Author: Joseph Elliott

How The Coronavirus Will Affect The Middle East

The new pandemic known as COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that has infected over 300,000 people globally, is especially detrimental to the social, political and economic fabric of the Middle East. The spread of the virus has already isolated free trade and transnational movement and will have a very substantial effect

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Coronavirus Cases Suspected In North Korea

A top U.S. military general in South Korea has stated that the Pentagon is “fairly certain” that North Korea has coronavirus infections despite claims from North Korea that the country has been unaffected by the outbreak. Although claims that North Korea has cases are unconfirmed, the history of the country’s

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U.S. Signs Peace Agreement With Taliban

A peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban was signed conditionally on Saturday in the Qatari capital of Doha. The Trump administration has agreed to reduce its military presence in Afghanistan under the condition that the Taliban agree to stop assisting al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in

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Chinese Uighurs Forced Into Labour Camps

Thousands of Chinese Uighurs have been transferred from the Far Western autonomous region of Xinjiang to factories across China. According to a report released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), over 80,000 Uighurs were moved from internment camps in Xinjiang, between 2017-2019, through a labour transfer scheme as part

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The New Space Race

According to the RIA news agency, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov, made a statement on Monday saying the United States’ plans to deploy weapons in space would have a devastating effect on the current security balance in space. He also stated that Russia does not have plans to

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Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Rallies Support In Miami

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó hosted a rally in a Miami convention center on Saturday, February 15th. Guaidó received a warm reception as he was greeted by thousands of Venezuelans in attendance. Guaidó serves as the National Assembly leader of Venezuela but is recognized by nearly 60 nations, including the

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China’s Worsening Health Crisis

Within the last two months, the most devastating health crisis in Asia since 2002 has deteriorated society in the Hubei Province in China and has quickly become a national emergency in China and in other Asia-Pacific nations. On January 30th, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency over

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Iraqis Protest U.S. Military Presence

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi protesters marched through the streets of Baghdad on Friday.  In response to Shia Leader, Muqtada al-Sadr’s call for the mobilization of a “million-strong” march, Iraqis stormed the streets of Baghdad demanding U.S. withdrawal of troops from Iraq. A representative of al-Sadr read out a statement

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Human Rights Watch Executive Denied Entry Into Hong Kong

Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, was denied entry into Hong Kong on Sunday, which officials claimed was for “immigration reasons.” Roth planned to release a report on Wednesday criticizing the Chinese government of human rights violations against the people of Hong Kong. Roth had visited Hong Kong

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