Ashley Park


About Ashley Park

Ashley Park is a current sophomore at Rice University in Texas majoring in history and sociology with a minor in pre-law.

Human Rights Activist And Saudi Dissenter Abdullah al-Hamid Dies In Detention

Renowned academic and Saudi human rights activist, Abdullah al-Hamid has reportedly died in Saudi jail. His calls for reforming Saudi Arabia’s monarchy made him one of the most prominent and persistent dissidents, leading to frequent prison terms. A co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association and award recipient […]


COVID-19 And Oil Market Crash Could Spell Different Future In U.S.-Saudi Relations 1

History has shown that big changes in energy markets often mark a big change in geopolitics. In the 20th century, the shift from coal to oil catapulted the Middle East into strategic significance, and a recent boom in shale oil transformed the United States into a net oil exporter. Drops […]


Italy’s Chinese Prostitution Problem

Since World War II, Chinese have migrated to Italy, and in more recent decades, migrated in larger waves. Italy hosts about 300,000 Chinese nationals, the largest diaspora community in the European Union. Many come to Prato, Italy’s textile capital near Florence, since there is a large established Chinese textile community. […]


Greater Food Insecurity Linked With Less Infant Consumption of Breast Milk, Study Shows

In a recent study by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), scientists in Kenya used isotopic techniques to associate greater food insecurity with a lower intake of breast milk. The results of the study were published last month in the Maternal and Child Nutrition journal. The study also found no correlation […]


Iran Denounces Proposed Gulf EuroFleet

On Sunday, Iran denounced the British-led proposed ‘EuroFleet’ as “provocative” and “hostile”. The proposal outlined a plan to have European-led naval ships escort tankers in the Gulf amid soaring tensions over the seizure of ships. More specifically, this proposal is a direct response to Iran’s seizure of a U.K. vessel […]


Trade War Between Japan And South Korea 4

Japan moved to tighten controls on exports of hi-tech materials to South Korea this month, a move that has caught Seoul off guard. These materials are vital to the production of smartphones and other technologies, and South Korean tech giants, such as Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and LG Display, are likely to be […]


Crisis In Australia’s Offshore Detention Centers 1

On June 26 2019, President of the United States Donald Trump tweeted, “These flyers depict Australia’s policy on Illegal Immigration. Much can be learned!” along with pictures of flyers distributed by the Australian government. The flyers had foreboding statements such as “You will not make Australia home”, “You won’t be […]