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Demonstrators Arrested Amid Armenian Protests

On Friday, April 30th, 37 activists were detained due to their involvement in protests against the appointment of the former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan as Prime-Minister. This number included the leader of the anti-Sargsyan movement “Reject Serzh.” The protests have been encouraged and organized by MP Nikol Pashinyan, who has […]


Houthis Fire Missiles Into Saudi Territory

On Sunday, 25 March, the Houthi rebels, who control a significant swath of Yemeni territory, including the capital Sana’a, launched missile attacks against air and military bases in the southern Saudi Arabian cities of Najran, Jizan and Abha. The following seven missiles also reached the airspace of Riyadh, the capital of […]


Saudi Crown Prince Concludes UK Visit Amid Controversy

On March 9, the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman concluded a two-day state visit to the United Kingdom. During his three-day visit Bin Salman met with Prime-Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and members of the royal family, drawing widespread criticism and associated protests from rights groups and […]


Employment Policies Threaten Environmental Protection In Tasmania’s Tarkine

On February 25th 2018, over 1000 people rallied in Hobart, the state capital of Tasmania, Australia’s southern-most state, demanding protection for a vast track of wilderness in the state’s North West called the Tarkine or Takayna. Takayna is the traditional name given to the region by indigenous groups. The Tarkine […]


The Costs Of Australia’s Decision To Increase Defense Exports

On the 29th of January, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a plan to boost defense exports, promising that such a move will yield increased job and investment opportunities. The move to make Australia one of the world’s 10 biggest arms exporters within the next 10 years is an attempt to […]


Kenya Takes TV Stations Offline Amid Election Controversy

On the 30th of January, the Kenyan government shut down three major TV stations which were broadcasting preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the “people’s president.” This demonstration, which is the culmination of a series of parallel institutions established by the opposition, follows the opposition’s […]


Humanitarian Aid In Afghanistan Threatened By Rising Attacks

The last week saw three high profile attacks on western targets in Afghanistan. Such attacks will cumulatively impact the willingness of humanitarian organizations to conduct operations in the already fragile country, therefore impacting the well-being of the millions that rely on their aid. On January 24th at least three people were […]


Turkey Ground Forces Enter Syria’s Afrin District

On the 21st of January, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made a press release stating that the Turkish armed forces had crossed into the Syrian district of Afrin located in the Aleppo Governorate of northwestern Syria. At the time of writing, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that the units included […]


U.S. ‘Hardline’ Foreign Policy On Pakistan Threatens Regional Cooperation

Recent developments in United States-Pakistan relations have the potential to hinder the capacity for bilateral cooperation between the two nations on Afghanistan and other regional issues. On 4 January 2018, the U.S. State Department announced that it would be suspending security assistance to Pakistan until it takes “decisive action” against […]