Author: India Birrell

U.S. Seeks To Buy Greenland

On Thursday 15 August 2019, reports surfaced confirming U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to buy the world’s largest island, Greenland. The current autonomous territory of Denmark is richly endowed with natural resources such as water and natural gas, both of which are expected to grow as the Arctic ice landscape

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U.S. Launches Cyber Security Attack On Iran

On 22 June 2019, it was confirmed that President Donald Trump approved an offensive cyber strike that disabled Iranian computer systems used to control national rocket and missile launchers. The news of Thursday’s cyber attack broke as the U.S. President backed away from conventional military air strikes in response to

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U.S.-Iran Tensions Raised Over Burning Of Oil Tankers

On June 13th 2019, images of two burning oil tankers in the waters of the Gulf of Oman – literally reignited – tensions between regional Gulf states and international powers including the United States, the United Kingdom and Iran. Tensions in the Gulf have remained close to breaking point as

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A Reason For Intervention: A Realist Understanding Of The West’s Decision To Intervene In Syria

On 13th April 2018, the United States, the United Kingdom and France co-ordinated a multilateral air strike within Syria; they successfully targeted three sites associated with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s deadly chemical weapons program. This action was the first instance of multilateral engagement within Syria under the pretext of “establishing

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A War Of Words: China Talks Tough On The South China Sea Issue

On Sunday June 2nd 2019, tensions between the United States and China were again raised following controversial comments regarding China’s militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea. The islands are supposedly designed to defend China’s territorial claim to 80% of the ocean. The Shangri –La summit, held at

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South African Elections: ANC Retains Hold On Power

On 8th May 2019, the sixth elections since the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa were conducted. The elections to the 400-member National Assembly and 9 provincial legislatures (composed of 430 seats) saw the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) retain its hold at the national level with a

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Assange And The Post-Truth Era

On 11th of April 2019, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London by British police following his expulsion from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had resided as a political asylum seeker for the past seven years. After his arrest, the United States Justice Department unsealed an indictment alleging that Assange conspired

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They Are Us: A Lesson Of Solidarity In The Wake Of Terror

On 15 March 2019, a declared white supremacist stormed two mosques in the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand, killing fifty innocent people and injuring dozens more. As investigations began into the attack, it was confirmed that the gunman, acting alone, targeted Al Noor Mosque in the centre of the city

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Europe: The Revolving Epicenter Of US-Russian Tension

On March 18th 2019, almost exactly five years on from Russia’s controversial annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, US Air Forces deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for “theatre integration and flying training” exercises with regional allies and NATO partners. The US Air Force confirmed the movements earlier on March

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Cuba Reforms Cold War Constitution

On 24th February 2019, the Cuban communist regime held a national referendum to revise its historic 1976 constitution. The proposed 224-article change had been designed to acknowledge the new realities faced by the island nation, specifically targeting economic reform, greater access to the Internet and the increased allowance of foreign

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