Ten Humanitarian Workers Abducted In Southwest Niger

This past Wednesday, gunmen abducted 10 humanitarian aid workers in the Tillaberi region of Southwestern Niger. At the time of the abduction, the workers were distributing food to Nigerians, most of whom are plagued by low income, malnutrition, food insecurity, and regional conflict, according to Al Jazeera. The gunmen entered […]

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 […]

Protests Turn Violent In Britain: What Needs To Be Done Differently?

This past week, London experienced a clash of forces as Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists and far-right groups took to the streets to defend their beliefs. The turmoil came a week after BLM supporters in Bristol, England targeted statues honoring those who upheld racist ideals, including that of Edward Colton, […]

Peace At Risk As Israeli Plans Of Annexation Emerge

Israel’s plans of annexing certain parts of the West Bank step by step will be put into action from 1 July 2020. The annexation of 30% of the West Bank, consisting of Israeli settlements, by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is only backed by a minority in the international […]

No Peace Without Women – Ending The Cycle Of Conflict In Afghanistan

On 24 June, the head of Kabul’s negotiation team, Abdullah Abdullah expressed concern over an increase in violence by the Taliban, stating that it presents a challenge in starting peace talks with the group. This development follows a week during which hundreds of security force personnel have been killed in […]

Syria: The Case Against Economic Sanctions

The dire humanitarian situation in Syria is likely to only intensify as a new series of U.S sanctions take effect. Recent legislation enacted by the United States, known as the Caesar Act, will impose the most severe and far-reaching economic sanctions on the war-torn country to date.  The sanctions aim […]

Statehood Will Not Solve American Colonialism

On May 16th, interim governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, announced that her government would hold a non-binding referendum in November to decide whether the territory should become the 51st state in the United States. Should it be carried out – and there is serious doubt as to whether it can […]

U.S. Tightens Syrian Sanctions Through The Caesar Act

In a sweeping move earlier this week, the United States officially imposed a new round of sanctions on the Syrian government—effectively cutting off the already war-torn country from the world economy. The legislation that made this possible, the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, was named in honour of a Syrian […]

Maria Ressa Found Guilty Of Libel 1

On June 15, prominent Filipino journalist Maria Ressa was found guilty of cyber libel by a Manila court. She faces up to six years in prison and was fined 400,000 Philippine pesos ($8,000 USD). Ressa was convicted with Reynaldo Santos Jr., both of whom worked at Rappler, a news site […]

U.N. Rights Body To Examine U.S. Systemic Racism And Police Brutality

As of June 15, 2020, The U.N. Human Rights Council will be following a request by Burkina Faso on behalf of 54 African nations to examine the U.S.’s “systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests,” in response to the killing of George Floyd.  The request specifically cited the […]

China Releases Plan For Hong Kong Security Law

On June 20, the Chinese government released a blueprint for its new national security law. According to a CNN article dated June 21, the bill would allow Chinese officials to establish a national security office in Hong Kong. A Global Times article dated June 20 adds that Hong Kong’s chief […]

Annual U.S.-Led BALTOPS Military Exercises Conducted In Baltic Sea

Earlier this month, the U.S. kicked off the annual BALTOPS military exercises in the Baltic Sea. The BALTOPS is an annual exercise held by United Sates Naval Forces Europe. The exercises normally include naval training, search and rescue exercises, radar testing and tracking, maritime security, and military trials. This year, […]

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. […]

Addressing The Reality Of Police Brutality In The U.K.

The murder of George Floyd by the Minnesota Police department on the 25th May 2020, sparked both nationwide and worldwide protests against racism and the ongoing crisis of police brutality. George Floyd’s tragic murder is tragically, and abhorrently, another example of how black people are failed by the very systems […]

Anger Flare Up Among Indian Protesters Amid Border Clash With China

A surge of resentment crests across India as the nation grapples with the death of 20 soldiers following a high-altitude violent face-off along India’s disputed border area. The deadly incident has enraged many Indian protesters, calling for a boycott of Chinese products by shouting “Boycott China! Boycott China!” as a […]

The Environmental Impact Of War And Conflict: Uganda’s Experience

The relationship between war and conflict, and their environmental threat is long established. In times of war, environmental regulations are often de-prioritized in exchange of the immediate short-term interests of civilians. This results in the unsustainable use of natural resources, harming non-human and long-term human interests alike. Uganda is a […]

U.S. Protests Bring Brazil Racial Inequality To The Fore

U.S. protests trigger outcry about racial discrimination globally. Under this trend, being a country with enormous disparities among races, Brazil is criticised for violating black people’s human rights during the pandemic. The disproportionate death toll of black people is the most recent evidence of Brazil’s racial inequality. According to the […]

The Two Koreas – A Broken Peninsula In Need Of Relief

After hostilities between North and South Korea have begun to escalate in the past few weeks, North Korea has admitted to taking actions to the next level by blowing up an inter-Korean liaison office the two sides shared. This office was a center of communication and a figure of harmony […]