Ashlee Gardner

About Ashlee Gardner

Ashlee is a Masters of Public Health Student at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, interested in innovative ways to improve the wellbeing of the world!

Iran Launches Missiles Into Syria: Death to America and the House of Saud

Tensions flare on the Iraq-Syria border as Iran and the United States fight for dominance in the Middle East. The latest attack launched by Iran in the early hours of October is said to be retaliatory. Iran claims to have been aiming at jihadists suspected of attacking the Iranian city […]

The 1,114 Civilian Casualities In The Never-Ending War Against ISIS

On September 27th, 2018, the United States-led coalition against ISIS admitted to killing 1,114 civilians in Iraq and Syria alone. In the four-year period between August 2014 and August 2018, the coalition had conducted more than 30,000 strikes and had reportedly investigated all ‘credible’ civilian casualty reports. However, critics claim […]

Infectious Disease: Conflict’s Silent Killer

Historically, infectious disease have killed more soldiers in war zones than the conflict itself. Whilst this statistic is changing, infectious disease remains the cause of themajority of civilian deaths in modern day war. Prolonged conflict results in damaged infrastructure, unsafe travel routes, closure of medical facilities, and immuno-compromised civilians. These […]

Japan And Russia Still Haven’t Signed Peace Treaty 70 Years After WWII

Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, Russia and Japan still haven’t signed a peace treaty. The warring parties signed a mutual agreement to a ceasefire, but never entered into peace negotiations. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe began discussions several years ago […]

Peace Deals But No Peace: Humanitarian Law Violations In South Sudan

In early August, 2018, President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar began peace talks with a permanent ceasefire and a power sharing arrangement. By the end of the month, two rounds of negotiations had concluded and a finalized peace deal was produced. South Sudanese Foreign Minister, Al-Dierdiry Ahmed, reported that […]

Iran Unveils New Fighter Jet As Tensions With America Increase

Iran released a brand new, domestically built fighter jet to celebrate National Defense Industry Day this year. The jet named ‘Kowsar’ represents the first ‘flyable’ military aircraft built entirely in Iran, using solely Iranian parts and intelligence. This forward move in Iranian defense represents an effort to increase military prowess […]

4 Million Bengalis in Assam to lose Indian citizenship under NRC

The second draft of the Indian National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on Monday 30th July, adding further tension to relationships between government officials and Bengali Muslims living in Assam. The NRC included 29 million (2.9 crore) of the 32.9 million (3.29 crore) applicants in Assam, leaving 4 million […]