Daily Archives: May 11, 2020

High Risk, No Reward

Newsweek wrote on April 29th, “Navy sends second ship into disputed waters after china claims it scrambled jets to expel US destroyer.” The day before, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced the American guided-missile destroyer USS Barry, violated Chinese sovereignty when it cruised by the Chinese controlled Paracel Islands in […]

Iran Threatens “Crushing Response” If Arms Embargo Extended

On May 6, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised a “crushing response” and “serious consequences” if the United States extends the arms embargo on Iranian trade of conventional arms. The statement comes after the United States drafted a United Nations resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo, which was set to be […]

Afghan Migrants Tortured At Iranian Border

Reports have emerged of one of the worst human rights abuses on the Afghan-Iranian border within recent memory. It has been reported that last week, between 45 and 55 migrants were remanded by border guards, tortured, and thrown into the river Harirud, between Afghanistan’s Herat Province and Iran’s Khorasan. Abdul […]

“Systematic Inaction”: First Reported COVID-19 Death In U.S. Immigrant Detention Centre

The United States’ first official COVID-19 death to occur while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody was reported on Wednesday, May 6th. The 57-year-old man from El Salvador contracted the virus in the Otay Mesa Detention Center in California and was hospitalized in late April, according to the San […]

WeChat Uses International Accounts To Advance Censorship In China

Chinese messaging app WeChat monitors international users to strengthen the Chinese censorship system, a new study from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab found.  The app boasts 1.15 billion users around the world. Previously, content surveillance was thought to only affect users registered in China. However, WeChat analyzes international users’ […]

Coronavirus And Domestic Abuse: Why We Must Still Hold Governments To Account

Identified as a “shadow pandemic” by UN Women, domestic abuse has skyrocketed under global lockdown. UN chief António Guterres has urged all governments to increase their response to this epidemic and to prioritize the physical and emotional safety of survivors at all costs. However, with isolation measures facilitating and exacerbating […]