James Benecke


Recent Bombings In Afghanistan & What Afghanistan Is Owed

As the September 28th Afghanistan elections draw near, both the Taliban and the U.S. have bombed its civilian population, inflicting well over 100 casualties within the span of a few days. The Taliban has explicitly stated its opposition to the country’s electoral process, proclaiming that civilians present at political rallies […]


Pakistan Arrests 22 Protestors As Pro-Independence Protests Continue

On September 7, 22 Kashmiri protestors were arrested by Pakistani forces while continuing their ongoing resistance against foreign control of Kashmir, especially India’s recent controversies in the region. The protest had been ongoing since September 6 at Tatrinote within Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. Those arrested are, but a slight fraction against the […]


Five EU Countries Offer To Take In Refugees Initially Declared Illegal By Italy

Five EU Countries, specifically Germany, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Portugal, have offered refuge for 104 migrants presently being held in Italy following former Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini’s attempted ban of their presence. Italian authorities swiftly confiscated the Eleonore rescue ship, bearing the 104 immigrants and operated by […]


Bolsonaro Criticizes G7 Offer Of Funds For Amazonian Fire-Fighting Efforts

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on August 26th that the G7 had agreed to pledge over $22 million towards Brazilian fire-fighting efforts in the Amazon, with France in particular willing to immediately transfer funds as necessary. The money would primarily enable Brazil to purchase more planes for combatting the many […]


U.A.E.-Backed Yemeni Separatists Seize Aden, Driving Out Saudi-Backed Hadi Government

In the week of 7 August, the Yemeni separatist group Southern Transitional Council seized Aden, the temporary capital of Yemen. This event occurred following four days of fighting with Yemeni governmental forces, threatening a rift between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, backers of the STC and the Yemeni […]


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 […]