Erika Loggin

About Erika Loggin

Erika is completing her Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University with a degree in International Studies and History. She is passionate about human rights, refugees and forced displacement, and global politics. Erika is contributing to the Organization for World Peace as a correspondent in Canada.

Russia Vetoes Continued Chemical Weapons Investigation In Syria: Security Council Too Politicized To Respond To War Crimes

Russia has cast its second veto at the UN Security Council in two days, blocking the continued investigation of chemical weapon use by its ally Syria. This decision illustrates the partisan nature of the Security Council, which should not be used as the decision-making mechanism where chemical weapons are involved. […]

Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer To Take Stranded Refugees

The Australian government has rejected an offer by its New Zealand counterpart to take in 150 refugees from those now barricading themselves in at the Manus Island facilities. The offer, first made in 2013, would have seen 150 refugees resettled annually in New Zealand. It was reinstated this weekend, with […]

WHO Cancels Robert Mugabe’s Appointment As Goodwill Ambassador

The World Health Organization cancelled its appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in response to international outrage. While Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, previously praised Mugabe for improving the public health system in Zimbabwe, critics, however, say that the system has collapsed due to the failure of the […]

Hundreds Killed In Somalia’s Deadliest Terrorist Attack

A truck rigged with explosives detonated in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on Saturday October 14. At least 500 people were killed or seriously injured in the blast. On Sunday, October 15, the death toll stood at 276. That number is expected to rise as bodies are uncovered from the rubble that […]

Cholera Epidemic Rages In War-Torn Yemen

Currently, in the midst of a bloody civil war, Yemen is facing what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls the “world’s worst cholera outbreak.” The WHO predicted up to 300,000 people would be infected by August of this year. That number is expected to increase to an estimated one million cases […]

Party Called Neo-Nazis Wins Seats In German Election

Germany’s recent election brought an overtly nationalist party into parliament for the first time in over 60 years.The AfD or Alternative for Germany party is a far-right eurosceptic group with anti-immigration and anti-Islamic views. After narrowly missing the threshold to sit in the Bundestag in a 2013 election, the party […]

Do Sanctions Really Work?

The UN Security Council recently passed sanctions against North Korea in condemnation of the country’s nuclear testing. These approved sanctions were substantially diluted from the original U.S. proposition last week, which many feared China would veto or abstain from voting on. The initial proposal was described by U.S. President Donald […]

Refugee Rescue Ship Sent to Asia To Help Rohingya

A Malta-based aid organization that has rescued 40,000 refugees while crossing the Mediterranean Sea is moving its operations to Asia to help the Rohingya people. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) suspended its work in the Mediterranean due to the increasingly insecure situation for refugees in both Libya and Europe. […]

Australian Government Cuts Income And Housing For 100 Asylum Seekers

The Australian government is cutting financial support and accommodation for 100 asylum-seekers originally transported from detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island for medical treatment. The group will be issued “final departure Bridging E Visas.” They will no longer receive the $200 a fortnight in government support that they had […]

30 Dead In Riots Protesting Indian Guru’s Rape Conviction: Government Failure And The Rise Of The Guru State

At least 30 people have died in Northern India in riots after the popular spiritual leader, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was convicted of sexually assaulting two of his female followers. Singh leads Dera Sacha Sauda, a spiritual nonprofit organization. Over 200,000 of his followers gathered in Chandigarh, the shared capital […]