Asia


Turkey Ousts Three Mayors And Arrests Hundreds, Alleging Terrorism

Ominous developments have occurred this week in Turkey, as Reuters reports that the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has moved to oust three Kurdish mayors in the country’s restive southeastern region, alleging links to militant Kurdish separatists. At the same time, police arrested more than four hundred people throughout […]


Saudi Activist Rejects Release Deal

Prominent Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul rejected a deal for her release.  The deal required the women’s rights campaigner to deny being tortured whilst in detention.  Al-Hathloul was arrested last May along with ten other activists as part of a government crackdown on critics.  They were charged with breaking cybercrime laws, […]


U.A.E.-Backed Yemeni Separatists Seize Aden, Driving Out Saudi-Backed Hadi Government

In the week of 7 August, the Yemeni separatist group Southern Transitional Council seized Aden, the temporary capital of Yemen. This event occurred following four days of fighting with Yemeni governmental forces, threatening a rift between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, backers of the STC and the Yemeni […]


U.S. Sanctions Preventing Iranians From Receiving Medicine

The United States’ sanctions have resulted in Iranians scrambling to find life-saving medicine. Trump and his “maximum pressure” campaign has been blamed for the deterioration of health and employment in Iran’s population. While Iran is able to supply more than 90% of their own pharmaceuticals, about 4% of medicine is […]


Myanmar And Bangladesh Agree To Start Repatriation Effort

Last week, the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to begin the process of repatriation of Rohingya Muslims from refugee camps in Bangladesh to the Rakhine State. According to Myint Thu, a spokesman for Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Abdul Hassan Mahmood Ali, a Bangladeshi foreign minister, 3,540 refugees […]


Power Dynamics In Upcoming Taiwanese Elections 1

For the first time in twenty years, China displayed military presence in the Taiwan Strait, flying two J-11 fighter jets across the median line of the strait on 31st March. Citing this incident, The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) expressed concerns of growing tension between the United States, […]