amendments, the opposition was dropped with the bill passing the Senate by 44 votes to 12 late on Thursday, […]

Women Awarded Nobel Prizes In Both Physics And Chemistry

2018 has been a ground-breaking year for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with female scientists winning the Nobel Prize in both Chemistry and Physics. Dr Donna Strickland won the Nobel Prize in Physics, and Dr Frances H. Arnold won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, marking the first […]

Outcry Over Imprisonment Of Three Anti-War Activists In Myanmar

Thousands of Burmese this week protested the plight of three anti-war activists who were jailed for six months for allegedly defaming the military. The protests marked a rare show of public anger directed towards the increasingly oppressive government, which is led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. […]

Ireland To Repeal Abortion Ban In The New Year

After a long and arduous process, the Irish Parliament’s upper house has voted to repeal the country’s ban on abortion. The landmark decision will allow all women unrestricted access to abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In cases of fatal fetal abnormalities and serious risks to a woman’s life, […]