Jared Hatten


UN Launches New Initiative To Save The Aral Sea

On November 27th, UN Secretary General António Guterres announced a new initiative aimed at increasing the sustainability of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan. The UN Human Security Unit, in cooperation with Uzbekistan, Japan, Nigeria and Norway, launched the Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region (MPHSTF). Describing the […]


UN Atomic Watchdog Reports That Iran Continues To Abide By 2015 Nuclear Deal Despite U.S. Sanctions

On November 22nd, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran continues to follow the nuclear deal they signed with the United States, China, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and the European Union in 2015. The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), required Iran to […]


Will The Assassination Of Jamal Khashoggi Have Implications On The War In Yemen?

The Yemeni Civil War, described by the UN as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, has largely gone unreported by Western media and unaddressed by governments. The civil war has raged since 2015 when Houthi rebels seized power in the capital, prompting a Saudi-led Sunni coalition to launch a […]


The White House Uses Doctored Video Footage To Justify Banning Journalist

A day after the midterm elections in the United States, President Donald Trump held a 90-minute press conference in which he vented his frustrations with the media multiple times. After a heated moment between Trump and CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, The White House revoked Acosta’s press pass. Donald Trump was […]


Pakistan Supreme Court Overturns Death Penalty For Blasphemy Charge Against Christian Woman

The Pakistani Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi of her blasphemy charges on Wednesday, remitting the death sentence that she had been awarded in 2010. Asia Bibi, a Christian farmhand in the Sheikhupura District of Punjab, was accused by her Muslim co-workers of insulting Prophet Mohammed. Asia was consequently arrested and sentenced to […]


Iranian Environmentalists Detained For Over 6 Months

For the last nine months, the Iranian government has imprisoned seven environmental activists for the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation. The environmentalists, including the group’s leader Iranian-Canadian professor Kavous Seyed Emami, were held in January under unclear charges. It was announced in February that Emami had committed suicide. The activists are […]


Saudi Arabia Suspected Of Murdering Journalist Jamal Khashoggi In Consulate In Turkey

On 2 October , Washington Post journalist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, hoping to obtain documents for his upcoming wedding. He never came out again. Signs point towards a Saudi attempt to either detain or murder Khashoggi for criticizing Saudi policy. U.S. and Turkish […]


US Government Ignores Yemen Human Rights Concerns In Order To Protect $2 Billion Raytheon Arms Deal With Saudi Coalition

On 12 September, United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced his support for the Saudi-led coalition’s actions in Yemen. His statement reaffirmed the US government’s belief that the coalition was “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.” This came in response […]


Historical Treaty Breaches Against Te Rohe Pōtae And The Importance Of The Waitangi Tribunal In New Zealand

On the 10th of September, the Waitangi Tribunal released a report highlighting treaty breaches by the Crown against the Te Rohe Pōtae, a Māori people in Taranaki and Waikato, New Zealand. Several Te Rohe Pōtae leaders signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, an agreement written by British representatives to establish absolute […]


New Documents Reveal U.S. Government Can Spy On Journalists Outside Of Normal Court System

On Monday, the Freedom of the Press Foundation has revealed documents showing that the United States government are able to secretly spy on journalists. Unbeknownst to the public until now, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts can approve the government surveillance of journalists and secret seizure of information. It had […]


Legal Reform In Sudan Needed As Prosecutor Seeks To Reinstate Death Penalty For Teenager Noura Hussein

Noura Hussein, a Sudanese teenager whose death sentence was overturned after a campaign for justice, now faces calls from the state prosecutor to reinstate the death penalty. Noura Hussein was found guilty of murdering her husband Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad who had raped her to consummate their arranged marriage. Noura’s family […]


Europe Warns Of “Serious Consequence” For Potential Israeli War Crime Against Khan al-Ahmar Village

An Israeli Supreme Court decision to approve the demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn criticism from the EU, European states and international organisations. The village, housing 90 adults and 90 children, was deemed to be illegally constructed in the West Bank. As a result, the inhabitants […]


As War Crimes Continue In Yemen, Saudi-Led Coalition Must Be Held Accountable

On August 9th, the Yemeni civil war attracted international attention when the Saudi-led coalition dropped a bomb on a packed school bus in Sada province, killing 40 children and 11 adults. It was thought that this attack may have sparked enough international outrage that coalition forces would be more cautious […]


U.S. Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Further Increases To Military Spending, Threatens Arms Races With Rivals 1

Last week, the United States Congress approved a $716 billion military spending bill for the 2019 fiscal year. The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the Senate floor by 87 votes to 10, with 40 Democrats joining most Republicans. U.S. military spending, which increased by $94 billion […]


“Quiet Skies” Program Allows U.S. Air Marshals To Follow And Monitor Regular Citizens

The Boston Globe reports that the U.S. Transport Security Administration (T.S.A.) has been using air marshals to closely monitor citizens not suspected of any crimes since 2010. The program, known as “Quiet Skies,” tasks air marshals to track individuals at the airport, on the plane and until they leave their […]


Al-Qaeda And ISIS Weapons In Syria Traced Back To American And European Arms Sellers 1

The Independent reports that weapons found in the possession of ISIS, al-Nusra and al-Qaeda forces in Syria were manufactured in the United States and Europe. Correspondent Robert Fisk visited a bombed-out al-Qaeda arms storage building in eastern Aleppo in 2017 and recorded the missile casing numbers and weapons log books there. […]


As US-Iran Tensions Rise, It’s Important To Look At The Iraq-Era War Criminals And Hawks Still In US Government

This week, tensions between the USA and Iran have risen as leaders on both sides have threatened each other over Twitter. The United States is officially fighting wars in seven different countries at the moment, steadily rising since the War on Terror began in 2001. In this light, it is […]