Day: March 1, 2021

Blinken Criticizes Russia, Gives Input On Other Diplomatic Affairs

Newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized Russia’s crackdown on protesters supporting jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is known for his arguments against President Vladimir Putin. Reuters reports that over 5,300 people have been detained for demanding the release of Navalny, and the U.S. contemplates an appropriate

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The Gulf of Guinea’s Blue Economy: from Oil through Fish to People.

The Gulf of Guinea embraces the most economically dynamic and populous countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as evidenced by their average 3% annual GDP growth. While hydrocarbon resources contribute account for the main share of national revenues in Nigeria and Angola, the impact of oil extraction on GDP has been steadily

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EU To Sanction Four Russian Officials Over Navalny Conflict

European Union foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions on four Russian officials on February 22nd, 2021, and the motion is to be formally ratified in early March. The agreement to sanction senior members of President Vladimir Putin’s staff comes as a predominantly symbolic response to the arrest of Russian opposition

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China Pulls BBC World News Off The Air

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, 11th February that the country’s broadcasting regulator would not be renewing the BBC’s license to broadcast its flagship World News programme, due to a “serious content violation.” Through an announcement on its website, the NRTA (China’s National Radio and Television Administration) said

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East DRC Faces An Uprise In Violence Caused By The ADF

As of February 24th, two attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo left 13 people dead. The attacks were carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a radical Islamic terrorist group based in the Beni region of the DRC. The first attack consisted of 11 civilian casualties late Tuesday

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Australian Journalist Arrested By Chinese Authorities On Espionage Charge

Chinese authorities have formally arrested an Australian journalist who was working with China’s state broadcaster CGTN on the charge of “illegally supplying state secrets overseas.” The move is the latest of such in the increasing tensions between China and Australia. In a statement, Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said that

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The Last Family On Christmas Island Spared Deportation

The Australian Federal Government has lost its appeal on a 2019 decision from Justice Mark Moshinsky that ruled that Tharnicca Tamil, the youngest child of the Tamil family (the last family on Christmas Island) had been denied procedural fairness by the Federal Government. The denial of procedural fairness stems from

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Myanmar Military Seize Power From Aung San Suu Kyi

On February 1, the Myanmar military seized power from Aung San Suu Kyi after her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won the general election. The military is currently in power and has declared a one-year state of emergency. The Myanmar military had claimed that the election was fraudulent, calling

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International Criminal Court Claims Jurisdiction Over Palestinian Territories

On Friday, February 5th, the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided that its jurisdiction rightfully extends to Palestinian territories. This landmark ruling is significant given that Palestine is not internationally recognized as an official state, even by the United Nations where it holds non-member observer status. The response to the ICC’s

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Myanmar’s Coup Takes Nation Back to the Past

In the early hours of 1 February, Myanmar’s military assumed control of the country in a coup. China “noted” this coup and hoped that all sides could properly manage their differences under the constitution and uphold stability. Monday was supposed to be a step towards democracy in Myanmar as Parliament

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