James Benecke


Hong Kong Protests Continue, Paralyzing Transportation And Economy

As the Hong Kong protests continue unabated into their tenth week and beyond, the city’s transportation and economy have taken weighty blows. Bloomberg reports that the MSCI Hong Kong Index has experienced its longest loss streak since the 1980s, while aviation worker strikes cancelled over 200 flights and protesters consistently […]


Over 100 Syrian Civilians Killed In Airstrikes Across 10-Day Period

Over 100 Syrian civilians have been killed in airstrikes launched by the Russian-backed Syrian regime over a 10-day period; both Syria and Russia have denied culpability for the deaths. Despite claims that civilian infrastructures were not targeted, Al Jazeera reports that the strikes have decimated schools, markets, and hospitals, among […]


Zuma Alleges That Accusations Of Corruption Stem From Widespread Conspiracy

Former South African President Jacob Zuma has alleged before the Zondo Commission that charges against him of corruption and state capture stem from a conspiracy 30 years in the making. Zuma’s proffered counteraccusations include a poisoning attempt against him, a plot implicating the U.S. and the U.K., and spies working […]


Amnesty International Releases ‘They Just Kill’ Report On The Philippine Anti-Drug Effort

Amnesty International recently detailed the results of their latest investigations into the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’ in their report ‘They Just Kill’. The report alleges that, per the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) own statistics, at least 6600 civilians, mostly impoverished, have been killed in extrajudicial police shootings. Amnesty further contends […]


Trump Imposes New Sanctions On Iran Targeting Supreme Leader 2

The Trump administration has announced plans to institute additional sanctions against Iran that ostensibly target the Iranian leadership, particularly Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The announcement closely follows the shooting down of an American drone by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard; officials of the two nations disagree on whether the drone […]