Ben Flighty


About Ben Flighty

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

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 […]


US-Led “Peace To Prosperity” Meeting Has No Substance for Peace

As part of the White House’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan to boost Palestinian investment, a two-day workshop in Bahrain earlier this week has failed to promote co-operative peace talks in the region with Palestinian leadership boycotting the event. According to a White House statement, the meeting was supposed to “facilitate […]


Trump Cuts Financial Aid to Central America Over Migration Issues

The Trump administration has announced that millions of aid dollars planned for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will be reallocated. The move follows Trump’s announcement in March, where he expressed unhappiness over the number of migrants from Central America’s “Northern Triangle” reaching the southern US border, and vowed to cut […]