Author: Robert Wilber

The Continuing Threat Of ISIS In 2018

As 2017 has come to a close, many recognize the defeat of ISIS in the Middle East as one of the most remarkable achievements of the year. While the expulsion of ISIS from Iraq and Syria is an admirable feat, it does not mean they are no longer a threat.

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Saudi Arabia May Go Nuclear After Recent Attack

On the 19th of December, Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile toward residential areas of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  The missile was intercepted and there were no casualties. This is not the first time that Houthi rebels have fired on Saudi Arabia this year.  However, this attack seems to

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Iraq And Syria After ISIS

On December 9th 2017, the Iraqi military declared victory over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The battle against ISIS has lasted several years and there has been excessive loss of life and property. This declaration from the Iraqi military is a sign of progress in a region

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Pakistan Hopes Army Can End Protests

The Pakistani government mobilized military forces in response to growing violence among protesters blocking the Faizabad Interchange.  Reports confirm two dead and at least 250 injured in demonstrations that began in early November.  Protesters are calling for Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid to step down from his position for

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Myanmar: The Rohingya, The Army, And Aung San Suu Kyi

The Myanmar Army has cleared itself of all blame related to the Rohingya crisis after an internal investigation, further denying claims that soldiers killed any Rohingya people or abused any of their women.  The Rohingya, an ethnic minority in the country, have been fleeing to Bangladesh for safety since the

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Putin Opens Memorial To Stalin’s Victims

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a memorial wall to victims of Stalinist purges on October 30th. Calling it the “Wall of Grief,” he reaffirmed that history cannot repeat itself in the country. However, the BBC reported that many of Putin’s critics believed his comments to be hypocritical. The President has

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Iraq Rebuffs Tillerson Over Militias

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has demanded that the Iraqi government disband Iran-sponsored militias in the country. BBC reported that the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, strongly disagrees, calling the militias the “hope of Iraq and the region.” These militias were necessary when the Islamic State took key areas

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WHO Appoints And Removes Robert Mugabe As Goodwill Ambassador

On October 18, 2017, Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, was appointed goodwill ambassador for non-communicable diseases in Africa by the World Health Organization (WHO). Four days later, CNN reported that Mugabe was removed from this position amid outcry from human rights activists. Many of those in opposition to the

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U.S. Dismissed North Korean War Allegations

Following a tweet by President Donald Trump, North Korean officials have alleged that the United States declared war on their country. The tweet, in which Trump says North Korea “won’t be around much longer,” has been brushed off by U.S. representatives as posturing. The reality is that Congress has yet

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