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…

Ford Distracts Media While He Trashes Ontario

On Friday, July 27th, Doug Ford personally surprised the entire province of Ontario with the sudden announcement that he and his PC government would be taking immediate steps to drastically reduce the Toronto City Council in size, less than three months before an election. Since Friday, the Ontario PCs have introduced legislative amendments to begin…

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…

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…

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…

America Must Abandon Tribalism to Solve the Gun Debate: Opinion

Last month’s tragic shooting in a Florida high school, which resulted in the death of 17 people, has stirred up a plethora of emotions and opened up old wounds. Following the incident, masses flooded the internet, condemning the act of horror committed and more importantly, calling for stronger gun control restrictions. The Parkland incident marked…

Rethinking Disability and Inspiration

Twenty six year old Alex Roca is just a normal young man with a passion for endurance sports, in his own opinion. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, he is set to participate in the Titan Desert, a six-day mountain bike race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. He says his biggest inspiration has been…

The Situation in Burundi: Is ICC’s Case Dead on Arrival?

On 25th October 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor was authorized by the court to open proprio motu investigations into the Situation in the Republic of Burundi. Burundi becomes the latest of the sizable number of African states with situations before the ICC. With the inclusion of Burundi, the ICC has investigated 11 Situations,…

Corporations Are Stripping Americans’ Legal Rights As Congress Deregulates

On October 27th, 2017, the Starbucks Corporation changed its Terms of Use policy for its customers in the United States. Under the new Terms of Use, by using any Starbucks services, you automatically forfeit your right to join class-action lawsuits and consolidated proceedings. By simply using any of their services, customers of the coffee chain instantly forfeit…

Trump’s Strategy of Political Maneuvering While His Country is Distracted

Donald Trump is currently the most disliked president compared to any other in modern American history, currently sitting at an approval rating of 37% according to Gallup. According to the same polling data, 58% of Americans disapprove of the president today, and he hasn’t even completed his ninth month in office. Compared to every single…

The Complexities of the Label “Refugee”

Today, Europe is experiencing a refugee crisis unlike any other. The world moves with an uncertainty as those in war zones attempt to escape, only to be held in camps that barely even offer bare necessities. Refugees have become framed as those fleeing a war zone, waiting to go home, and causing problematic extra costs…

Brexit: Shaken or Stirred?

“In response to Hammond’s actions, his approval rating has plummeted among other party members.”

Opinion: Aftermath of the Venezuela Vote

Openly condemned by the world, Maduro’s win is already proving troublesome for the South American nation, from sanctions to missing politicians and police brutality. On August 30, the polls were opened in Venezuela. Maduro’s Socialist Party hailed victorious. Officials said 8.1 million citizens cast their vote. Yet the opposition estimates the true number was anywhere…

Violent Ethnic Politics: The 2017 Kenyan Elections

Should it not be a universally accepted rule of any democracy, that losing parties will accept the electoral result peacefully? It unfortunately seems as though power-hungry politicians worldwide are neglecting their commitments towards upholding national solidarity in their own, selfish personal interests. Donald Trump is and will not be the only fanatical crybaby who induced…

Opinion: Where is the Women’s March Now?

I had the privilege of joining an estimated 100 000 people at the Women’s March in London on January 21, 2017. I got off at Marble Arch tube station to walk over to the U.S. Embassy and was immediately greeted by a trail of pussy hats and placards. I followed, tucking my google maps away….

Why We Still Need Affirmative Action

Education shouldn’t be about race. Ideally, education would be about providing every student with an equal opportunity to succeed in their lives; and thus, the acceptance of a student into a university would be based solely on their merit. However, we live in a world of harsh realities, not one of perfect endings. Students from…

The Deadlock at Doklam

As the Indo-China border impasse at Doklam continues without a tangible end in sight, there are several important takeaways to note here. To start with, China has adopted an overtly aggressive position on the issue, it being the aggrieved party. The ‘conditionalities’ from Beijing include “immediate unilateral withdrawal of India’s troops to the Indian side…

CSIS Sued for Discrimination

The CSIS have been sued for workplace misconduct against the employees for up to $35 Million Dollars. The allegation stems from 5 employees who claim that the CSIS supervisors encourage discriminatory behaviours which they describe as  Islamophobic, racist and homophobic. In the statement of claim, the plaintiffs state the breach of their rights under the Canadian Right…

North Pole Politics

A few months ago, I asked my teacher about the entire crisis emerging in the Middle East. I wondered why the USA intruded between Kuwait and Iraq and declared a war. President Bush had an inane reason for this Persian Gulf War,  “it was a help to Iraq.” How can someone help any country by…