Luke Kinsella

About Luke Kinsella

Luke is a Politics, Philosophy and Economics/International Relations student at the ANU. He is passionate about politics and international affairs. His goal is to shine a light on stories that have a devastating impact on global/regional stability, yet receive little media attention or analysis.

Is Trump’s Border Wall Even Necessary?

At a rally in Iowa this week, President Donald Trump floated the idea of adding solar panels to his Mexican border wall. But is a wall, with or without solar panels, even necessary? Probably not, and here’s why. The Pew Research Centre reports that approximately 45% of the illegal immigrant […]

Is Trump’s Border Wall Even Necessary?

A border wall isn’t just unnecessary, it’s ineffective and a practically impossible goal. The USA has a crisis in healthcare, a declining middle class, crumbling nationwide infrastructure and is almost $20 trillion in debt.

UN Claims 150,000 Civilians Trapped By ISIS In Mosul’s Old City

The United Nations believes that approximately 150,000 civilians are still being trapped by ISIS in Mosul’s Old City. With the help of the USA, Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran, the Iraqi military began their assault on Mosul in October 2016. Since they have successfully captured significant portions of the city. However, […]

Reports Suggest Russia Is Responsible For The Blockade Against Qatar

Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have implemented a trade, travel and diplomatic blockade on Qatar. A recent CNN report has suggested that Russia is behind it. So, what caused the blockade? Saudi Arabia has been concerned about Qatar’s funding of extremist organizations, such as ISIS, Hamas, and […]

Is Trump Right About NATO Members Not Paying Their Fair Share?

In a speech at the NATO summit on Thursday, Trump urged NATO countries to begin increasing their military spending. Several NATO leaders, including Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May stood quietly and awkwardly as the President gave his criticism. “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share,” […]

This Is Where Assad Burns The Bodies Of His Victims

The Assad regime has built a crematorium to hide the dead bodies of those killed at Saydnaya prison, according to acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and former ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Stuart Jones. Saydnaya Prison received international attention in February due to an Amnesty International report […]

Echoes Of Watergate: Why Did Trump Fire FBI Director James Comey?

On the 20th of October, 1973, then US President Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Special Prosecutor investigating Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal. Attorney General Elliot Richardson refused to carry out Nixon’s order, leading him and his deputy to resign. But what is known as the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ […]

Russia Establishes ‘De-Escalation Zones’ In Syria. Will They Work?

Russia, Iran, and Turkey have reached an agreement to set up four “de-escalation zones” in Syria. The deal prevents the use of weapons in these four areas, including use of the Syrian government’s air force. The deal also allows for “unhindered” humanitarian access and the free flow of refugees. Although […]

Trump’s ‘Global Gag Rule’ And Its Effects On Women In Developing Countries

In January of 2017, the Trump administration implemented the “Mexico City Policy,” also known as the “global gag rule.” The rule was created by the Reagan administration in 1984 and since then, every Republican administration has implemented the rule and every Democratic administration has revoked it. The global gag rule […]

The Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

We are currently living through the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, according to Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator. UN agencies have found that famine in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen has put over 20 million lives at risk, and more than 1.4 million children are at risk of […]