Patrick Cain

About Patrick Cain

Government and International Relations Student at the University of Sydney. Interested in the political and social repercussions of climate change, and how to tackle these challenges. Contributing to the OWP as a correspondent in Australia.

Nicaraguan Protests Reach New Level Of Violence

In response to controversial legislation reforming Nicaragua’s social security system, protests animated by an unusual coalition of university students and the private sector together with the Roman Catholic Church have rocked the country, according to the Washington Post. The proposed legislation would increase contributions to the social security system by employees […]

“I Will Arrest You”: Rodrigo Duterte’s Latest International Provocation

Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, has threatened prosecutors representing the International Criminal Court (ICC) who may seek to investigate his controversial campaign against drug users for evidence of potential crimes against humanity, reports Al-Jazeera. Duterte’s incendiary comments are the latest in a long line of brash and aggressive statements that […]

Taking The ‘War’ Out Of The War On Drugs

The global drug trade is widespread, profitable, and insidious, creeping into all four corners of the world. While traditional international conflicts still linger and bubble away over fault lines and flashpoints, the drug trade seems to demand a wholly different response. Indeed, Richard Nixon expressed the current and unchanged state […]

New Efforts To Eradicate Polio In Remote Areas Of Afghanistan Engage Religious Leaders

As one of the last countries ravaged by naturally occurring outbreaks of the debilitating Polio virus, the Afghan government is taking advanced steps in order to eliminate the disease once and for all. The Guardian has reported that the government is enlisting Clerics and Islamic scholars to communicate with communities […]

Bolton To D.C.: Hawkish Advisors Elevated Amid White House Turmoil

John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the United Nations well-known for his hawkish views, is to become President Trump’s National Security Advisor, reported the Guardian on Friday. Bolton’s promotion comes amid a period of turmoil for the White House, which has been beset by scandal and increasing pressure from […]

Activist Minority Youth Networks Animate Peaceful Protests In Ethiopia

This February, Central Ethiopia was brought to a standstill by protests and boycotts, the repercussions of which are still being felt this week, reports the Guardian. Divided into federal jurisdictions defined by identity, the largest region Oromia, populated by the Oromo who are the largest ethnic minority in Ethiopia, was rocked […]

What’s The Deal With Twitter Anyway?

Communication is an inherent part of the human experience. The ability to contextualize and synthesize information and complexity, and in turn conveying it to others, is one of the many factors that distinguishes humanity’s uniqueness. However, until the advent of technological advances such as the telegraph and the telephone, the […]

‘Faceless Candidate,’ Victim Of Mafia Violence Stands For Election In Italy

With today marking the Italian general elections, the Five Star Movement has announced a new candidate for election in Sicily, The Guardian recently reported. Piera Aiello’s story is a chilling testament to the continuing influence of mafias, powerfully organized crime syndicates, which have held a pervasive sway over southern Italy […]

13 Girls Still Missing After Boko Haram Attack On Northern Nigerian School

On Tuesday February 19, the Boko Haram Islamist Group struck a school  in the town of Dapchi, located in northern Nigeria. The attack resonated strongly in the community because it was perpetrated by the same group that terrorized the town of Chibok in 2014, when militants dressed in military fatigues […]

America Suffers Yet Another School Shooting

On February 14th, teenager Nikolas Cruz rampaged through Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida, armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, as reported by The Guardian. Equipped with this weapon and reportedly “countless magazines” of ammunition according to eyewitness accounts, Cruz, a 19-year old who had been expelled from the school […]

Sustainable Development And Colombia’s Difficult Road To Peace

Colombia is a country of sharp divisions and contradictions. Located in the northwestern corner of the South American continent, it is a richly beautiful and highly diverse country; the towering peaks of the Andes mountains and the teeming jungles of the Amazon also find themselves within its borders. Featuring a […]

BLOCKED: Social Media And New Horizons Of Resistance Against Digital Censorship In The Middle East

Al-Jazeera, the Qatari public broadcaster, reported earlier this week regarding Sada Social, a Palestinian collective of three journalists dedicated to documenting and responding to perceived “violations against Palestinian content.” These include the removal of content and de-platforming of online figures accused of what is considered as “hate speech” by social […]