Ethan Beringen

About Ethan Beringen

Ethan is an undergraduate student at the University of Adelaide completing a Bachelor of Laws and International Studies double degree. He is particularly interested in Asian politics, including how rising powers affect the Indo-Pacific and promoting peaceful solutions for the region.

UN Report: Nuclear Weapons “Divert Attention” From Dire Human Rights Situation In North Korea

On Tuesday, 28 May, the United Nations (UN) released their latest report on the troubled state of North Korea. The report focused on the governmental corruption that the general populous faces, under which those performing informal labor are threatened with jail time in order to extort money. This corruption appears […]

North Korea Wants Pompeo Out Of Talks, U.S. Not Backing Down

The steady stream of diplomatic meetings between the US and North Korea since June 2018 has so far yielded few concrete measures but a general easing of tensions. However, North Korea has recently issued a demand that the U.S. appears poised to ignore: to remove US Secretary of State Mike […]

India Shoots Down Satellite In Test, Concerns Over Security And Space Junk

In the latest move for India’s rapidly expanding space program, the government announced on March 27th that they had successfully shot down a satellite in space. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a televised announcement to address the test, claiming that India had now established itself as a space power joining […]

Citizens Of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir Fear Retaliation After Suicide Bombing

On 14 February, a suicide bombing was carried out against an Indian military convoy in Kashmir. The Washington Post reports that there were 40 casualties from this attack claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based group that is officially banned in the country. It has also fanned the flames of the long-running […]

Cambodian Prime Minister Threatens Opposition Over EU Sanctions

The opposition to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has come under threat yet again as the European Union considers withdrawing duty-free trade with Cambodia. This move, intiated in November 2018, is in response to human rights concerns over crackdowns against the opposition party in the lead up to Hun Sen’s […]

Facing International Criticism, Chinese Judges Speak In Defence Of Death Penalty

China’s Supreme People’s Court is not known for weighing into public debates about China’s legal system. However, during a recent promotional visit to the Supreme Court, one judge, Li Xiao spoke to reporters in defense of the well-established death penalty while another, Liu Guixiang addressed the burgeoning social credit system, […]

Umbrella Movement Leaders Plead “Not Guilty” To Chargers As Protestors Show Support

Benny Tai, 54, Chan Kin-man, 59, and Chu Yiu-ming, 74, faced a busy courtroom day on Monday, November 19th, as chargers were presented over their involvement in the 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. The trio pleaded “not guilty” to conspiracy to incite and commit public nuisance. Those are the […]

Violence Erupts Over Protests At Myanmar Garment Factory. A Presage Of Things To Come?

After eight weeks of persistent protest, workers at Fu Yuen Garment Co Ltd have allegedly been the target of “hired thugs” in an incident that drew riot police to the scene. The employees of the Chinese owned company have been demonstrating outside the factory since August 20th, when 30 workers […]

Syrian Man Arrested After Seven Months Living In Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Hassan Al-Kontar has been arrested in Malaysia on October 2nd bringing to an end his seven month stay in Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s budget terminal. The 36-year-old Syrian national has been stranded in the airport since March 7th when he was stopped from boarding a flight to Ecuador, Reuters reports. […]

Impact Of Climate Change Leaves Japan Preparing For Different Kinds Of Disasters

The island nation of Japan famously lies upon the Pacific Ring of Fire and deals with regular earthquakes along with volcanic activity born from shifts along the geological fault line. Japan has rapidly developed methods to withstand all but the strongest of quakes, of which it has close to 1500 […]