Author: Perley

Trump’s Authoritarian Ambitions

US President Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey last Tuesday has received attention from around the world. Critics have questioned the motivations and the legal backing of the action. There appear to be two rationales for Comey’s dismissal: first is the refusal to give Trump a loyalty oath,

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Globalization And Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, modern day slavery, plagues the entire world. Each year hundreds of thousands of women, children, and men are abducted, sold, or coerced into slavery. When we think about human trafficking, it is usually in relation to sexual exploitation – this is what the media focuses on in part

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The Dangers Of Sensationalist Media

In the last few weeks, the media has delighted in speculating about the imminent war between North Korea and the United States. The reality is that this war is not imminent. The media has, however, convinced members of the public that it may be, and has induced panic and despair

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Chechnyan Torture Camps

Over the last week, reports have leaked that more than 100 gay men have been detained and tortured in prison camps in Chechnya, with 3 killed by Chechnyan police. The story was first reported in Novoya Gazeta, a Chechnyan independent newspaper, whose journalists are now being threatened by government authorities. The

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A Dangerous Response To The Syrian Chemical Attack

Earlier this week, someone attacked Syrian citizens with chemical weapons, resulting in the deaths of at least 85 civilians – including women and young children. Illegal chemical weapons were certainly used, but the culprit is less clear. Western media would blame Assad, while the Kremlin continues to back his regime.

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The Spectre Of Cyberterrorism

Cyberterror has been on government radars for the last couple of years. Politicians and security experts have publicized the danger and disaster that will follow if cyberterrorists gain access to government and private computer systems: they could cripple the military, financial, and service sectors of our nations. The potential threat

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The Futility Of Laptop Bans

In the last week, the USA and the UK placed a ban on large electronic devices in the aircraft cabins – that is, devices larger than 16 cm long, 9.3 cm wide, and 1.5 cm deep. Flights from Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia cannot carry devices to either the

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Band-Aid Soultions: South Sudan, Famine, And War

The world’s fastest growing refugee crisis is now in South Sudan. The United Nations Refugee agency announced on March 17th, 2017 the alarming number of civilians fleeing their homes; some 1.6 million people have fled or been displaced to neighbouring countries in the last 8 months following another wave of

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Power Plays And Missile Testing

In the last week, tensions in the Korean Peninsula have been rising. The battlefield may be Eastern Asia, but the potential conflict involves, and will affect, the wider world – the United Nations, China, the United States, and South Korea have already made statements, verbal and physical, about future affairs

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Torture, Trump, And Haskel: Reigniting A Failed Program?

“When ISIS is doing things that nobody has ever heard of since medieval times. Would I feel strongly about waterboarding? As far as I’m concerned, we have to fight fire with fire.” Aside from the faulty grammar, there is something deeply wrong with Donald Trump’s approach and understanding of enhanced

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The Ongoing Ukrainian Struggle

The War in the Donbass region of Ukraine has continued unabated since 2014, yet few know or acknowledge the conflict as significant. Anti-government pro-Russian separatists,  supported by Russian troops and arms, have been fighting Ukrainian forces. When the Kremlin backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014, Russia responded

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