Official Acknowledgement Of Public Outrage At Gender-Based Violence Needed In South Africa, Nigeria

Civilians in South Africa and Nigeria have met rises in gender-based violence during the COVID-19 lockdown with waves of indignation and fury. In recent weeks, South Africa has experienced a series of deeply disturbing femicides, thrusting the issue into the public spotlight and leading to the hashtag #StopKillingWomen trending on […]

An anti-femicide demonstration in Cape Town.

A stone angel statue. She's draped over something, as if weeping.

New Wave Of Ethnic Violence Strikes In Nigeria

Dozens of Nigerians were killed over the course of several days this past week during targeted attacks against non-Muslim minorities. On July 19th and 20th, attacks were made by radical Muslims of Fulani ethnicity in southern Kaduna. A few days later, the attacks repeated, this time targeting the small village […]

Protesters Demand The Reopening Of Border Crossing Between Pakistan And Afghanistan

In the town of Chaman in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, violence between protesters and police has recently led to the deaths of at least four citizens and the wounding of twenty-eight others. The violence, which began on Thursday, is said to have begun as a result of the recent […]

Record Number Of Environmental Activists Killed In 2019

A recent report published by the human rights and environmental advocacy organization Global Witness has shown that a record number of 212 environmental activists and land defenders were killed in 2019.  Colombia, the Philippines, and Brazil were ranked as the countries with the highest number of deaths. 50 activists were […]

Israeli And Hezbollah Forces Clash Again After Gunfire Exchanged Along Lebanese Border

The tension between Israel and Hezbollah has flared up again as the two groups reportedly exchanged gunfire on Monday, July 27th, 2020 along the Lebanese border. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), three to five Hezbollah soldiers crossed the border and entered Israeli territory by “a few meters” armed […]

Israel’s Annexation Of The West Bank – Will It Still Happen?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation deadline of July 1st came and went, having not received the green light from the U.S. administration. In January, President Trump announced a ‘deal of the century’, a Middle East peace plan that Palestinians deem to be constructed on Netanyahu’s desk. The […]

Poland Leaves Treaty Aimed At Preventing Violence Against Women

Poland is currently facing criticism after announcing its intentions to pull out of a pan-European convention combating violence against women. On Saturday, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced that Poland would begin to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, according to the state-run Polish Press Agency, primarily due to the convention violating […]

Bosnia Marks 25th Anniversary Of Srebrenica Genocide

11th July this year marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide that took place during the Bosnian war. The genocide was the worst tragedy in Europe since World War II. A memorial service took place just outside Srebrenica, where the remains of nine recently discovered bodies from the mass […]

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 […]

Uncertain Peace In Ethiopia Following Deadly Protests, Officials Estimate Doubled Death Toll

Ethiopia’s government said on Sunday that over 166 people were killed in the course of anti-government protests that erupted in the country last week. The state’s capital and other protest hotspots remain under heavy guard by security forces. After the protests began, the government also instituted a blanket internet shutdown […]

A New Approach To Conflict Resolution In Somalia

Five people are dead, and 10 have been injured from a land mine detonated in a restaurant in Baidoa on July 4th. This has happened after al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing carried out last month on a Turkish military base in Mogadishu. An armed vehicle sped through a […]

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.

The Mission To Find Mexico’s Disappeared Threatened By Government Cuts

In Mexico, funding cuts that are a part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic threaten efforts to search for the over 61,000 disappeared persons in the country. The government body known as the Commission for Assistance to Victims (CEAV) faces significant cuts, which could be as high as […]

COVID-19, Violence Against Women, And Femicide In Latin America

Restrictions on staying at home, as well as other measures that limit the free transit of people, have caused an increase in gender-based violence in Latin America. For millions of women around the globe, the measures that force them to stay at home to protect them against COVID-19 are otherwise […]

Systemic Gender-Based Violence In South Africa

The gruesome murders of women witnessed by South Africa in the last few weeks has acted as a disturbing signal of the gender-based violence plaguing this country. South Africa has experienced a surge in rapes and killings of women with three high-profile cases sparking campaigns on Twitter. The first was Tshegofatso Pule. […]

Fatal Border Clash Between China And India Brings Historical Tensions To A High

The Issue A violent confrontation between Chinese and Indian troops in the Himalayan region of Ladakh on Monday has led to the deaths of at least 20 Indian soldiers and international concern regarding heightened inter-state tensions. In what Al Jazeera reports to be the deadliest clash in almost 50 years, […]

Military Drones: Geopolitical Toys Or The Replacement For Boots On The Ground?

When one thinks of drones, images of an American MQ-9 Reaper drone flying over somewhere in the Middle East are often the first to appear in one’s mind. The reality is that the global market for defence drones is far wider-reaching. Last week, I wrote about the Trump administration’s push […]