COVID-19 And The Decline Of Global Civic Freedom

Across the world, the state of civil liberties has declined throughout COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent study.  In their annual review, Civicus Monitor, a global alliance of civil society groups, found that 87% of the world’s population is now living in countries deemed to be ‘closed’, ‘repressed’ or ‘obstructed’ […]

Ethiopia and Sudan Hold Talks Amid Border Clash 2

In December, border negotiations between Ethiopia and Sudan ended without concrete results. The frontier between the two countries has been unclear since 1902, as Sudan has claimed 250 square kilometres of land that has been occupied by Ethiopian farmers. While it has hardly triggered any serious conflict over the last […]

Holding President Trump Accountable

Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, and Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate leader, have asked Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump’s cabinet to remove the president using the 25th Amendment for his role in inciting insurrection. If Vice-President Pence does not do so, the Democrats are planning on introducing articles […]

Seoul Demands Release Of Tanker Seized By Iran

At the beginning of January, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a South Korean tanker in Gulf waters and detained its crew. The incident comes amid rising tensions between Iran and South Korea concerning Iranian oil assets that were frozen in South Korean banks as a result of U.S. sanctions against […]

Azerbaijani Soldier Killed In Armenian Attack, Breaching Ceasefire

An Azerbaijani soldier was killed, and another wounded, in an Armenian attack in late December 2020, furthering tensions between the two countries over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claims it will respond accordingly if Armenian soldiers continue with these deadly attacks, says Al Jazeera. Despite the Azerbaijani Defense […]

Germany To Iran: Don’t Waste Chance For Rapprochement With U.S.

At a panel convened to discuss the state of the Iran nuclear deal, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged Iran to take advantage of the opportunity presented by a new American presidential administration to re-enter diplomatic talks over its nuclear program. Maas’ overture comes as the virtual panel brought together […]

Capitol Hill Riots: The Tragic Trump Legacy

On the 6th of January, the world stood still and watched Capitol Hill was stormed by a mob in an attempt to overturn the result of democratic elections. This is the final moment that represents the legacy of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. A violent […]

The Humanitarian Cost Of Trumpism

“Has ambition so eclipsed principle?” A pertinent, and increasingly unfathomable, question currently being asked by many, both within the US political system and without.

UN Rights Chief ‘Appalled’ By The Execution Of Iranian Dissident

On Saturday December 12, dissident Iranian journalist Ruhollah Zam was executed by hanging in Iran, according to state television IRIB. United Nations Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, voiced outrage at Iran’s execution of the media activist and opposition figure. “I am appalled at the execution in Iran on 12 December […]

Abortion Bill Passes In Argentina

The Senate in Argentina voted 38-29 on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 to approve a bill to legalize abortion. The law legalizes abortion for all cases of pregnancy for up to 14 weeks, which represents a significant shift from the status quo, which only allowed abortion in cases of rape or […]

The Lessons of the Trump Presidency and the U.S. Nuclear Posture

The events on Capitol Hill on January 6, during the ongoing Congressional certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s November election victory, stirred dismay across the world. Lieutenant General S. Clinton Hinote, a Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Air Force, likened the chaotic storming of Washington’s iconic seat of power […]

Israel As A Settler-Colonial State

When creating a Jewish state, Israel aimed to have a Jewish-majority demographic and displaced the Palestinian population; from this perspective, Israel-Palestine can be considered a settler-colonial society. However, in current times, the conflict has hardened into a clash of nationalisms paradigm, as Israel has already settler-colonized the area and now […]

Attack On Yemen Airport Kills Dozens, Injures Hundreds More

A missile attack on Aden International Airport left over 25 people dead and hundreds more injured, following a series of explosions targeting Yemeni cabinet ministers. The December 30th attack occurred shortly after the arrival of a plane carrying the newly formed government cabinet, who were all safe. While there has […]