Ben Flighty


About Ben Flighty

Ben is a Political Science and Public Policy student at the Victoria University of Wellington

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” […]


Trump-style Diplomacy With North Korea Has Failed – Here’s What Actual Diplomacy Could Achieve

In Donald Trump’s recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step across the North Korean border. This encounter is the third between the two leaders in just over one year, but the increased diplomacy has not seen positive results. During […]