Ben Flighty

About Ben Flighty

Ben is a Political Science and Public Policy graduate from Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand Parliament Passes Historic Zero Carbon Bill To Address Climate Change

The Parliament of New Zealand has passed a Bill that will establish a framework for the country to achieve zero net carbon emissions by the year 2050. The purpose of the Bill is primarily to meet New Zealand’s obligations under the Paris Agreement, where all countries who signed agreed to […]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was recently announced the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize. The award, selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, was given to Ahmed for “his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the […]

Why More Government Action Is Needed To Stop Xenophobic Violence In South Africa

The past two weeks have seen a resurgence in xenophobic violence in South Africa. Many have taken to the streets in Pretoria and Johannesburg in order to protest and loot shops which were thought to be owned by foreign nationals. The events have led to at least 12 deaths and […]

More Than Two Dozen Killed In Burkina Faso Attacks As Government Unable To Prevent Regular Violence

At least 29 people are dead after a transport truck and food vans were attacked in two separate incidents in Burkina Faso. In the first incident, a transport truck carrying people and important goods “rode over an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Barsalogho area” killing at least 15 people, […]

Colombian Rebel Group Issue A Call To Arms In Recent Video

Ivan Marquez, former commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) military rebel group, has threatened to restart “a new phase of armed struggle” in a video posted this week. Marquez, who is wanted by the U.S. government for drug trafficking offences, has come out of hiding in an […]

Why International Pressure Is The Only Way To Stop Environmental Damage In The Amazon Rainforest

For the past three weeks, large sections of the Amazon Rainforest have been on fire. According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), there have already been more than 72,000 fires this year – an 84% increase compared with the same period last year. The fires have intensified over […]

Power-Sharing Deal Officially Signed In Sudan, Still A Long Road To Prosperity

After months of uncertainty in Sudan, a landmark power-sharing deal has been formally signed between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Change Alliance (FFC) which seeks to begin the transition to civilian rule in Sudan. The agreement was signed in the capital Khartoum by Mohamed […]

Ugandan Academic Jailed For Online Comments About President Yoweri Museveni

Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a former lecturer and researcher at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for a series of online comments made about the long-serving President Yoweri Museveni. The sentence was handed to Dr. Nyanzi via livestream from Luzira Prison, where she has been […]

U.S. Federal Government To Execute Prisoners For First Time In Nearly Two Decades

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has directed the Federal Bureau for Prisons (BOP) to adopt protocols that will immediately reinstate the ability of the federal government to carry out the death penalty. Consequently, Barr has also directed the BOP to schedule the execution of five death-row inmates who he considered […]

U.S. Pushing To Send All Asylum Seekers Back To Mexico, Sparking Tensions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week that it will be forcing asylum seekers who attempt to cross the U.S. border through Southern Texas to return to Mexico and await ruling from an immigration judge to determine their eligibility for asylum. This plan, dubbed the “Remain in Mexico” […]