Mali Looks To Russian Mercenaries For Security

Mali’s ruling military junta is poised to sign a security deal with a supposed Russian private military contractor (PMC). The Wagner Group, to which the Russian state denies affinity, has been accused of mercenary involvement in conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, and eastern Europe. Now, the Russian PMC is

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UN Security Council Encourages Resumption Of Nile River Talks

The UN Security Council encouraged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to resume negotiations on the contentious issue of water availability from the dam that the Ethiopians are building on the Blue Nile tributary of the Nile River. The statement, approved by all council members, said tripartite negotiations should resume at the invitation of

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North Korean Missile Tests And East Asian Stability

On 11 and 12 September North Korea successfully tested long-range cruise missiles. The missiles were launched ahead of a trilateral meeting between United States, Japanese, and South Korean officials to discuss the DPRK’s stalled denuclearization. They flew 1,500km before plummeting into the ocean. On the 15th,, the DPRK fired-off two ballistic

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A Neo-Nazi March In Madrid: The Rise of Fascism In Spain

On Saturday, September 18, around 200 neo-nazis took to the streets of the historically-gay neighbourhood of Chueca in Madrid to harass gay people living there. Supposedly organized to protest the recently released plans for sustainable development in Spain, the 2030/2050 Agendas, the “protest” quickly devolved into homophobic and racist attacks,

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Three Protestors Killed In South Yemen

On September 15, 2021, three people were killed during violent protests in different cities in Yemen. These protests are linked to widespread poverty and electricity outages since public services have collapsed within areas controlled by the Saudi-backed alliance. Two of the protestors died in Aden and Mukalla when tensions turned

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Donors Pledge $1.1 Billion For “Collapsing” Afghanistan

Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, more than half the population is suffering from starvation and poverty. With a healthcare system on the brink of collapse, food shortages, and malnourishment rising, Afghans need urgent aid. The World Food Programme stated that over half of Afghanistan’s population currently lives under

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A New Strategic Partnership In The Indo-Pacific

Last Thursday, September 16th, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison jointly announced the launch of the AUKUS trilateral security partnership with the U.S. and U.K. This agreement is a watershed moment for Australian defence strategies in the Indo-Pacific. It marks a dramatic shift from John Howard’s doctrine of “not having to

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President Macron Recognizes France’s Role In Rwandan Genocide

During a visit to Kigali, Rwanda, French president Emmanuel Macron stated that France acknowledged its role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which resulted in the deaths of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus. The acknowledgment came during a speech made May 27th, on the genocide’s 27th anniversary, at the Kigali Genocide

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Gun Violence And The Right To Life

Gun violence is a tragedy that many have lived through in their daily lives or encountered an incident including gun violence as a child. It is not just the terror of experiencing an attack but the experience of being stripped of the right to live. The perpetrators of gun violence

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LGBTQ+ South Koreans In Need Of Anti-Discrimination Law

On September 14, 2021, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released an article calling attention to the discrimination and bullying of LGBTQ+ youth in South Korea. Accounts from LGBTQ+ students show that stigma surrounding non-heteronormative identities in South Korean society has caused great disadvantage. This stigma has taken a toll on their

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In Slovakia, Pope Warns European Countries Against Being Self-centred

The Pope emphasized the importance of the common good and humility on Monday during his visit to Slovakia, referring to the country’s communist past. His speech aimed to oppose the increased nationalistic attitude and hatred towards immigrants that are currently on the rise across Eastern Europe. Pope Francis gave a

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North Korean Missile Tests: Methods of De-escalation

This past week has marked one of the most eventful in months for North Korean (D.P.R.K.) nuclear activity: the country has successfully launched two long-range missiles, and recent satellite images show the expansion of a uranium plant at its main nuclear complex. These are clear indications of intent to boost

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Czech Republic Set to Sign $395 Million Defense Contract

The government of the Czech Republic is set to sign a $395.6 million contract with the French defense group known as Nexter Systems. According to Reuters, the contract includes the purchase of 52 new CAESAR (8 x 8 155 mm) artillery pieces that will replace Soviet-era howitzers. Reuters also reports

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Lithuania to Fence Stretch of Belarus Border By April

Last month, the Lithuanian government announced plans to fence off a 70-mile stretch of their border with Belarus to keep out migrants. Reuters has reported that 4,100 migrants, mainly from Central Asia and the Middle East, have entered Lithuania. These migrants have arrived from the Belarusian side, and the European

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New Zealand’s Second Lockdown A Tough But Right Call

On 17 August New Zealand’s Prime Minister informed the public that the country would be going into full lockdown, alert level 4, after a case of Covid-19 (later found to be the more transmissible Delta variant) was identified in the community outside of managed isolation. Although the initial time period

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Biden Threatens New Sanctions As Conflict In Ethiopia’s Tigray Worsens

President Biden announced new sanctions against the prolonged fighting and humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia. This Friday, an executive order was signed to allow the U.S. Treasury and State Department to sanction parties involved in the crisis if they do not soon take any steps to stop the violence, according

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