Author: Joel Fraser

Thai Government Counters Youthful Protests By Targeting Social Media

In Thailand, protests led by students have continued to grow throughout the month of August. August 16th saw 10,000 take to the streets of Bangkok, demanding political reform. It was the largest anti-government protest since the military coup in 2014. The wave of discontent continues to place pressure on Prayuth

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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to Johnson, the merger seeks to “integrate all the strands of [the U.K.’s] international effort” by collapsing “outdated and artificial” distinctions

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Protests In Lebanon Continue

The continuation of protests in Lebanon saw hundreds take to the streets for a second night on Friday. In the country’s capital, Beirut, protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Similar scenes unfolded in cities across the country. The tensions behind

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The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis Worsens

On June 2nd, Mark Lowcock, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, addressed a conference aiming to raise $2.4 billion for the increasingly bleak state of affairs in Yemen. He began with a blunt statement: “The situation in Yemen is catastrophic.” He was not exaggerating. The Saudi-led conference barely managed to raise

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Mixed Message Regarding Insurgency In Mozambique

On the 27th of May, the Mozambican government gave a mixed message regarding the status of the terrorist insurgency in the north of the country. The interior minister, Amade Miquidade, reiterated that the situation was “under control”. He also, however, provided worrying information on the strategy pursued by the military

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Asylum Seekers Unjustly Transferred From The U.S. To Guatemala

An agreement between the U.S. and Guatemala allows for non-Guatemalan asylum seekers to be effectively deported to Guatemala without the possibility of lodging asylum claims in the U.S., a report has recently showed. The report was published on May 19th by Human Rights Watch and Refugees International. It shows that the

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Mass Detainment Of Refugee And Undocumented Migrants In Malaysia

On Friday, hundreds of undocumented migrants were rounded up and detained by government authorities in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. This was ostensibly an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 by preventing the movement of migrants to other parts of the country. It has drawn criticism from the UN, human

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ICC Opens Investigation Into War Crimes In Afghanistan

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has overturned a decision made last year which blocked preliminary investigations into potential war crimes committed in Afghanistan. The ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, will therefore now be authorised to conduct research on alleged crimes against humanity in the region, both

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“Peace Transcends Politics”: Trump Releases “Ultimate Plan” For Peace In The Middle East, While Ulterior Motives Abound

Today, on 28 January, Donald Trump released a long-awaited, 80-page “peace plan” for the Middle East, claiming to seek to put an end to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. After holding separate talks in Washington, D.C. with the embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political opponent Benny Gantz, Trump revealed

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