Author: Peter Koenigsbauer

The Arab Spring After Ten Years: Where the Middle East Stands Today

It has been a full decade since Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire outside the provincial headquarters of Sidi Bouzid. On December 17th, 2010, Bouazizi, who was regularly harassed by local police into conceding commission and merchandise, acted out of “sheer desperation,” says Thessa Lageman of Al

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Belgium Suspends Arms Exports To Saudi Arabia As Yemen Crisis Worsens

On August 7th, human rights groups across the world celebrated as Belgium confirmed that it will halt weapons exportations to Saudi Arabia’s National Guard (SANG). This announcement came following an injunction made by Belgium’s top legal authority, the Council of State, who formally suspended arms export licenses for shipments to

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An Exchange Of Bilateral Dialogue Between Two Adversarial States: A Case Study For A World In Crisis

Last weekend, foreign ministers representing Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a rare meeting to discuss “bilateral, regional and global situations,” including the COVID-19 crisis. The meeting, which was done over video call due to the pandemic, included an exchange of greetings between both parties in celebration of

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Hong Kong’s Autonomy Under Threat Again As National Security Law’s Blueprint Revealed

On Saturday, June 20th, the Chinese government unveiled the blueprint for a highly controversial new national security law in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong. Under this legislation, China can bypass Hong Kong’s independent judicial system, which according to CNN, will allow the city’s pro-Chinese top official “to handpick which

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Nigerian Court Sentences Inmate to Death Over Zoom

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt everyday society, governments around the world have had to make careful changes to their judicial systems in order to adapt to physical distancing policies. Thousands of prisoners serving minor or short sentences have been temporarily released, and many European countries have chosen to postpone trials

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Bill Gates Warned Us: Nobody Listened

Speaking before a Vancouver audience at a March 2015 TED Conference, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates predicted that “if anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war.” Gates’s warning came amidst the West

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