Author: Isaac Heaphy

New Zealand’s Second Lockdown A Tough But Right Call

On 17 August New Zealand’s Prime Minister informed the public that the country would be going into full lockdown, alert level 4, after a case of Covid-19 (later found to be the more transmissible Delta variant) was identified in the community outside of managed isolation. Although the initial time period

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Blowback: The 20 Year Mistake In Afghanistan Ends With Hell

According to Al-Jazeera and many other news outlets, the Taliban has staged a sweeping conquest of many of Afghanistan’s provinces as the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan nears completion.  By the time this piece is published, Afghanistan will likely be under the control of the once exiled former rulers, the Taliban. 

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United States Senate Defunds Wuhan Gain Of Function Research

On 25 May 2021, the United States Senate voted to adopt two amendments which point to the responsibility of the Covid-19 pandemic back at China and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Passed within the Endless Frontiers Act, Amendment 1507 prohibits the nation from funding the Wuhan lab, while Amendment 2003

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Pro-Democracy Action Leads To Bank Freezes And Arrests In Hong Kong

According to the Los Angeles Times, some pro-democracy organisers in Hong Kong have had their bank accounts frozen because of recent pro-Beijing legislation intended to move the region past the ‘one-country two-systems’ era. Although the pro-democratic opposition has recently resigned on-mass from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, and not held large

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Trump Orders Troop Withdrawals In Iraq And Afghanistan

In the final stretch of his presidency, Trump has ordered plans to be carried out to withdraw United States military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, making good on previous promises to do so.  According to Al Jazeera, the United States will still have a presence of 2500 personnel in both

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Australia To Consider 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Boycott

ABC News reported on 8 October that the Australian parliament was thought to be considering the issue of a boycott of the not-so-distant 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, in light of the tensions between the two nations and China’s human rights abuses. Senator Rex Patrick, representing South Australia, has voiced sentiment

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North Korean Nuclear Capabilities Boast Of ‘No More Wars’

During the 67th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, Kim Jong Un made several comments about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. According to Al Jazeera, the leader claimed that because of their development of nuclear weapons “there won’t be any war on this land again, and our country’s safety

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Authoritarianism Never Produces Peace

World news has been remarkably negative over this past year. Whether it is continents burning, questionable political maneuverings occurring, the whispers of war threatening and taking lives, viruses disrupting the turning of the world, national economies becoming less stable, or racial injustices reaching boiling point, it is easy to overlook

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Crumbling Empire For Old Men: The Biden And Trump Election

November 3rd, the date many people will be anticipating this year to see whether the United States gets a change in leadership. Donald Trump, the current president, Republican, and forever-campaigner, unexpectedly came to power and has radically shaped a new era of politics. Whether these developments are a good thing

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Lest We Forget: Reflections On A Solitary ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day, 25 April, has been the date for over a century now when the people of New Zealand and Australia remember their sacrifices in various conflicts. What started as a day to remember the landing of soldiers at Gallipoli during the First World War has evolved into a multipurpose

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The End Of The Post-Second World War Order

As this decade draws to a close, it will be remembered for a variety of things.  New technology, discoveries, disasters, amongst the other countless individual experiences that people have had. To categorize this period simply, information has further accelerated to no longer be strictly bound to geography but has become

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