Christian Bell

Autocracy In Turkey: The Lesser Of Two Evils?

Seventeen journalists from Cumhuriyet, the last independent newspaper in Turkey, have been put on trial in Istanbul and have been accused of aiding and abetting terrorist organizations by the government. This trial follows a long period of government superstition after the attempted coup in 2016, with more than 50,000 people […]

The New President Of India: Hope For The Unscheduled Castes?

Ram Nath Kovind, a member of India’s poorest and most persecuted caste is expected to win the presidential election on the 20th of July. If he succeeds, he will become the second ever president from a scheduled caste and would offer renewed hope to Dalits (people from scheduled castes) throughout […]

The Laptop Ban On Flights: A New Tool Of Division

In March 2017 both the U.S. and the U.K. instituted a ban on large electronic devices being taken onto flights as hand luggage on flights coming from a variety of Muslim countries. Whilst phones are still permitted on these flights, larger items, such as Kindles, tablets, and laptops are prohibited […]

The G5 Sahel: A New Means Of Stabilizing Mali

On the 25th of June, Idriss Deby, the president of Chad warned Western nations that if they did not offer more financial assistance, Chad may be forced to withdraw some of its troops from the fight against Islamist militants in the Sahel region. Chad is one of the principle allies […]

Tensions Rise On The Eritrea-Djibouti Border Following The Withdrawal Of Qatari Peacekeepers

On June 14, 2017, Qatar withdrew a force of 200 peacekeepers from the Eritrea-Djibouti border. This move came just after both east African countries announced their decision to side with Saudi Arabia and her allies in their conflict with Qatar. Djibouti announced that it was acting in “solidarity with the […]

The U.N. In The Democratic Republic Of Congo: A More Positive Approach Is Necessary

An international investigation has been conducted by the U.N. Human Rights Chief to work on crimes committed in the Greater Kasai region, where at least 42 mass graves have been found. The Congolese government have agreed to work alongside the U.N. but it wanted to maintain control over the investigation. […]