Ryan Chan

Violent Political Unrest In Paris Caused By ‘Yellow Vests’ Movement

The city of Paris has been overwhelmed with violent protests over the past three weekends, with attractions, shops and restaurants forced to shut as authorities warned of another looming wave of violence. The protesters, known as the ‘Yellow Vests’ or gilets jaunes due to their signature high-visibility vests, first took to […]

Four Killed In Attack On Chinese Consulate In Karachi, Pakistan

Three gunmen carried out a brazen attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan last Friday, Nov. 23. The shootout that ensued resulted in the deaths of four people, two Pakistani civilians and two police officers. All three attackers were ultimately shot and killed by security personnel, and no Chinese […]

Australian PM Considering Embassy Move To Jerusalem

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has drawn controversy by announcing an interest in moving Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while speaking at the Parliament House last week (October 16th) . This came about as the government discussed ideas to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, as well as […]

Recurring Reports Of Migrant Domestic Worker Abuse In Gulf States

On 19 September, an article published by Al Jazeera revealed the plight of Vietnamese migrants who spent months living and working under harsh conditions in Saudi Arabia while employed as domestic worker or maids. The interviewees recounted how they had their passports confiscated by their employers upon arrival, and were […]

Joint Declaration Between Koreas Revives Denuclearization And Peace Talks

During the three-day bilateral summit in Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in issued a joint statement at a media conference (18th Sept) on the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration, an agreement to improve inter-Korean relations. As reported byVox News, the agreement addresses three areas – […]

Rejection Of Ceasefire At Tehran Summit Means Battle Of Idlib Inevitable

An attempt to prevent a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Idlib, a city located in Syria’s north-western province, has failed. On Friday, September 7, Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met at a trilateral summit in Tehran, to possibly negotiate a last-minute diplomatic deal to prevent further bloodshed in the ongoing Syrian […]

UN Peacekeepers Return To Patrol Golan Heights, Syrian-Israeli Border

On Thursday August 3rd, United Nations (UN) peacekeepers returned to patrol the frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The peacekeepers, representing the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), were redeployed to the Syria-Israel buffer zone after having to withdraw in September 2014 due to deteriorating security conditions and […]

UN Reports Detainees In Yemen Were Tortured By UAE Soldiers

According to a report issued by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office in Geneva, UAE soldiers have been torturing and abusing detainees in secret prisons across war-torn Yemen. Further investigations by the Associated Press (AP) in late June revealed scenes of ill-treatment and sexual abuse inflicted by Emirati security […]