Author: Matthew Adamson

One Nation Caught Seeking Funds From US Pro-Gun Groups

An Al-Jazeera investigation has shone a light on a length that some political parties will go to gain influence during an election period. Australia’s One Nation Party led by Senator Pauline Hanson were exposed attempting to obtain funding from the United States National Rifle Association (NRA) in return for overturning

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An End Of An Era? Or More Of The Same For Kazakhstan?

On March 19th, the only leader independent Kazakhstan has ever had, Nursultan Nazarbayev, confirmed his decision to end his presidency after 30 years at the helm. He was the last Soviet-era president still in power and his resignation during his televised address came as a shock to many Kazakhs with

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Innocence Lost: Reflections Of The Real New Zealand?

Friday March 15th, 2019 is a day that will be remembered in New Zealand history as the darkest day this small nation has seen.  In what must be called out as an act of terrorism, Brenton Tarrant entered two mosques in Christchurch and indiscriminately opened fire on those congregated at their

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North Korea Takes A Tactical Approach To Summit

Veteran North Korean diplomats are apparently being overlooked for the upcoming nuclear summit with the United States. Analysts have speculated that North Korea has been forced to revise its approach to next week’s Hanoi summit following a raft of recent defections and allegations of spying that have sought to undermine

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Islamic State: The Final Battle?

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the last remaining Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday. It is hoped that this strike will be successful in wiping the remaining vestige of the Islamic State (IS) Caliphate within the SDF’s area of operations. This news comes as

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Resignation Of Palestinian Prime Minister Deepens Divide

Prime Minister of Palestine Rami al-Hamdallah submitted his resignation and that of his cabinet to President Mahmoud Abbas this Tuesday. The move came as a shock to the international community and dealt a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas, key political parties in the region. Hamas has

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Venezuela: South America’s Black Sheep?

Venezuela appears to be inching ever closer to a constitutional crisis as its neighbours in the region begin to consider recognizing the head of Congress Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of the economically ruined country. Current President Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated on January 10, following widespread criticism and a

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New Zealand Doctors Strike Puts Pressure On The Government

Junior doctors across New Zealand walked off the job on Tuesday, commencing a two-day strike following a breakdown in union talks with District Health Board (DHB) representatives. The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) is protesting the conditions in which doctors are being made to work, which are considered by many to

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Peaceful Power Passing In Somalia’s Puntland Region

In what can be considered a massive achievement, a region of conflict-ridden Somalia elected a new president on Tuesday. Puntland, an area which has historically been notorious for piracy and Islamist militants, elected Said Abdullahi Deni to a five year term – a candidate who has promised a hard line

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Gabon Coup Attempt Reflective Of Wider Issue

The Gabonese military foiled an attempted coup on Monday morning as a small group of junior army officers seized national radio for a brief period. The plot was quickly bought to an end by the military killing two suspected plotters and detaining seven other suspects. The officers involved are relative

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The First Step On Yemen’s Long Path To Peace

Residents in Hodeidah have reported a number of skirmishes breaking out over the weekend despite negotiations in Sweden having produced an apparent ceasefire. The news is concerning given the importance of Hodeidah as a key Red Sea port city in securing food and aid imports to help alleviate the severe

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Europe’s Shame: Aquarius Rescue Ship Forced From The Sea

The final refugee search and rescue ship working in the Mediterranean has been forced to suspend its operations following political pressure spearheaded by Italy and supported by major EU states. The rescue vessel Aquarius, which has been moored in Marseille since October 4, is operated by the charitable organizations SOS

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Ukraine Declares Martial Law Citing Imminent Russian Threat

The Ukrainian parliament voted on Monday to confirm President Poroshenko’s imposition of martial law for 30 days in response to Sunday’s Kerch Strait incident. President Poroshenko, citing intelligence information, labelled the threat of a land invasion as “extremely serious” and described the measures as necessary to make sure Ukraine is

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Separatists Vote To Maintain Status Quo In Donbass

Sunday’s elections in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have been widely condemned as a sham and a violation of the Minsk Agreement. The Ukrainian Government in Kiev has refused to recognise the legitimacy of these latest elections which occur in the shade of a conflict which has remained

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Asia Bibi’s Lawyer Seeks Asylum In The Netherlands

Lawyer Saiful Mulook, who successfully overturned Asia Bibi’s conviction on blasphemy charges, has been forced to flee to the Netherlands following widespread protests after last week’s Supreme Court verdict. Mulook expressed his desire to remain in the Netherlands at a press conference on Tuesday, and has made an application for

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Violence And Distrust Blocks Aid In South Sudan

The World Food Program (WFP) has cited violence between ethnic factions as causing insecurity and blocking deliveries of food aid to the areas of South Sudan that are most in need, provoking fears that the latest peace agreement may not be holding. Last month’s deal aimed to usher in a

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