Author: Sarah Hesson

Venezuela: A Crisis Of Power?

The Crisis Venezuela has descended into a state of chaos with violent demonstrations and protests from angered Venezuelans. Instead of allowing peaceful and meaningful protests to occur, the government responded harshly with smoldering barricades and tear gas, leaving bloodied demonstrators in their wake. At least 37 people have been killed

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Overwhelming Generousity In The Pacific

A joint New Zealand Herald and World Vision effort to raise funds for those living in the remote Pacific has raised $216,000 to the Hidden Pacific campaign. The New Zealand Herald journalists Kirsty Johnston and Mike Scott, and World Vision ambassador Clarke Gayford travelled to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands to

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Syria: Chemical Weapons Have Crossed A Line

President Donald Trump made an implicit threat to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, following the distressing gas attack in Idlib, Syria that killed 72 people. On Tuesday 4 of April, the Syrian government dropped bombs throughout the night, which contained a toxic chemical – amounting to a war crime under United

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M-103: A Step Forward Or A Step Back For Canada?

In Canada, the House of Commons has passed a motion calling on politicians to condemn Islamophobia. On March 23 the members of parliament adopted the motion, known as M-103, by a margin of 201 for the motion to 91 against the motion. This motion became a matter of bitter debate as the opposition depicted the

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A Rise in Turkey-Netherland Tensions

A row between Turkey and the Netherlands has escalated as a Turkish minister was prevented from entering the Turkish embassy in Rotterdam on 10 March. Family Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayin Kaya posted on Twitter that she was stopped 30m outside of the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. The minister’s landing

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Putting The ‘Hate’ In Hate Crimes

On Friday, a Sikh man was told, “Go back to your own country,” before being shot in the arm in his driveway outside of Seattle. Deep Rai, the 39-year-old victim, was working on his car in his driveway on Friday night when he was approached by a man he did

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The Stark Reality Behind The Child Soldiers Of Somalia

A United Nations Security Council Report on Children and Armed Conflict, published in January 2017, revealed that 6,200 children were recruited over a six-year period as child soldiers in Somalia. Children as young as nine years of age are taught how to use weapons and sent to the frontline to use

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A New Approach To The Ongoing South China Sea Disputes

The Issue Rival nations have grappled over territory in the South China Sea for decades, but tensions have steadily risen in recent years. China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims over the Paracel and Spratly islands. This is a dispute over territory and sovereignty which coincides

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The Forgotten Millions: The Return To Juba, South Sudan

Thousands of internally displaced people will be returning to their homes in Juba, South Sudan in the coming weeks. Since the conflict that divided Sudan in December 2013, 2.1 million Sudanese people have been displaced and over 1.5 million have fled South Sudan. The Popular Committee for Peace-building urged the

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French Election Campaign Echoes Trump-Like Policies

The far-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, propelled her election campaign through anti-immigration, anti-globalization and “France First” policies during the weekend. Donald Trump’s US election win and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union stirred similar discontentment throughout France. Le Pen has undoubtedly depicted herself as the anti-establishment, anti-elite and

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Astana Peace Plan: A Peaceful Solution to Syria?

There has been recent progress regarding the prolonged Syrian conflict that has surprisingly inferred a more peaceful approach. The Astana Peace Plan held in Astana, Kazakhstan on January 23-24 2017, was an attempt to strengthen the frail ceasefire in Syria that was set in motion in December 2016. The Astana

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