Daily Archives: April 28, 2019

Sudan’s Military Promises To Reform Intelligence Services

Just days after Sudan’s infamous authoritarian leader Omar Al-Bashir stepped down, the country is continuing to experience administrative upheavals. After more protests, the ruling military council has announced several concessions. In particular, Shams Eldin Kabashi, a spokesman for the council, vowed on Sunday to restructure the National Intelligence and Security […]

Donald Trump Uses 9/11 Footage In Attack On Muslim Congresswoman

Donald Trump has used footage of the 9/11 attacks to personally attack Muslim congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, on Twitter in his latest act of xenophobia. Trump tweeted a video including a statement made by Omar during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) on 23 March, whereby in reference […]

Taliban Announces Spring Offensive In Afghanistan Despite Peace Talks

On Friday 12 April, the Taliban announced the beginning of the Spring Offensive in Afghanistan called Operation Fath, or “Victory”. In a statement, the group reinforced their “unbreakable Jihadi determination,” and stated that they had “new tactics, public support, influence inside enemy ranks and advanced weapons.” Townships and urban areas […]

Lawyers On Trial In Turkey 1

A report published this week by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details how the Turkish government has been arbitrarily jailing lawyers and putting them on trial ever since the failed military coup d’état in July 2016. The report highlights the extent of the government crackdown on lawyers, and specifically criminal defence […]

Why The U.S. Cares About President Trump’s Tax Returns

Early on Wednesday night, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin informed Congress that his department would not be able to comply with the deadline of the House of Democrats.  This is the latest in the ongoing battle to make Trump’s tax returns public, or at least to allow them to be […]

Trump Invokes Second Veto Of Presidency To Maintain U.S. Involvement In Yemen War

Only last month, U.S President Donald Trump invoked the first veto of his presidency to override an attempt by Congress to prevent the construction of ‘the wall’ across the U.S-Mexico border. This week saw Trump use his second veto, this time to prevent Congress from ending U.S involvement in the […]

Colombia’s Legislature Rejects President’s Changes To Peace Tribunal

On April 8th, Columbia’s House of Representatives rejected President Ivan Duque’s proposed amendments to the law which governs the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal by 110 votes to 44. The vote was expected to fail because the peace accord, as part of the constitution, requires a two thirds supermajority […]

Italy Joining China’s Belt And Road Initiative 1

Italy recently joined President Xi Jinping’s strategy to revive the old silk road through China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This raised international concerns from the U.S. and EU because Italy is the first G7 nation and the biggest EU member to join. Although the BRI allows Rome to improve […]

Sudan’s President Ousted After Protests

For 30 years, the people of Sudan have been “living in terror” under the regime of Omar Al-Bashir. Now, after months of protests, Al-Bashir has been forced to step down. Defence Minister Awan Ibn Ouf made the announcement on the evening of 11 April, stating that the country would be […]

Arrest Made Following Arson Attacks On Three Louisiana Churches

A 21-year old white man, Holden Matthews, has been arrested for setting fire to three Baptist churches in Louisiana with majority African American congregations. The St. Mary, Greater Union, and Mount Pleasant Baptist churches were burned down successively between 26 March and 4 April. No one was injured, but the […]