Conflict

Operation Olive Branch: a conflict between two American allies

On the 21st of January, the Turkish prime minister declared that Turkish troops, together with Turkish-allied Syrian rebels, had crossed the border, entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in Northwestern Syria. This followed a day of intense aerial bombardment. The Turkish prime minister Binali Yıldırım motivated the invasion by declaring …

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UN condemns the EU over immigration agreement with Libya

The UN recently condemned the EU and Italy for helping the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept migrants in the Mediterranean and sending them back to Libya where they face abuse and violence. On 14 November in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al Hussein discussed the …

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Mr Al-Sisi, we need to talk about human rights

Since taking power in 2013, the president of Egypt, Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi has been criticised for violent repressions of oppositions and of minorities. Despite the protests of human rights organizations, he continues to seem untouchable. Egypt has been exposed to multiple political changes since the Revolution began in Tahrir Square …

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Monarchy, military and democracy – a look at the power dynamics in Thailand

State power in Thailand has been divided between 3 key actors in recent political history: the monarchy, the military, and the democratically elected government. Now with the change of the monarch, continued rule of the military junta and a promised general election for next year, how will governance in Thailand …

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The persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar

On August 25, 2017, a small faction of Rohingya militants known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) carried out an attack on three border posts in the Rakhine state, leaving twelve police officers dead. This prompted a brutal government-approved military retaliation, which in turn led to the outbreak of …

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Migration is here to stay, how can Europe benefit?

Over the past few years, the official strategy of the European Union (EU) to mitigate migratory pressures has been to promote economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, this strategy contradicts most economic studies, which show that migration increases as countries develop, which is why international organizations are redoubling their efforts …

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Will Islamic divorce be declared invalid in the European Union?

The private Islamic divorce that is decided by a religious Court will most likely not be considered legal in the European Union. This is because the unilateral decision to put an end to marriage would violate one of the principles guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights: the principle of …

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Remembering the Man who Prevented World War III

Can one man save the world? The late Soviet officer Stanislav Petrov, whose death took place in September, seems to have done exactly that. His calm calculations combined with his instinct probably saved the world from a Third World War and a subsequent nuclear Armageddon. It can be argued that this …

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The Wilful Destruction of Uighur Culture

“Are there any Uighurs on this train?” asked the policeman. Yes, there were, and they all had to show their ID’s and open their bags for inspection. I was on a 46-hour train ride from Chengdu, a city of more than 10 million in eastern China, to Xinjiang, China’s largest …

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How does the United States shoot down a nuclear missile?

IT IS SAID that the late leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, once warned that in the scenario of a nuclear war, “the survivors will envy the dead”. Nonetheless, on July 4th, North Korea tested its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) which, if successful, could reach the United States …

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