Samadhi Pelenda


The Shooting Of Tanzania’s Opposition MP

On September 7, 2017, one of Tanzania’s opposition members of parliament was shot at his residence by a number of unknown attackers in the administrative capital of Tanzania. Tundu Lissu has long been regarded as a fierce oppositional candidate and an open critic of the government. Although Lissu was shot […]


Congo’s Delayed Elections

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were initially set to be held on the 26th of November in 2016. However, after the Congo’s current president, Joseph Kabila, made a statement last year that an election would be held in 2017, it seems that this promise will not be […]


The Second Round Of NAFTA Talks

The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, was an agreement between the United States and Canada that commenced in 1989. In 1991, Mexico entered a bilateral agreement with the U.S, which Canada joined in 1994. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, “tariffs were eliminated progressively […]


Brussels Knife Attack

On Friday, August 25, a Belgium man was shot dead by soldiers after having run at them brandishing a machete. The extent of the injuries was a wounded hand and face of two soldiers, while the 30-year-old perpetrator was taken to the hospital before he died. The Belgian man was of […]


Nepal’s Passport Recognition Of A Third Gender

In 2015, the Nepalese government passed legislation to allow citizens to identify as a third gender on the national passport, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling in the country. Much like in Pakistan and India, Nepal is one of the South Asian countries that are allowing formal recognition for members […]


The Legitimacy Of The Rwandan Election

On the 5th of August, Rwanda’s electoral commission announced that President Paul Kagame won his third term in office following having received 98.63% of the votes. Many believe that Kagame’s fierce levels of support come from having overseen the end of the Rwandan genocide. Rwanda is a small landlocked country […]


AlphaBay And The Increasing Cyber Threats To International Security

AlphaBay, one of the largest and most notorious dark web marketplaces, was shut down in a US led operation on July 5th of this year. As reported by SBS News, this marketplace sold a wide range of items, from Australian Medicare Card numbers, priced around $30 per number, to illegal […]


The Efforts Of Venezuela’s ‘Green Cross’

The New York Times recently reported that there have been at least 90 casualties since the demonstrations against Venezuela’s present government began in April, and one of the organizations at the centre of Venezuela’s relief efforts is the ‘Green Cross’. This organization is comprised of young doctors and medical students who […]


Sri Lanka’s Dengue Death Toll Reaches 225 1

In the last year, Sri Lanka has witnessed its worst outbreak of the dengue virus, a mosquito-borne viral disease. The World Heath Organization (WHO) states that countries with tropical and sub-tropical climates are particularly vulnerable to the dengue virus. Recent reports by the WHO have indicated that the spread of […]


Nearly 600 People Have Died Of Cholera In Yemen 2

A statement recently published by UNICEF on the 2nd of June has reported that there have been almost 600 deaths caused by an outbreak of Cholera in Yemen. The most recent report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that the death toll has risen to 681 in […]