Author: Brynne Thomas

Closed Minds And Closed Borders: Border Conflict In The Caribbean

Dominican Republican President Luis Abinader recently announced plans to construct a barrier along its Haitian border. According to the President, this 380 km fence will help curb illegal immigration, drug trade, and other criminal activities. Although the exact timeline and budget are unknown, President Abinader told Congress that he hopes

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Mounting Fear In Taiwan

Following reports of a large incursion by Chinese warplanes and fighter jets, Taiwan believes China to be embarking on a show of force and intimidation. Taiwan’s defence ministry claims that eight Chinese bomber planes, capable of nuclear activity, four fighter jets, and one anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan’s self-declared air defence

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Chinese Corporate Giants Caught Up In Racial Discrimination

Chinese e-commerce corporate giants, Alibaba and Huawei, are making headlines for their link to racially discriminatory practices. Following reports from United States-based video surveillance group IPVM claiming that new facial recognition technology can be used for identifying Uyghur minorities, both companies were forced to hastily respond to the charge. Soon

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15 Children Killed In Afghanistan

A bomb strapped to a rickshaw detonated on Friday 18 December 2020, in the eastern province of Ghazni. The blast killed 15 children and injured another 20 people. The reason for the explosion is still unknown, with two converging accounts of the event emerging. One story, popularized by a spokesperson

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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s Assassination: Iranian Retaliation?

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading Nuclear physicist, was murdered on Friday, November 27th, on the way to his in-laws’ house in Absard, Iran. Iran held a large funeral that most senior officials attended, including Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Revolutionary Guards commander Gen Hossein Salami. Iran

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Child Shot By Israeli Soldiers

A 13-year-old Palestinian, named Ali Abu Alia, died on Friday, December 4th, after being critically injured by Israeli troops in Almugayer, a village just northeast of Ramallah. The deadly incident occurred when Israeli soldiers came upon a group in the West Bank who began throwing stones. The Israeli soldiers responded,

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Brazil Supermarket Murder: Black Lives Matter

On Thursday, November 19th, Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas was beaten to death by two white security guards at a grocery store in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Camera footage depicts Joao being repeatedly punched in the face while being restrained by another guard. It is thought that another person was present and filming the

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Two Injured In Saudi Remembrance Day Blast

A Greek consulate worker and a Saudi security guard were wounded when an explosive detonated during a remembrance event in Jedda, Saudi Arabia on November 11 2020. The ceremony occurs annually in a non-Muslim cemetery and is attended by a diverse group of foreign diplomats and staffers. This year was

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United Arab Emirates: Progressive Overhaul?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently (November 7) announced what appears to be a significant overhaul of Islamic Personal Laws. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the new package of reforms, all of which are effective immediately, are receiving considerable international praise. The reforms cover significant legal ground, from

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Violence Against Women Protesters Met With Police Gunfire

Police fired shots to break up a protest this weekend, directly injuring two women and harming others through the resulting chaos. The decision to fire at a protest against the violence of women (VAW) has, naturally, generated considerable outrage. The police fired air shots when the female activists attempted to

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Protesters Call For State Of Emergency In Namibia

Protesters campaigning against sexual and gender-based violence are once again making headlines in Namibia. The protesters have flooded business districts on several occasions, even shutting down the capital city of Windhoek earlier in October. The response has not always been peaceful, as many young demonstrators found themselves facing rubber bullets

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Belarus Protesters At Risk

Belarus police detained 713 people during mass protests on Sunday against the re-election of the country’s authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko. Of those apprehended, 570 remain in custody. These startling figures make Sunday the most severe response to demonstrations since August. The protests spanned several Belarusian cities, but the largest crowds

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Car Bomb Kills 19 Civilians In Syria

An explosive-laden truck detonated in Syria on Tuesday, killing at least 19 civilians and wounding more than 80 others. The explosion occurred near a bus station in al-Bab, about 40 kilometres east of Aleppo, Syria’s second-largest city. Images and videos shared on social media depict large plumes of smoke and extensive

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Five Civilians Killed In Baghdad Rocket Attack

In Baghdad, five Iraqi civilians were killed and two others were severely wounded after a Katyusha rocket struck a residence on Monday, September 28th, destroying the family home upon impact. The rocket appears to have been launched from the al-Jihad neighbourhood of Baghdad and thought to have originally targeted the

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