Mekala Shanker

What You Need To Know About Guatemala’s Impending Election

As two weeks have elapsed in Guatemala’s presidential campaign season, the presidential candidacies of the three predicted front runners are all hanging in the balance. It now remains within the power of the Constitutional Court to confirm or deny their legitimacy as uncertainty reigns within the nation. Iduvina Hernandez Batres, […]

Death Of Kohistani Sheds Light On Honour Killing Culture In Pakistan

Honour killings in Pakistan have been the norm within the pre-colonial tribal system. The tribal trial through which an honour killing can be sentenced is called a Jirga, and trials such as this continue to occur to this day. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reports that, ever since 2012, […]

Landmark Legal Case Against Australian Terrorist

Today, a group of women who claim to have been enslaved, raped, and abused by one of Australia’s most infamous terrorists are seeking a landmark legal case to be brought before a New South Wales (NSW) Civil and Administrative tribunal in order to receive compensation. These hearings begin the week […]

Arrest Of Kashmiri Separatists Escalates Already Volatile Situation

Police have arrested at least 150 members of the Kashmiri separatist movement in the Indian administered section of the region. This has led to rising tensions amongst the residents regarding an increase in anti-India protest. These police crackdowns began following the Valentine’s Day suicide bombing targeting a paramilitary convoy done […]

Chadian Military Apprehends Column Of Rebels Near Libyan Border

On February 9th, 2019, the Chadian military released a statement indicating that they had captured more than 250 rebels, including some top leaders. This capture was part of an operation against a convoy of militants trying to cross into Chad from Libya. This operation has also included French assistance in […]

Alarming Condemnation By Netanyahu Leaves UN Scrambling

Following a statement from Israeli officials condemning an international observation mission, UN Secretary General António Guterres has expressed his disappointment with the situation. Guterres has stated that he hopes an agreement can soon be reached in order to protect Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Currently, ardent Israeli protesters of […]

US-Turkey Relationship On the Rocks As A Result Of Tweets

On the 13 January in a string of tweets, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically if they hit the Kurds”. This tweet has resulted in a diplomatic storm as Turkish officials take offence and U.S. officials scramble to explain and defend the statements made. The tweet also advocated […]

Khashoggi Murder Trial Begins, But Answers Still Far from Reach

The shocking murder of 59-year-old Jamal Khashoggi on 2 October 2018 continues to cause significant repercussions for both the political relationships and international image of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has fallen into its most dire diplomatic crisis to date, and the character of leader Crown Prince Mohammed […]

ISIL Poster Boy Loses Australian Citizenship

The Australian government has officially revoked the citizenship of Melbourne-born Neil Prakash, also known by alias Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, due to evidence that he was a high-ranking recruiter for ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant). Prakash is the most recent of 12 dual nationals to lose their Australian […]

Mattis Resignation Has Alarming Implications For U.S. Foreign Policy

On the 20th of December, United States secretary of Defence Jim Mattis became the last in a long line of Trump administration officials to resign from their posts. Uniquely, this departure comes with a clear reason — a protest on major policy positions. Mattis stated that the U.S. needs to be […]