Colin Tait

Palestinian Village Khan al-Ahmar Destroyed for Illegal Israeli Settlement

The Israeli High Court has permitted the destruction of the Palestinian village Khan al-Ahmar. Palestinians and rights group have condemned this decision that will bulldoze the homes of 180 people, including a school that educates many children in the surrounding area of the occupied West Bank. Settlers have slowly been […]

Peaceful Protesters Arrested in Iran

According to the Human Rights Watch, more than 50 peaceful activists have been detained in a series of protests starting in early August this year. Iran has historically handled peaceful protests poorly, with this year alone since January roughly 30 demonstrators have been killed by authorities. Reports from families claim […]

Renewed Intense Fighting Throughout Libya

On August 27, intense clashes between rival armed groups in Libya were renewed following a surprise attack from one armed group, the Seventh Brigade, launched against their rivals. According to Al Jazeera, after roughly a week of fighting 39 Libyan’s were killed, including 18 civilians, with hundreds more wounded. The […]

UN Investigation of the Rohingya Crisis

The United Nations called on Myanmar officials to face genocide charges for heinous actions taken against the Rohingya people for the first time. According to Al Jazeera, a UN investigation uncovered that since August 2017, the armed forces of Myanmar forced roughly 700,000 Rohingya to flee the country breaking international […]

Pope Francis Changes Catechism To Oppose Capital Punishment

From the Vatican City, Pope Francis has declared that the death penalty is inadmissible and contradicts the teachings of the gospel. This declaration follows an international trend of banning the death penalty. According to Al Jazeera, at the end of 2017 there were 106 countries where the death penalty was […]

Torture In Iraq Ignored By Judges

According to the Human Rights Watch, judges in Iraq have been routinely dismissing allegations of torture and convict terrorism suspects on confessions that are supposedly coerced. As thousands of alleged ISIS members have been arrested, concerns for torture have risen in Iraq as trials continue. Although the Iraqi Constitution prohibits […]

Rising Tension Between Israel And Syria As Syrian Plane Shot Down

Israel shot down a Syrian plane after the pilot flew close by the Golan Heights. While Syrian authorities claim that the plane was attacking rebel insurgents in their own territory,  Israel claims the plane flew into Israeli airspace. According to the Los Angeles Times, this latest strike adds on to […]

Increased Violence Surrounding Northern Ireland’s Battle Of The Boyne Celebrations

According to the BBC, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) reported there was a 23% increase in bonfire related violence throughout Northern Ireland during this year’s 11th of July celebrations. Every year, Protestant communities celebrate the 1690 victory at the Battle of the Boyne that William the Orange had […]

Daraa Offensive Leads To Another Humanitarian Crisis

On June 19th, the Syrian Army, supported by Russia, began an offensive on the South-Western province Daraa. The offensive undermined a de-escalation agreement, negotiated in July 2017, between the US, Russia, and Jordan which kept the peace in the region for a year. Despite attempts at negotiating with rebel groups, […]

Anti-Loitering Campaign Targets The Filipino Poor

The police in the Philippines have been targeting poverty-stricken communities through mass incarcerations for petty crime charges. A new anti-loitering campaign has imprisoned 8000 people since June 13th, 2018, further crowding jails following mass arrests in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), Philippine’s […]