Author: Sulithi Dewendra

Refugees: Pawns On The Chessboard Of Australasia Politics?

Newly elected New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden recently offered to welcome 150 Manus Island and Nauru detainees. The offer comes in response to Australia’s decision to close the detention centres on the 31st October, rendering hundreds of refugees confused and distressed. While the Australian government has proposed alternative accommodation

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Switzerland Donates $1.3 Billion To The EU

On November 23, 2017, the Swiss Confederation pledged to donate $1.3 billion in development aid to the European Union. The funds are proposed to target and address social inequalities in Europe, a plan that would serve Switzerland’s long-term national and economic interests. The donation will be spread over a ten-year

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An Impending End To The Mugabe Dynasty

Over thirty years after independence, thousands of Zimbabweans have gathered at the Zimbabwe grounds to protest President Robert Mugabe’s reign. The site is symbolic, as it was these same grounds that citizens gathered at to celebrate liberation from white minority rule, and welcome Mugabe into power after his exile in

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Nations Wavering In Their Efforts To Address Climate Change

The Syrian Arab Republic has signed the Paris Climate Accord, or Paris Agreement, announcing their commitment to the multilateral agreement at the COP 23 UN climate summit. In doing so, Syria has left the United States as the only nation state not participating in the treaty. The Paris Accord was

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Mosques Bombed In Afghanistan In The Midst Of Friday Prayer

Two Afghan mosques have been targeted in a recent attack, killing over 60 individuals and injuring almost 90 others during their Friday prayers. A Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in the western Ghor province were shelled by two suicide bombers. The Islamic State of Khorason Province (ISKP),

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Raqqa Recaptured

Celebrations have begun in Raqqa, Syria after the Islamic State’s (IS) stronghold on the region has been withdrawn. Kurdish forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by U.S. militia, are responsible for the recapturing, and have rightfully raised their flags across the province. The groups have been combatting IS

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Interstate Women’s Peace March

Approximately five thousand Israeli and Palestinian women have united to march by the shores of the Jordan River to promote a simple message: peace. After two weeks of continuous marches, a ‘peace tent’ was erected to concrete their message. The marchers, from the Women Wage Peace group, are committed to

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13 Years Later: UN Bids Farewell To Haiti

After thirteen years, the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti has come to an end, with a symbolic blue flag descent from the territory. Haiti represented the world’s poorest country in 2004, with no evidence of a stable political regime. The UN established the project in an attempt to restore

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Prospective Independence For Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan has been granted an independence referendum despite significant opposition from government bodies. President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani has scheduled the vote for September 25. Following a century of violence and conflict, the vote is a huge step in the creation an autonomous Kurdish state.

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Bangladesh Welcomes Rohingya Muslims

Often described as the world’s most persecuted minority, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing to Bangladesh. The mass movement comes after Myanmar’s armed forces (Tatmadaw) were granted increased powers September 2017 to launch clearance operations. In what appears to be a beacon of hope for the Rohingya, Prime

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Dreams Shattered: Trump Rescinds DACA

On Tuesday the 5th of September, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the “Dreamers’ Program,” a move engineered by President Donald Trump. The program, officially named the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), was an initiative by the Obama administration intended to aid young immigrants gaining protection

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A Win For Civil Rights?

On Saturday, the 19th of August, approximately fifteen thousand individuals assembled in Boston to resist the recent onslaught of neo-Nazism spurring from an incident in Charlottesville earlier this month. Some twenty-five conservatives had gathered in Boston Common Park to exercise their constitutional liberties in a ‘free speech rally.’ They were

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