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,…

The Newest Battlefield Game Wasted a Great Opportunity: Opinion

As late as I am to the party, it still remains to me that Electronic Arts’ (EA) new title Battlefield V–at least from how it’s depicted in its first trailer–is going to be absolute trash. For those unfamiliar with the trailer in question, watch it here. How the Western Front was depicted in the official release trailer was…

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…

South Sudan: A Dilapidated Nation

South Sudan became a free nation on July 9, 2011. This independence was a result of the 2005 civil war. The hideous statistical outcomes of the country shocked the world across. The Sudanese population lives under helpless circumstances with no proper governance. Civilians die in misery and despair. Certainly, it is the current situation in…

Opinion: Can one have terrorism in a time of war?

When a gunman attacked two US military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2015, it was widely considered to be ‘terrorism’. In 2009, Maj. Nidal Hassan, who attacked the military installation at Fort Hood, was also considered a ‘terrorist’, although he was not charged with terrorism. But what constitutes terrorism? According the US army field manual,…

Terrorism at its extreme: The Syrian Civil War and its consequences

ISIL was a product of the genocide in Syria. The genocide in Syria was ISIL’s greatest gift and ISIL was somewhat president Assad’s greatest gift. -Al Jazeera Has anyone ever imagined that one day we will open a newspaper and with every turn, with every page, the newspaper will be filled with bloodshed and the…

Cold War 2.0?

Relations between countries are degrading day by day. Tensions are rising. Military advancement, supporting adversaries of one country, terrorism are all contributing to the new state of affairs in International politics, which I believe, may or may not one day develop into a cold war. Let us check on a few regions. Indian Subcontinent This…

North Korea DECODED

Being self-reliant is often a goal for most of us in our daily lives, but in North Korea it comes in the form of an entire political ideology – Juche, or “self reliance.” The “Hermit Kingdom” as it’s called, is theoretically, a complete communist state with very little activity in terms of foreign trade and…

The Trudeau Way: Canada’s New Foreign Policy

Canada has always been one of the leading pillars of global peacekeeping. However, in the past two terms under Stephen Harper,  with his emphasis on ‘hard power’, there was an evident deterioration in its multilateral ties. But Justin Trudeau, it seems, is bent on bringing Canada ‘back’. Now, the question is, how? One of the…

Illegal Arms Trade: The Backbone of Instability

Among  the member states in NATO there has been much dispute over the laws and regulations of arms dealing. There is currently an estimated 18 billion dollar arms industry in the world and a staggering amount of weapons are flowing from Europe to the Middle East. Many of the sellers include prominent members of NATO,…

Funding the war in Syria

Syria’s economy has basically caved in. Among the scourges of war in the nation, the livelihood of everyday people has plummeted as they escape the forces that threaten their very life. Economic studies by the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and independent economists paint a grim picture: Gross Domestic Product is now half of…

Ukraine’s Political Climate Explained

Ukraine is a country located in eastern Europe with a population of approximately 44 million. Like many Eastern European countries, Ukraine was once a part of the Russian Empire and the USSR. Due to this, Russian influence still remains dominant in the region, especially in the East. The vast majority of Ukrainians speak Russian to…