Day: February 22, 2020

Court Case Deals Chilling Blow To Press Freedom In Australia

Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC, has lost its challenge in the Federal Court, leading to concerns about press freedom in Australia. In June 2019, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided the home of an ABC journalist, due to a 2017 article that relied on and contained information obtained through leaks

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Guterres Calls For ‘Massive International Support’ For Sudan

Last Sunday, at the 33rd African Union summit in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres outlined goals and obstacles for the continent in achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Paramount in those efforts is the Silencing the Guns initiative, the primary

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Georgian Opposition Leader Sentenced To Three More Years In Prison

On February 10th, an opposition politician from the European Georgia Party, Gigi Ugulava, was sentenced to three years and two months in prison by the Supreme Court of Georgia. The Supreme Court found Ugulava guilty for misspending 48 million Georgian Lira (GEL) while serving as the mayor of Tbilis. Georgia

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The Philippines Under Duterte: From Democracy To Dictator

The Philippines is fast approaching a potential crisis. Not an economic crisis or an inevitable military conflict, but a crisis that threatens the democracy and personal liberties of the Filipino people. President Rodrigo Duterte has resolutely held the position of denying the popular news network ABS-CBN the ability to renew

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Ethnic Violence Blows Hole In Kazakhstan’s Narrative Of Tolerance

After a burst of violence in southern Kazakhstan in which a Muslim ethnic minority of Chinese origin was attacked has raised a number of anxieties. Kazakhstan, a country that is public about its pride for being tolerant of people of varying backgrounds, has received a multitude of complaints over the

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Mexico’s Escalation On The War On Drugs

It seems that President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador has already recognized the systemic failure of his ‘ Hugs not Bullets’ campaign that made international headlines and brought condemnation from security experts and Mexico’s deep-pocketed American backers. The question now remains how a government whose most notable international effort

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Dozens Killed In Mali Massacres

At least forty people have been killed in a series of attacks in central Mali, an escalation of the ethnic tensions that have plagued the West African country in recent years. The worst of the violence left thirty-one people dead in the village of Ogossagou, which is largely inhabited by

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The Impact Of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act On Bangladeshis In India

The passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December 2019 by the Indian parliament has resulted in an influx of people-smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border. The CAA grants Indian citizenship to minorities from three neighbouring Muslim-majority countries, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. As a result of the Act, 1.9 million

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Abstaining From Sex: Brazil’s New Campaign To Decrease Adolescent Birth Rate

In early February, the Brazilian Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, led by evangelical pastor Damares Alves, launched the campaign “Adolescence first, pregnancy after.” The campaign aims to decrease the adolescent birth rate by encouraging teenage girls to abstain from sexual intercourse until married. “When you have a relationship

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