Author: Alyssa Pong

Protests At India’s Historic Red Fort Prompts Response From Modi

A tractor parade that went awry on 26 January – India’s Republic Day, marking the 72nd-anniversary of the country adopting its constitution – has prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first public comments on the long-standing protests led by farmers. Over 100,000 farmers across 20 states and 10,000 tractors had reportedly

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Protests Erupt In India Upon Death Of 19-Year-Old Rape Victim

On Tuesday, September 29th, a Dalit woman passed away at a Delhi hospital from serious injuries sustained after she was brutally attacked and gang-raped by four upper-caste men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district. The attack occurred two weeks prior. The woman was allegedly pulled into a field where the men

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Afghan Women To Face Taliban In Talks: What Does This Mean For Peace?

Upon this past week’s release of all remaining Taliban prisoners, it was announced that five Afghan women are preparing to face the hardline group in upcoming September peace talks. Among these women stand high-profile women’s rights campaigner Fawzia Koofi, expert in Islamic law Fatima Gailani, lawyer Shahla Fareed, local politician

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China’s Naming Of Geographical Features In The South China Sea Escalates Territorial Disputes With Vietnam And Malaysia

The month of April has witnessed escalations in the South China Sea territorial dispute between China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This has occurred despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, China has named and effectively claimed 80 geographical features along one of the world’s

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Israel’s Move Towards A Unity Government

On Friday, 27 March 2020, Blue and White leader and recently elected Speaker of the Knesset (parliament), Benny Gantz, appeared to enter unity talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This comes after Gantz was appointed by President Reuven Rivlin as leader of the next government to be established amidst the

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Is The Coronavirus A Pandemic?

Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that countries should be “in a phase of preparedness,” highlighting that it was still too early to call the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Head of WHO’s health emergencies programme, Mike Ryan, added that now is the time to “do everything you

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Russia And Turkey Agree To Observe Peace Deal In Idlib

Amidst renewed airstrikes by Russia-backed Syrian government forces on Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu agreed on Monday, 27th January 2020, that a peace deal over the northwestern province be observed. That same day, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, Deputy

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The Impact of U.S.-Iran Relations On Iraq

The assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC’s) Quds Force, by a U.S. air raid was met by yet another retaliation this Sunday, 22 January 2020, as the U.S. Embassy, located in Baghdad’s Green Zone, became a target for rocket fire. An initial military

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Dozens Of Gravestones Vandalised In Jewish Cemetery In Slovakia

In a Jewish cemetery in Namestovo, Slovakia, at least 59 gravestones and monuments were vandalised on the 16th of December 2019. With 22 gravestones vandalised in the northern Slovakian town of Rajec in mid-December, this is the second such incident to occur within the country. Its perpetrators unknown, local police

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Uganda Police Arrest Bobi Wine, Fire Tear Gas On Supporters

On January 6th 2020, Ugandan singer-turned-presidential hopeful Bobi Wine was arrested alongside two other opposition members of parliament and journalists covering the events in his constituency of Kampala, preventing him from holding his first public meeting with supporters. The authorities were deployed before dawn to the site, inciting protests by

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