Asia


West Papua Autonomy – Lies, Bullets And Murders

On July 4, 2020, the spokesperson for the National Committee of West Papua (KNB), Victor Yeimo repudiated a unilateral deliberation of the West Papua autonomy bill in Indonesia’s House of Representatives. Indigenous Papuans – the subject of this bill – were not included in the discussion. Sixteen groups in Papua […]


Russian Journalist Escapes Jail Time As Public Pressure Continues To Rise

In a very politicized court case this week, a Russian judge may have set the foundation for a freer Russian media going forward. In the case of Svetlana Prokopyeva, a Russian freelance journalist for the United States funded company Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was found guilty of justifying a recent […]


The Rise Of Anti-Immigrant Views In Turkey

As of July 2020, approximately 3,600,000 Syrians live in Turkey under Temporary Protection status having escaped tyranny in their homeland. Syrians under temporary protection (SuTP), have access to healthcare, education, social services and the labor market. Turkey’s geographical position made it an ideal place of refuge in 2016 when civil […]


The Possible End Of “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong Navigates Its New Reality After China Enacts New Security Law

China’s new security law for Hong Kong has struck the region after legal experts concluded the bill seeks to fundamentally change the region’s legal system. The Beijing-led legislation seeks to criminalize actions of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with extreme punishments. These actions include breaking away from the country, undermining […]


Beijing’s National Security Law In Hong Kong: Will Pro-Democracy Protest Be Possible?

On June 30th, a national security law devised by state officials in Beijing under the President Xi Jinping administration was passed in Hong Kong. For years, Hong Kong has resided in an uncertain state, mainly due to its semiautonomous existence and relationship to the Chinese Communist Party. The territory’s access […]

Protestors wave the Hong Kong colonial flag in front of China's liaison office.

Did Trump Know About Russia And Taliban? What Does That Mean For The Peace Deal?

On June 26th, the New York Times published a report saying U.S. Intelligence and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted the administration in January on the Russian plot to pay bounties on American soldiers. However, the White House and the Director of National Intelligence denied allegations of being informed of […]


Millions Of Hongkongers Now Able To Emigrate Easier Into The United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new rules allowing Hong Kong citizens holding a British National Overseas passport to emigrate into the U.K., in retaliation to a new set of security laws imposed on Hong Kong residents that he deemed undemocratic and unfair. Under the new rules, Hong Kong […]


HK-451

Libraries across Hong Kong have begun clearing their shelves of pro-democracy books. So far, nine titles have been culled from public libraries in the region, including books by young activist Joshua Wong and pro-democracy politician Tanya Chan. The books are under review, to determine whether they comply with Hong Kong’s […]


Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law Approved In The Philippines

Amidst strict quarantine procedures in the Philippines, in which police have been accused of committing abuses, President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 fast-tracked the widely controversial Anti-Terrorism Law. The new law, which is intentionally broad, grants security forces far-reaching powers to arrest and detain suspected individuals without a warrant in […]


North Korea Withdraws From Added Military Pressure On The South

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, has decided to suspend its plans to increase military pressure on its southern neighbor, the Republic of Korea, as ties between the two countries have deteriorated since early June.  The decision comes after a meeting between Supreme Leader Kim […]


Thousands Flee Western Myanmar As Army Plans “Clearing Operations”

Warnings from local administrators have prompted thousands of citizens in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to flee their homes in fear as the country’s army plans “clearance operations” against insurgents in the area.  A government spokesperson later said that the evacuation order had been revoked altogether. Border affairs officials acknowledged that the […]


Israel To Delay Annexation Of West Bank

Israel’s annexation of the West Bank, a process that was expected to begin on July 1st, has been delayed. Under the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former military chief of staff Benny Gantz, Mr. Netanyahu was allowed to start annexation as long as the move had the […]


Seven Papuan Men Found Guilty Of Treason For Anti-Racism Protests

The Balikpapan district court in Indonesia found seven Papuan men guilty of treason. The seven men prosecuted are part of the “Balikpapan Seven” group of West Papuan activists and university students who were arrested last August. They were found guilty for their involvement in anti-racism protests that erupted as a […]


UN Calls For An Increase In Financial Aid, As Syria Faces Potential Mass Starvation

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that food scarcity in Syria will cause either mass starvation or mass migration unless further financial aid is made available. The announcement came in the run-up to the fourth Brussels conference (a major fundraising event), which will meet virtually on the 30th […]


ASEAN Faces Pressure After Indonesian Fishermen Rescue Rohingya Refugees At Sea

On Thursday, June 25, Indonesian fishermen pulled 94 Rohingyas, including 30 children, to shore with the aid of maritime officials from Sumatra Island. Local authorities in the Indonesian province of Aceh had initially refused to take in those who were floating out at sea for five months, citing fears that […]