Daily Archives: December 23, 2018

Trump Withdraws U.S. Troops Leaving Syrians In the Lurch

On Wednesday 19 December, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his plan to withdraw all 2,000 American troops from Syria over the next 100 days, Al Jazeera reports. Initially, his justification for this sudden decision was the alleged defeat of ISIL. Yet, just 24 hours later, he changed his reasoning, citing […]

Al-Shabaab Bombing In Somalia Shows Increased United States Military Action Not The Solution

A car bombing in Somalia on Saturday has resulted in at least 16 deaths and more than 20 injuries, The Guardian reports. The bombing occurred outside the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, and resulted in the deaths of three members of the Universal TV channel and a prominent journalist. The deputy […]

Update On The Current Situation In West Papua

On Saturday, a report was released from the Saturday Paper alleging that on December 15th a village in the Nduga district was attacked by Indonesian Security Forces utilising white phosphorous chemical weapons. This claim comes after approximately 30 construction workers were shot and killed by separatist rebels during the building of […]

Language Revitalization: Not Only Words

Language is one of the most fundamental means of human expression and arguably shapes human civilisation more than anything else. The role it plays in conveying culture and history is essential, and the study of language itself is also invaluable in helping to understand ourselves. However, with colonisation in previous […]

Mattis Resignation Has Alarming Implications For U.S. Foreign Policy

On the 20th of December, United States secretary of Defence Jim Mattis became the last in a long line of Trump administration officials to resign from their posts. Uniquely, this departure comes with a clear reason — a protest on major policy positions. Mattis stated that the U.S. needs to be […]