Maddy Eagan


Indonesia Imposes Internet Blackout On West Papua 3

Following days of unrest, the Indonesian government blocked internet access on August 22nd in the provinces of Papua and West Papua (known collectively as West Papua). On August 19th, violent protests started in response to the mistreatment and racial abuse of Papuan students by the police in the Javanese city […]


Saudi Activist Rejects Release Deal

Prominent Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul rejected a deal for her release. The deal required the women’s rights campaigner to deny being tortured whilst in detention. Al-Hathloul was arrested last May along with ten other activists as part of a government crackdown on critics. They were charged with breaking cybercrime laws […]


Kashmir Crisis Threatens India-Pakistan Peace

The Indian government revoked Kashmir’s special status by presidential decree on August 5th. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was abolished, signalling the end to India-administered Kashmir’s autonomy. Article 370 conferred special rights on Kashmir, including the right to its own constitution and decision-making process with the exception of defence, […]


Ethiopia Claims New Tree Planting Record 1

Ethiopia claimed a new world record on Monday, 29th July when approximately 350 million trees were planted across the country.  Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Innovation and Technology, broke the news on Monday evening that the initial goal of 200 million trees had surpassed and that 353,633,660 million trees had been […]


Boris Johnson Is Not The Problem With British Politics – The System Is

Boris Johnson became Prime Minister of the UK on Wednesday 23rd July, beating rival Jeremy Hunt—the former Foreign Secretary—in the Conservative Party leadership election.  Some are happy with the result. For example, U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the news, exclaiming that Johnson ‘will be great’ and that ‘they call him […]


Why The Floods In South Asia Matter

Monsoon flooding in South Asia has left 200 people dead and six million displaced in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the past week. Over 1,800 villages are swamped in the Northeastern Indian state of Assam after the Brahmaputra River burst its banks and officials estimate that one-third of Bangladesh […]


UK Seizes Iranian Oil Tanker

On 4 July, an Iranian supertanker, Grace One, was seized off Gibraltar. The tanker was suspected of transporting Iranian crude oil to Syria, which would breach EU sanctions. The following day, the Gibraltar Supreme Court granted a 14-day extension to the detainment, and the ship remains in British custody. Less than […]


Spy App At Chinese Border

An investigation carried out by The Guardian, New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, and Motherboard (VICE News) has revealed the extreme measures Chinese border officials are taking in the western region of Xinjiang. Tourists must hand over their unlocked phones to officials who then install an app called Fengcai […]


Georgia Announces Electoral Reform Amid Protests

Georgia’s ruling party, Georgian Dream,  announced on 24 June changes to the electoral system, making parliamentary elections fully proportional.  Currently, only 77 of the Georgian parliament’s 150 seats are awarded proportionally and the rest by single-seat constituencies.  The changes were announced in order to appease protesters who started demonstrating outside […]


What Is Going On In Brazil?

June is proving to be a tumultuous month for Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro.  Last Friday saw a nationwide general strike, largely protesting against proposed pension reform which would raise the minimum retirement age to 62 for women and 65 for men.  It would also increase workers’ contributions and require workers […]