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The Philippine War on Drugs Escalates
By admin August 16, 2017

On August 15, a massive raid in the Bulacan Province in the Philippines led to the death of 32 individuals that were suspected drug offenders. The raid lasted 24 hours and involved dozens of police raids carried out in the province. Over a hundred people were arrested and drugs along with weapons cache were confiscated.

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Britain proposes to temporarily keep a “remain” policy
By admin August 15, 2017

On August 14, Britain submitted a proposal to the European Union (EU) to maintain the existing customs union for an interim period after Brexit. This is a measure taken to reduce boarder chaos and restore faith in trade investments. The government has put up a case that this policy is necessary considering the diminishing business

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Chile: a Leader in Green Energy Development
By admin August 14, 2017

Chile continues to accelerate in its clean energy initiatives; two major developers announced this week that they’ve secured funding for huge wind farm projects. Mainstream Renewable Power and its Chilean counterpart, Aela Energía, have received $410 M to fund two wind farms in Chile and Mexico with a whopping 299MW of capacity, enough to power

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Kenya’s “Peaceful” Elections turn Violent
By admin August 11, 2017

Reportedly, a record number of Kenyans participated in the general election, mostly casting ballots in support of Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga; the sons of Kenya’s first president and first vice president, respectively. There were eight contenders in the running to become the leader of one East Africa’s most successful countries, but apart

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Kenya’s Dynastic Political Rivalry
By admin August 10, 2017

On Tuesday, as the results of the Presidential election poured in, Kenya anxiously laid in wait – would mass ethnic violence erupt as it did in 2007 or would a peaceful and credible demonstration of democracy prevail? After 97 percent of the votes counted, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken what appears to be an

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South Africa’s Embattled Presidency
By admin August 9, 2017

On Tuesday, August 8th, the South African parliament narrowly voted to keep President Jacob Zuma. The no confidence vote on President Zuma came at a time when South Africa has been in an economic decline and its standing with the international community has faltered. This would be the sixth time in Zuma’s presidency where a

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Yemen: “A Bus Racing Towards The End of a Cliff”
By admin August 7, 2017

Since civil war broke out in Yemen almost three years ago, a dire humanitarian situation has unfolded, and appears to only be getting worse. Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, has been left devastated by two warring factions of the countries leadership. The civil war has killed more than 10,000 people,

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Boko Haram: ISIS’s Strategic Ally in Africa
By admin August 4, 2017

  Boko Haram, known in Arabic as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad), is an Islamist militant group best known for causing havoc through abductions, bombings, and assassinations. Founded in 2002 to oppose the influence Western education, organizational goals shifted in 2009 to forming an

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Pakistan’s Political Turmoil
By admin August 3, 2017

Last week, the Pakistani Supreme Court issued a verdict that illegitimated the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from being eligible for political office. The verdict concluded a case that was brought forward by Pakistani politician Imran Khan at the onset of the release of the Panama Papers. This latest verdict is added to a long

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Regulations on Cryptocurrency
By admin August 1, 2017

Bitcoin and other electronic forms of currency like Ethereum have become the new popular investment. In this past year, the market that is known as initial coin offering (ICO), has been valued at $1.3 billion. These Cryptocurrencies have also garnered a considerable amount of attention of major companies like Microsoft. The popular investment has caught

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FARC: Transitioning from Guns to Gavels
By admin July 28, 2017

Founded in 1964 under a Marxist-Lenninist Ideology, the armed wing of the Communist Party is the largest “irregular army” in Colombia operating in various regions of the country. The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) were established after the assassination of Liberal Party leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitain during a period known in Colombia as “La

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Venezuela: A Country in Chaos
By admin July 27, 2017

In 1953, LIFE Magazine referred to Caracas as “the capital of the opportunities in South America.” Throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s the Venezuelan capital flourished, as did much of the country, thanks in large part to the discovery of oil. The liquid gold transformed Venezuela into the richest country in Latin America and one

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China’s Joint Energy Development with the Philippines
By admin July 26, 2017

China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, stated that he supported a joint energy partnership with the Philippines in the South China Sea. This comes on the heel of comments by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte saying he had found a partner to develop oil fields and that exploration would resume later this year. The issue with the

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The Recent Wave of Conflict Between Israel and Palestine
By admin July 25, 2017

On Tuesday, July 25th, the Israeli cabinet moved to switch from the use of metal detectors to security cameras at the Al Aqsa Mosque. The metal detectors had sparked a great degree of opposition from Palestinian worshipers. A wave of violence erupted between Israel, Palestine, and Jordan in the past two weeks. The violence started

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Iran Nuclear Deal, Is It Still “The Worst Deal Ever”?
By admin July 24, 2017

  On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump criticized many of his predecessor’s deals, some of which the US President has begun dismantling. Alongside the Paris Climate Agreement, the international nuclear agreement with Iran was scorned by Trump as being insufficiently tough and going as far to say it was “the worst deal ever.” Now, for

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Ram Nath Kovind: Making History Before Taking Office
By admin July 21, 2017

  This week, India elected National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind to the presidency.  The 71-year-old former governor of Bihar beat United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominee Meira Kumar with 702,044 Electoral College votes as opposed to 367,314 votes for the opposition. Post-election reports shows that cross voting in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Goa

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The Doklam Stand-off
By admin July 19, 2017

Over the past five weeks, the Doka La pass has become the site of one of the tensest regional border stand-offs in almost three decades. The issue emerged out of a border dispute between China and Bhutan, with both countries claiming the rights over the disputed territory in Doklam. Although India does not have a

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Turkey Holds Six Rights Activists In Custody
By admin July 18, 2017

On July 5th, 10 human rights activists, including the director of Amnesty International (AI)-Turkey, were taken into custody for involvement in terrorist activity. Prosecutors accuse the activists of aiding in crimes in the name of a terror organization, albeit not being a member. The activists released their statements shortly after this ruling had been made.

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Font Choice to Make or Break Pakistani Leadership
By admin July 14, 2017

Upon his return from exile in Saudi Arabia, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was poised to initiate an era of Pakistani politics intent on eradicating government corruption, introducing more liberal social reforms, and elevating the economic status of the struggling country. Promising to transform Pakistan into an “Asian tiger” with “zero tolerance for corruption” and

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The G20: A Brief Overview
By admin July 13, 2017

            Not since the G20 London Summit in 2009, set against the backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis, has the meeting of the world’s 20 major economies garnered such widespread attention, intrigue, and tension. This year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted her contemporary heads of state in Hamburg for a

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