Nick Gribble

Mozambique Elections: Historical Factors And Food For Thought 1

On October 15th, Mozambican citizens will head to vote in general elections across the country. As in all democracies, this is an important political event which can shape the future of the country; however, Mozambique has been plagued by periods of violence since the end of Portuguese colonisation and occupation […]

Mali: A New Government, But What Next?

Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has appointed the former Minister of Finance Boubou Cisse to the position of Prime Minister and invited him to form government. This follows the resignation of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his government on April 19, which was announced with no formal reason. However, […]

Recently Freed After War Crimes Conviction, Jean-Pierre Bemba Runs For Presidency in DRC

Jean-Pierre Bemba was welcomed home to the Congo this week by tens of thousands of cheering citizens. Mr Bemba, recently freed after a 2016 conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the ICC, returned home to file his candidacy for President. The crowd was the DRC’s largest politically-related […]

Liberal Rights Regime Suffers As U.S. Leaves UN Human Rights Council

On June 20th, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced that the world’s foremost power was leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council (the HRC). In sentiments echoed by U.S. President Donald Trump, Haley justified the decision as a response to the continued presence of human rights abusers […]

The Battle For Hodeida: Coalition In Yemen Launches Assault On Rebel-Held Port

On Wednesday June 13, Troops from the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen launched a major assault on Hodeida, Yemen’s main port city. Hodeida is currently under the control of the Houthi rebels, along with Sanaa, the nation’s capital. The assault began after the Houthis failed to hand over the city by […]

ICC Overturns Its Conviction Of Jean-Pierre Bemba In Blow To Human Rights Regime

On June 8, 2018, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba of the two counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity for which he was found guilty of in 2016. Bemba, former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, had been […]

The (Mixed) Promise Of Free Education In Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s recently elected President, retired Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio, has announced details of his plan to provide free primary and secondary education to Sierra Leonean students. Following through with an electoral promise, which swept him to power in elections on March 31, President Bio revealed that the share […]

Rwanda: Former Presidential Hopeful Diane Rwigara Goes On Trial

Diane Rwigara, a former Rwandan Presidential hopeful, has gone on trial for “inciting insurrection or trouble among the population.” Ms. Rwigara was arrested last year along with her mother. Four more people (who are currently outside the country) are also wanted for allegedly assisting her. The trial is the latest […]

Why Ice-Cream is so Expensive: Part Two

Part One of this report outlined the links between ice-cream and the vanilla trade, and looked at many of the human costs of Madagascan vanilla (which constitutes over 80% of the world’s supply). The prevalence of vanilla in ice-cream is massive, with one UK ice-creamery stating that it was used […]

Why Ice-Cream Is So Expensive: Part One

The world is collectively in love with ice-cream. In July last year, a report by market intelligence agency Mintel put global ice-cream consumption in 2016 at 13 billion litres, with strong evidence that that figure was going to rise both in 2017 and this year. Australians ate around 9.4 litres […]