Author: William Rampe

Battle Of Bakhmut: Russia’s Mercenaries Line War Profiteers’ Pockets

Amid a Russian-declared ceasefire marking Orthodox Christmas, Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Russian mercenary company Wagner Group, called for Russian and Wagner forces to capture the city of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s Donbas region because of the logistical benefits of its “underground cities.” The Wagner Group has contributed a significant number

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Rwanda: Why Development Is Not Enough

On September 21st, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, speaking to the United Nations General Assembly, advocated for international cooperation to promote global health and public-private partnerships to create technology jobs involving artificial intelligence across Africa. Kagame’s claim, “the future is digital,” mirrors his past attempts to anticipate new opportunities for Rwanda’s

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U.S. Sends Two Ships Through Taiwan Strait

Less than a month after U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, the U.S. Navy sent the warships USS Chancellorsville and USS Antietam through the Taiwan Strait. The U.S. considers the strait international waters, a claim that China disputes, and has conducted other freedom of navigation manoeuvres in

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Zelensky Calls On U.S. To Declare Russia A Terrorist State

In a July 30th address where he implored Ukrainian residents of Donetsk to flee their homes amidst intense Russian attacks in the province, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also called on the U.S. State Department to recognize the Russian government as a terrorist state. Zelensky’s plea comes as support grows in

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Liberating Snake Island Is Not Enough To Ensure Global Food Security

Snake Island, an island captured by Russia on the first day of its invasion of Ukraine, was abandoned by Russian forces on June 30th. Ukraine’s southern operational command claimed to have caused “significant losses” on Snake Island from its strikes, while the Russian Defense Ministry stated that the withdrawal was

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Iran’s Failure To Report Nuclear Sites Inhibits Negotiations

In a report viewed by Reuters on May 30th, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claimed that Iran failed to sufficiently explain the existence of three undeclared sites, Marivan, Varamin, and Turquzabad, that house uranium particles. Iran called for the IAEA to end its investigation into the sites, an issue

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Ukraine-Russia War Brings Modern Warfare To Historic Altitudes

Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin elucidated his view of Ukrainian statehood. He said, “Modern Ukraine was entirely and fully created by Russia, more specifically the Bolshevik, communist Russia. This process began practically immediately after the 1917 revolution, and moreover Lenin and his associates did it

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Turkey Strikes Kurdish Militants in Northern Iraq

On April 18th, Turkey launched airstrikes and engaged in a cross-border land offensive against militants of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) militia groups in northern Iraq. The attack targeted sites ranging from camps to ammunition storage in the Iraqi regions of Metina, Zap,

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G20 chair Indonesia proposes standardized health requirements for travel

On March 28th, Indonesia proposed the standardization of COVID-19-related health requirements for traveling to the members of the group of 20 major economies (G20). According to Setiaji Setiaji, an aide to the Indonesian Health Ministry, this proposal includes the creation of a global website able to verify the vaccination status

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