Daily Archives: April 15, 2019

Russia Sends Troops To Venezuela

Two military planes carrying around 100 Russian servicemen arrived in Caracas last week, sparking concerns in Washington that Moscow is bolstering its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Facing growing U.S. criticism, including White House national security adviser John Bolton’s claim that recent Russian action constitutes a “direct threat to […]

Concerns Regarding U.S. Approval Of Nuclear Power Work In Saudi Arabia 1

On the 28th of March, it was widely reported that the U.S. Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, had approved six secret “Part 810” authorizations. These authorizations were granted to companies which are seeking to sell nuclear power technology and advice to Saudi Arabia. The pursuit of nuclear power by the Saudi […]

Displaced Kachin State Victims Trafficked To China For Forced Marriage

A report released last month by Human Rights Watch (HRW) entitled Give us a Baby and We’ll Let You Go: Trafficking of Kachin Brides From Myanmar to China has detailed the harrowing plight of women and girls trafficked from Myanmar’s Kachin State to China to bear children to unmarried men. […]

New Zealand Bans Assault Weapons Following Mosque Massacre

Following the tragic terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch, the New Zealand government has introduced a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. The government will hold an amnesty, followed by a buy-back scheme which could cost the government up to NZ$ 200m. Prime Minister Jacinda […]

Tibetans Leaving India After 60 Years

The Tibetan refugee community in India has sharply declined since 2011 from around 150,000 to 85,000 according to Indian government data. Tibetan authorities say that the Tibetan diaspora now spreads across 40 countries. Quoted Indian officials say the decrease could be linked to the absence of a national refugee policy. […]

‘Arab NATO’ Loses Egyptian Support

On April 10, Reuters reported that Egypt will be withdrawing from talks on the formation of the Middle East Strategic Alliance. This initiative, often referred to as the ‘Arab NATO’, has experienced many setbacks since it was first proposed in 2017. The Egyptian withdrawal, while not yet confirmed, has been […]