China’s Smothered and Silenced: The Plight of the Uighurs

The interviewee has requested anonymity. He will be referred to under the pseudonym Asahd in this article. Finding out that your brother has been detained by the authorities in an act of sinicization is not easy. In late March of this year, Asahd, who lives abroad, received a cryptic call from an employee of his…

South Sudan’s Seemingly Unending War

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011 to become an independent, sovereign nation. However two years later, in December 2013, disagreements between two former rebel leaders Riek Machar and President Salvar Kirr plunged the nation into what would become a seemingly unending civil war. South Sudan has two main sides of political divide: SPLM,…

Kurdistan: A History of the Middle-East’s Largest Quasi-State

Who are the Kurds? In the Middle East, scattered amongst Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, lives the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region: the Kurds. Inhabiting the mountainous regions along the borders corresponding roughly to the Zagros and Taurus ranges, they are united by race, culture and language, but despite their strong ethnic character and…

Educating Ourselves In Singapore’s Educational Model

A country’s long-term success is only as good as its educational programs. No nation can succeed in bettering itself without an educational system that strives to empower its youth with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to replace, and perhaps even surpass, its previous generation. With this in mind, the analysis of the world’s best…

Yes, This is America: Opinion

It seems that the past year since Donald Trump got into office, one specific mantra has been repeated over and over again by citizens of the United States. Every time the Trump Administration takes a hit from the general public for a despicable piece of policy––from banning refugees from Muslim-majority countries to an unwavering commitment…

Armenia: The Road to Democracy in Post-Soviet Caucasus

A Crisis in Armenia: The Fight for Democracy Recently, the mountainous former Soviet nation of Armenia has been heavily featured on mainstream media, mainly due to the country’s wave of protests against its now former prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, led by the opposition’s leader, Nikol Pashinyan. The protests, which Mr Pashinyan said a “non-violent velvet revolution”, reacted…

The Failure of an International Commitment to Human Rights

Middle Eastern political analyst Emile Hokayem recently tweeted “Being from, caring about and working on the Middle East is an endless heartbreak,” in reference to reports of the use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. When I first learned that a player in the Syrian conflict, presumably the Assad government, orchestrated…

Israel and Iran: Enemies on the Brink of War

On the night of May 9th, the blows traded between Iran and Israel brought the immediate possibility of a full scale war to the world’s attention. Since Iran’s revolution in 1979, the two previous aligned countries fought each other indirectly, through proxy groups and states friendly to either side. Mysterious assassinations, malicious hacking, and covert operations added to these…

Cuba’s Government is Changing: What’s Next?

On April 19, 2018, Miguel Diaz-Canel was selected President of Cuba by the National Assembly of People’s Power, which held its most recent election of representatives on March 11. According to Granma, Cuba’s national news source, over 85% of eligible voters cast ballots in the election, with 94% of them being valid. Telesur, a media…

Protests in Response to Corruption, Journalist Murder in Slovakia

Journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot dead after investigating political corruption linked to the Italian mafia. Kuciak’s work, The Model, the Mafia and the Murderers, was published posthumously by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism (CCIJ), the Investigative Reporting Project Italy, and…

Israel Threatens African Migrants With Deportation or Imprisonment

The Israeli government has given thousands of African migrants a decision: to leave the country or face imprisonment. If the migrants willingly leave the country within 90 days of the notice they will be given $3,500. Migrants were given the option of going to their home country or third countries. The two African countries commonly…

Mattis Visits Southeast Asia: Strengthening the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

Last year U.S. President Donald Trump has frequently stated the term “free and open Indo-Pacific” during his Asia voyage, as this month U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has visited Southeast Asia to Indonesia and Vietnam in an effort to reach a consensus in defense issues and forge strong new partnerships. The Indo-Pacific policy aims to…

Democracy Shot Down in Slovakia

Journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot dead after investigating political corruption linked to the Italian mafia. Kuciak’s work, The Model, the Mafia and the Murderers, was published posthumously by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism (CCIJ), the Investigative Reporting Project Italy, and…

Macron for France and the World

The advent of “America-First” politics is leaving a large geopolitical vacuum for leadership on the world stage. The contenders yearning to fill it are numerous: China, India, and Russia just to name a few. Yet a European nation has taken the longest strides in 2017— France. Just 18 months ago, almost any analyst would’ve dismissed…

Palestinians have the legal right to resist

Resistance is not terrorism. South Africans resisting apartheid were not considered “terrorists” by the international community, nor were Indians practicing nonviolent civil disobedience against the British. But an occupying power will always try to discredit their opponents, as seen in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians who resist an unbearable occupation are branded “terrorists”, arrested and demonized…

The Bloc Québécois: A Divided Party

The Bloc Québécois was left in shambles after seven of its ten MPs decided to leave the party early this month. The seven departed members decided to form a separate parliamentary group. The split in the party is the result of disagreements over the leadership of Martine Ouellet, claiming that her leadership is authoritarian. The…

What will the Middle East look like in ten years?

The year is 2028. Much of the Gaza has become unlivable. Daesh (ISIS) has been destroyed, but another terrorist group looms close on the horizon. The Kurds have their own state, meaning Iraqi unity has been destroyed. The Assad regime is still in power, having vanquished the rebel forces thanks to Iranian and Russian military…

Seeing America through the Middle East: How do we educate our children?

As an American student in Egypt, at any given moment you can experience the impact of Republican values. From the social conservatism to the laissez-faire approach toward the market. For all the GOP’s critiques of the Middle East, it is governed by the same guiding principles as the conservative party: traditionalism. In America, as in…

What is this so-called Wind of Change in South Africa?

The power of incumbency is such a hot topic for political debate in Africa. A sitting African president appearing on national TV, not for any other purpose, but to read out a resignation speech, is typically not an African thing. But when this happens, like we recently witnessed in South Africa, how should we tell…

Iranians Demand Change in Large Displays of Protest and Activism

Iran was struck by waves of anti-government and pro-government rallies during a period spanning the end of December 2017 and the beginning of January 2018. The anti-government demonstrators were drawn to action as a result of the rising prices of basic goods (specifically eggs and poultry), alleged corruption, lack of personal freedom and the country’s…

A Power Struggle in the Rainbow Nation: Political Turmoil in South Africa

South Africa was thrown into political turmoil after the ruling ANC (African National Congress) party admitted that President Jacob Zuma had defied orders to resign. Moreover, the party had little idea of when the president would respond to the demand. The highest decision making body of the ANC decided to dismiss Zuma in an emergency…

Why is the World Silent on the Political Arrest of Diane Rwigara?

On 3rd May 2017, Diane Shima Rwigara announced her intention to vie for presidency in the 2017 general elections of the Republic of Rwanda which would pit her against popular but highly controversial incumbent President Paul Kagame among other candidates. Three days later, nude photos of her were posted on social media in an attempt…

Changing Our Approach to Defeating Terrorism

The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is but one of the many erroneous usages of the word “radical.” In fact, the misnomer of acts of terror as “radically Islamic,” besides being a dog whistle characterizing Islam has fundamentally destructive in its essence, also contributes to the degradation of the principal meaning of “radical.” While disagreements on…

A Brief History and Analysis of Iran–Israeli Relations

Iran calls Israel “The Little Satan.” Israel calls Iran “the greatest threat to [its] security”. It’s evident that Israel and Iran don’t exactly have warm relations. But, Iran was the second Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel in 1948. Under the Shah of Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution, the two countries did enjoy close and…

The Westernisation of Second-Generation Chinese

Toronto; the largest city in Canada. With a total population of almost 3 million, 10.8% of all Torontonians were of Chinese descent as of 2011. But despite having Chinese ancestry, many Chinese-Canadians are vastly different from their peers who have grown up in China. I currently attend a Toronto high school. Of my classmates, over…

The Two Roads of the United Kingdom

With the Brexit referendum in 2016, the United Kingdom has changed. The prime minister David Cameron resigned immediately after the results of the vote, having the party choose Theresa May as his successor. She then held an early general election in the hopes of having more control for their exit from the European Union but…