Isaac Heaphy

About Isaac Heaphy

Isaac Heaphy is a Senior Correspondent for the OWP, writing to challenge perspectives that do not support anti-war ideas in the past or present. Aside from that, his interests include subjects related to understanding how our world operates (like politics, economics, and geography). He is also currently a Masters student in History at Massey University, having graduated in 2019 with a BA.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. Government Passes Bloated Two Trillion Dollar Stimulus For Coronavirus Crisis

On March 27th, 2020, the CARES Act was enacted into law by President Trump after passing both government chambers. This legislation, which is nearly two and a half times larger than the global recession stimulus package, authorises the government to spend two trillion dollars in various ways to ‘aid’ the […]

Not Me, Us – Bernie Sanders’ Vision And Case For A Better America

The United States of America is in an important election year that will likely determine its course for another decade. The incumbent president, Donald Trump, is seeking another term and, despite all odds, has a good chance of being re-elected. No other president has been so crude or disinterested in […]

Do Not Deport Your Problems – Australia And New Zealand’s Deportation Troubles

In recent bilateral talks between the Australian and New Zealand governments, Prime Minister Ardern voiced her frustrations with Australia’s treatment of New Zealand migrants. While highlighting the reality that New Zealand migrants are unable to fully contribute to Australian society, she said to Prime Minister Morrison at a press conference […]

Acquitted, But Tarnished: Trump’s Impeachment Foreshadows A Dire Political Year For America

On February 5, 2020, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump came to an expected end in acquittal.  While Senator Mitt Romney shocked the Republican Party by voting for removal based on abuse of power, this outcome projects a bitter year for the American political scene in another election cycle. […]

New Decade, New Iraq War? Tensions High As U.S. Responds To Iran’s ‘Influence’ 2

Tension in the Middle East may again be reaching critical mass as recent events in Iraq have created a difficult situation for the region.  While originally the United States targeted the Kataib Hezbollah militia, supported by Iran, in response to a deadly attack on one of its military contractors blamed […]

Unconstitutional Patriot Act Spying Resolution Renewed In Sneaky Funding Bill

In an attempt to forestall another United States government funding shutdown, Congress passed a bill, signed by the President on November 21, to fund the government for another month.  Written within the bill, which garnered bipartisan support, was yet another extension for a Patriot Act spying resolution which will now […]

As Protests Sweep The Globe, The Yellow Vest Movement Turns One Year Old

Today, 17 November, marks the one-year anniversary of the French Yellow Vests movement. To celebrate the occasion, another weekend of protests dubbed ‘Act 53’ has commenced with media reporting that the Place d’Italie, a public square in Paris, has been transformed into a skirmish ground. Elsewhere in Paris, protestors defied […]

Despite A Withdrawal Announcement, The United States Remains In Syria To Secure The Oil

President Donald Trump proclaimed on 28 October, during a press conference announcing the death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi, that the United States military would be holding onto Syrian oilfields until further notice.  While this development is not surprising, given his lambasting of President Bush for not taking Iraq’s oil after […]

Fear And Loathing As Democratic Candidates Debate Foreign Policy

At the fourth round of presidential debates for the Democratic Party, held on October 15th, candidates finally weighed in on some foreign policy issues.  Recently, as President Trump announced the withdrawal of military personnel from Syria, debate, or rather a unification of positions, occurred around this development.  Russian election interference […]