Shaking the Foundations of Technology: The Earthquake In Taiwan And Its Global Security Implications

The recent 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan on April 3, 2024, demonstrated the complex relationship between natural disasters, technology manufacturing, and global peace and security. This seismic event occurred off Taiwan’s east coast (Hualien), killing 9 people, injuring approximately 1,000 others, and causing major damage to buildings and infrastructure, including semiconductor

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Putin’s Russia: Consolidating Power And Threatening Peace

On March 18th, Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn wrote that 87.8% of the votes with a turnout of 74.22% will allow President Vladimir Putin to overtake Joseph Stalin, becoming Russia’s longest-serving leader for more than 200 years. The elections held between March 15th and 17th 2024 saw three other candidates:

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Haiti On The Verge Of Catastrophe As Violence Plunges Nation Into Chaos

Since late February, Haiti has seen its worst month of violence since fighting began in the Caribbean country in 2019. What originally began as a protest over assassinated President Jovenel Moise’s delay in relinquishing power has now transformed into a conflict that has triggered nationwide chaos. Violence in the last

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Arson Plagues Southern Thailand Amidst Peace Talks

On March 22, 2024, the southern Thai provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and Songkhla were hit by a series of arson attacks, targeting numerous shops, cars, utility poles, and public and private buildings. These were carried out by suspected separatist groups throughout different locations, resulting in severe damage and even

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A New Challenge For Digital Giant TikTok

The recent vote on March 13th in the American House of Representatives against TikTok marks a milestone in the debate surrounding the popular video-sharing platform. With a resounding 352 votes (out of 435) in favour, the House passed bipartisan legislation which aims to force ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, to divest

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Algeria’s Hirak Movement: Struggles, Repression, and Hope for Change

Since February 2019, protests have continued in Algeria led by the HIrak movement. The movement was born on 22 February 2019, protesting against the candidacy of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in particular against the possibility that the president could run for his fifth term. These protests were helpful, as they led to

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The Unseen Costs of China’s Fishing Dominance

China is the undisputed leader in fisheries. It has been strengthening its presence in the seas in terms of fishing for years. The China National Fisher Corporation (CNFC) is the largest deep-sea fishing company in the world. It reached 2,269 million tons of seafood products in 2020. The government plays

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Javier Milei Shuts Down Team News Agency

On the 2nd March 2024, Argentine President Javier Gerardo Milei, in office for only four months and known for his critical stance towards journalists, bluntly announced the closure of Argentina’s historic news agency Telam, one of the most important in Latin America with a 78-year history. Telam, founded in 1945,

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Rohingya’s Fate

On November the 23rd 2023, a boat filled with Rohingya refugees landed on the Indonesian coast, specifically in the Aceh region. This does not represent an out-of-the ordinary event: every year, thousands of Rohingya risk their lives by undertaking long and costly sea journeys, often aboard boats in poor condition,

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War Crimes and the Myanmar Conflict

On the 27th of October 2023, military operation 1027 was launched by the Three Brotherhood Alliance, a military coalition composed of three ethnic armed organizations in Myanmar: the Arakan Army (AA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), allied with other anti-junta forces in the

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Pegasus Spyware Against Journalists in India

An investigation by the Amnesty International organization has revealed the use of Pegasus spyware by the Indian government, especially against their journalists. Pegasus is a spyware developed by the Israeli cyber weapons company NSO Group that can be secretly installed on mobile phones running most versions of iOS and Android.

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Pakistan’s Dilemma Between National Security And Human Rights

On October the 4th, the Pakistani government announced that undocumented immigrants in the country were to voluntarily leave the country by November the 1st, 2023. If these did not leave the country by the stipulated date, they would be deported by the Pakistani government. In addition, the latter threatened fines

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Healthcare Crisis: Junior Doctors’ Strike in England

One of the longest strikes by health workers began in England on Wednesday 3 January. In particular, the strike was called by “junior doctors”, i.e. a doctor who, after graduating from medical school, begins a training period that can last from 8 to 12 years. It was announced that the

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UK Forcibly Transfers Asylum Seekers in Rwanda

The House of Commons of the British Parliament passed a bill proposing to forcibly transfer asylum seekers arriving in the UK from anywhere to Rwanda. An asylum claim will then be assessed in Rwanda. If the asylum claim is assessed positively, they will be allowed to live in the United

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Fatma al-Arwali’s Unfair Trial

Fatma al-Arwali, a woman human rights activist, was arrested by the Houthi authorities in August 2022 on charges of providing aid to an enemy country. The Houthis are an armed group in Yemen. As of 2020, they control two-thirds of Yemen’s territory, home to some 33 million people. The Yemeni

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Junta In Myanmar Upholds Law Requiring Mandatory Military Duty

  Tensions in Myanmar are rising once again. On February 10, 2024, the military junta decided to enforce a 2010 law imposing compulsory military service. According to “The People’s Military Service Law,” all men aged 18-35 and all women aged 18-27 are required to serve for at least two years,

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