Author: Angie Sun

First Terrorist Attack: New Zealand’s Darkest Day

The 15th of March 2019 is now marked as one of the darkest day for New Zealanders, as they experienced their first ever racially-charged terrorist attack. The gunman open fired inside Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, killing 41 people, along with another 7 being murdered at a second

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China’s Military Budget For 2019

China sees this further budget increase as “reasonable” and “appropriate” when it comes to protecting its national security and sovereignty. Zhang Yesui, the spokesman for this legislation, stated that should not be seen as a threat to other states, declaring that “whether a country poses a military threat to other

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Pulwama Attack: The Suicide Bombing In Kashmir

On Thursday 14 February, 40 Indian Security Forces were killed when a car full of explosives rammed into their vehicle, the deadliest attack in Kashmir since 1989. Casualties are expected to rise, with many victims in critical condition. The incident happened in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir. According to

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Peace Through Coercion: China’s Social Credit System

A country with 1.4 billion people, China has one vital defect – its people are unable to trust each other. According to sociologist Zhang Lifan, this is a result of the Cultural Revolution, a period of Chinese history where family and friends would report each other to the authorities for

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Potential Peace In Afghanistan As The US And Taliban Meet

This week representatives from the Taliban and the U.S. have met for 6 days in Qatar to discuss an 18 month strategy for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Although agreements have not been finalised, U.S. representative Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted that the talks have been “more productive than they have been

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Food Aid Theft Pushes Yemen Closer To Famine

Last Friday, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) threatened to withhold more food aid to Yemen after discovering incidents of corruption. Much of the aid that the WFP provided did not reach the hungry Yemeni people, but was instead diverted to front line soldiers or sold on the black

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Yemen’s Ceasefire Ends In Minutes

This Tuesday at midnight a ceasefire was meant to come into effect between Saudi-led pro-government forces and Houthi rebels in Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah. Unfortunately, the agreement only lasted a few minutes as sporadic fighting started throughout the city. The ceasefire agreement was made last Thursday at United Nations-sponsored

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Police Storm Papua New Guinea Parliament over APEC

Hundreds of police officers have stormed the parliament building in Papua New Guinea. After hosting the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this year, the police officers and security services were outraged when they discovered they were not going to be paid for their work at this major international event.

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Australia And China Battle For The Pacific

On November 7th  2018, Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced a new foreign policy plan that sets the South Pacific Region at the center of its focus. A grand total of $2 billion dollars (AUD) has been offered in both aid and loans to Pacific Nations such as the Marshall Islands,

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Sports Diplomacy Promises Peace On The Korean Peninsula

Three North Korean under-15 football teams arrived in South Korea to attend the Ari Sports Tournament, with the first game held in Gangwon-do Province on October 29. Around 10,000 spectators were present and many waved the white and blue Korean Unification Flag, indicating the significance of this tournament. The competition

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