January2018


One Step Closer To Peace In Syria: Constitutional Committee Formed

After almost two years of discussions, and a more than eight-year conflict in Syria, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on 23 September the formation of a Syrian constitutional committee. However, the director and spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mustafa Bali, commented to a special UN envoy […]


Losing the Race on Climate Change: Antonio Guterres Plea for Action

During a speech at the Davos forum, United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres warned about the ongoing race with climate change that has already impacted several nations across the world. He said that the world was “losing the race” and demanded that governments act with a greater commitment towards the issue. […]


Khashoggi Murder Trial Begins, But Answers Still Far from Reach

The shocking murder of 59-year-old Jamal Khashoggi on 2 October 2018 continues to cause significant repercussions for both the political relationships and international image of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has fallen into its most dire diplomatic crisis to date, and the character of leader Crown Prince Mohammed […]


A New Dawn For Sub-Saharan Africa, Or More Authoritarianism?

The overthrow of Robert Mugabe in November 2017 marked another upheaval in the tortured history of democratic transition in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The end of Mugabe’s thirty-year regime has been met with tempered optimism by democratic activists. Yet, even as people celebrate Mugabe’s overthrow, others are concerned that his successor, Emmerson […]


Libyan Migration And The EU’s ‘Policy Of Containment’

On Friday, CNN uncovered a video of Sudanese migrants kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Libya. The video showed victims being whipped while they begged their families to send money for their freedom.  After strong pressure from social media, Libyan Special Forces intervened and arrested four men found at the location and freed […]


Qatar – UN Report Proof That Saudi-Led Blockade Illegal

An Al Jazeera news report quoted Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri, the head of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), as calling the blockade of its country by neigbouring states an act of “economic warfare.” A new United Nations (UN) report on the blockade’s effects has demonstrated as well that the […]


Thousands Displaced In Land Dispute In Chiapas, Mexico

Since late October 2017, a territorial conflict over lands in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has escalated rapidly, resulting in the forced displacement of more than 5,000 inhabitants of Chalchihuitan, according to Human Rights Watch. The conflict centres around a territorial dispute between the neighbouring Tzotzil communities of Chalchihuitan […]


The Illusion Of Democratic Peace In Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 50 years since the process of independence began in the African continent – at the height of the Cold War – the discussion of democratic peace still looms. Scholars, governments and concerned citizens alike contemplate the implementation of democratization throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which is heavily influenced by the […]


Pope’s Peruvian Peace Effort And Advocating for Mapuche Rights Undermined By His Slander Statement In Chile

On Thursday January 18th, Pope Francis arrived in internally conflicted Peru. The country has been disrupted by violent protests since the Christmas Eve pardoning of former President Alberto Fujimori from his 25-year corruption sentence on medical grounds. Current President Pablo Kuczynski had hoped, according to the BBC, that the Pope would […]


The Brewing Proxy War In Northeastern Africa

In rapid-fire succession, a series of events appears to be pushing much of Northeastern Africa inexorably closer to a region-wide conflict. Within hours of each other, Sudan closed their border with neighbouring Eritrea and declared a popular mobilization, seemingly foretelling a war between the two nations. Ultimately, the roots of […]


Ethiopia, Human Rights Violations, And The Release Of Political Prisoners

On January 3, 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, announced plans to free political prisoners, among them being politicians, terrorists, and those who support the ethnic minorities within the country. “Politicians currently under prosecution and those previously sentenced will either have their cases annulled or be pardoned,” AFP news agency […]


Political Deadlock: Gnassingbe vs. Togo.

In his New Year’s address, given on January 3rd, the President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo spoke directly to the public for the first time since large-scale protests against his rule began in August 2017. In his first message, he reiterated his government’s official stance of dialogue and negotiations with the protesters […]