Author: Jason Woodroofe

Heavy Flooding Devastates Timor-Leste During COVID-19 Lockdown

According to preliminary reports from the ground, heavy flooding has affected upwards of 10,000 people and killed at least 21 in Timor-Leste, reports UN News. The majority of the affected people live in the capital Dili and parts of the city remained underwater for days afterward.  The flooding struck on

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The Geopolitics Of The Modern Space Race

There is no doubt that the world is in a new space age. In the last ten years, the world has witnessed rapid development in space technology and rapidly growing tensions between world powers. The same principles define the geopolitics of space as those on the ground. What sets space

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Four Years Of Foreign Policy Under Biden: What Can We Expect?

Over the last four years, the foreign policy coming from the White House has been described by experts as uncoordinated at best, and outright dangerous at worst. While Trump and his cabinet favoured the nationalistic “America First” doctrine and challenged many accepted international norms, we can expect the new Biden

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2020 Ties As Hottest Year On Record

A new report by the European Union’s Copernicus earth observation service shows that 2020 tied with 2016 as the hottest year ever recorded, rounding off the world’s hottest ever decade.  The report shows that in 2020, “temperatures globally were an average of 1.25 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than

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A Fourth Generation Of Human Rights?

A Fourth Generation of Human Rights? Human rights are often taken for granted in day to day life in the western world, as they are enshrined in law and policy (for the most part). We often forget that Human rights have not always been guaranteed. In fact, what constitutes a

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Timor-Leste: The Path From Peace To Prosperity

Timor-Leste: the path from peace to prosperity Standing underneath the 27m tall Cristo Rei statue of Jesus and staring back across at the beautiful city of Dili, it is hard to imagine that Timor-Leste is shrouded in a past of colonialism, occupation, and civil unrest. Timor-Leste (often referred to as

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Should NZDF Opt For A Drone Based Future?

A drone based future? The global military drone market is growing rapidly and as New Zealand looks to the future of its defense force we must ask ourselves if we see drone technology there. Public perception of UAVs is often negative and associated with issues like the war on terror

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Haftar’s Homies: Do They Have The General’s Back In Libya? 

Libya’s horrendous civil war has raged since 2011 and still has no clear end in sight. Egypt’s renewed support for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a key player in Libyan politics and the military for over four decades, may push the conflict into a new stage. Currently the UN-backed Government of

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A New Era In Global Drone Sales?

The U.S. plans to change its policy stance on the Cold War-era 33-year-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Treaty with the hopes of further expanding U.S. drone sales around the world, reports Al Jazeera news. Under the new proposed changes the United States would be able to supply armed drones

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Is July 1st The Date The Map Of The Middle East Is Redrawn?

On Monday the 1st of June an article appeared in the Jerusalem Post that should have given shivers of concern to anyone with a desire in upholding international law. The article in question claims new Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz had instructed the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) to prepare for

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Ethiopia Admits To Downing Kenyan Aid Plane

On Saturday 9 March, Ethiopia admitted to shooting down a Kenyan plane filled with aid in Somali air space. Al Jazeera reports the flight was a privately chartered aid flight delivering coronavirus supplies such as PPE and food to the Somali countryside. The plane was shot down by Ethiopian troops

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Venezuelan Prison Riot Leaves Scores Of Casualties

An apparent lack of food and water for inmates is responsible for a prison riot that took place at a Llanos Penitentiary in the western city of Guanare. The riot left more than 40 people dead and 50 injured according to the Venezuelan Prison Observatory (VPO). Casualties included the prison

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