Day: June 19, 2020

Johnson Government To Politicise Aid In DfID Merger

The UK government has announced that the Department for International Development will be merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with the expectation that a new department will take their places in September this year. The new department, to be called the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will absorb

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Women’s Experiences In COVID-19 Series- Part Two

Several months into the Coronavirus pandemic, its worldwide effects, whether it be health risks, financial hardship or interpersonal conflict and violence, are acutely felt in communities, families, and by individuals. This article is the second in three that seeks to highlight the different ways in which women have been impacted

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Violence Against Women Under The Spotlight In South Africa

In the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa, this has been a ‘dark and shameful week’ for South Africa. On June 1st, the government relaxed restrictions on COVID-19 lockdown rules. Since then, the horrific murders of numerous women have sent shock waves across the country. A list of more than 400

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Johnson Criticised For Merger Of DFID And Foreign Office

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been widely criticized for his decision, on the 16th of June, to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign Office. According to Johnson, the merger seeks to “integrate all the strands of [the U.K.’s] international effort” by collapsing “outdated and artificial” distinctions

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Relations To Worsen Between North And South Korea

On June 16, North Korea blew up a liaison office and de-facto South Korean embassy that represented the détente between the two countries. North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, who is believed to follow her brother as the leader of North Korea after his death, justified their

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U.S.-China Tensions Flare with Senator’s Comments

On June 7th, U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) accused China of trying to block the development of a Coronavirus vaccine in the West, sparking further controversy between the two nations. According to a BBC article dated June 7th, Scott provided no details to back his claims. China meanwhile, released a

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 Displacement And Civilian Deaths In The Sahel Region

The escalating violence in Africa’s Sahel region is beginning to have widespread consequences. Thousands of civilians, targeted by both terrorist organisations as well as military forces, have been forced to flee from their local communities for safety. The Sahel conflict is quickly becoming one of largest displacement crises in the

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Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish Militant Targets In Northern Iraq

On Sunday, June 14th, warplanes took off from various air bases in Turkey directed at multiple Kurdish targets in various regions of northern Iraq, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Qandil stronghold. The Turkish Defence Ministry said that these actions came in response to an increase in militant attacks on

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