Global / 20/07/2021 Taliban Control Increases as Afghan Troops are Forced into Tajikistan

On 5 July, a statement made by the Tajik border authority through the state-run news outlet Khovar announced that 1,037 Afghan soldiers had fled for their lives into Tajikistan earlier that day. According to both the Washington Post and BBC, this is the fifth occurrence of a cross-country retreat in two weeks. As fighting intensifies...

Global / 20/07/2021 The Discovery of More Unmarked Graves Raises Difficult Questions for Canada

On Thursday 24 June, Chief Cadmusn Delmore of the Cowessess First Nation announced over 750 unmarked graves had been discovered at one of Canada’s former re-education sites for Indigenous children. The Marieval Indian Residential School (Cowessess) was operational in the province of Saskatchewan from 1899 to 1997. After last month’s discovery of 215 unmarked graves...

Global, Global Investigates / 20/07/2021 Global Investigates: Nigeria’s Relationship with Feminism

Proponents of women’s rights in Nigeria are facing multiple barriers in their fight for equality. Gender-based violence, a lack of economic opportunity, and political disillusionment are affecting women at all levels of society. The country has the most out-of-school girls in the world, and political representation is limited to just 7 of 109 Senators and...

Global / 20/07/2021 Ethiopia Tigray Conflict: 400,000 Impacted by Famine

Members of the UN Security Council have warned of a famine currently affecting 400,000 people in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. A further 1.8 million have been deemed at risk of starvation whilst 33,000 children are currently suffering from severe malnourishment. Following six previous private talks, the UN Security Council held its first public meeting...

Global / 20/07/2021 Chinese Communist Party Celebrates 100th Anniversary

President of China Xi Jinping has warned that any foreign power attempting to bully China would “find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion people” in an anniversary speech delivered on 1 July. As part of the celebrations to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Chinese...

Global / 20/07/2021 New Wave of Protests in Brazil Against The Government’s Handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic

A new wave of protests has spread throughout Brazil as tens of thousands take to the streets in at least 13 state capitals over accusations of government corruption and a rising Covid-19 death toll. On July 3, protestors took to the streets demanding the impeachment of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the government’s handling of...

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Conflict in Myanmar continues to escalate

The situation in Myanmar has escalated dramatically since our last report, with the Burma Coordinator for the Alternative ASEAN Network, Debbie Stothard, declaring “an all-out civil war” as an increasing probability in Myanmar to the BBC. According to Turkish News site “Anadolu” 581 civilians have been killed by the military in the country – with…

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Brazil’s faces new Government Crisis

The heads of Brazil’s armed forces simultaneously resigned last week, in protest of the president’s firing of the defence secretary, Fernando Azevedo e Silva. This marks a significant crisis point in President Jair Bolsanaro’s leadership, at a time where the country is battling one of the world’s worst COVID-19 epidemics. Gen Edson Leal Pujol, Adm…

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British journalists forced to leave China

Senior BBC journalist John Sudworth and his wife Yvonne Murray, a journalist for Ireland’s RTÉ news, have left China after mounting safety concerns. Ms Murray said her family left China due to the ‘pressure and threats from the Chinese government’ in relation to Mr Sudworth’s reports on the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and…

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UK cuts aid to Syria by a third

Foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has announced a cut in aid to the Syrian refugee programme by almost a third at a United Nations donor conference. The UK have pledged £205m this year, a decrease from last year’s £300m donation that was made at the same conference. Altogether, the UK provided £400m in aid last year…

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Global Investigates: Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention highlights UK failure to ratify the international women’s rights treaty

In the 12-hour period following Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, six women were killed. At least 28 women were killed in February 2021 alone, with further reports of 300 femicides and 171 more women found dead under suspicious circumstances in Turkey last year. Despite the government stressing the extensive capabilities of their existing legislation,…

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Global Investigates: QAnon

The last couple of years have seen the rise of a conspiracy theory like no other. Sweeping the fringes of the American far-right, QAnon has garnered worldwide attention. Often labelled a cult, its followers believe in a secrete cabal of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic paedophiles who are running a global child sex trafficking ring. Accused of being…

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China Warns Biden and Denies Genocide

China has warned President Joe Biden to reverse his predecessor Donald Trump’s policy in Taiwan whilst denying Uygur Muslim genocide and supporting continuing control of Hong Kong. China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, has warned Biden against following Trump’s ‘dangerous practice’ of supporting Taiwan at the annual meeting of China’s ceremonial legislature. The island democracy split…

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‘Western media should employ African reporters who understand their issues, and understand their countries’: Multi-Award Winning Journalist Gloria Aradi speaks on the state of international news coverage

Gloria Aradi is an internationally acclaimed Kenyan journalist. In 2020, she became a finalist in the prestigious Fetisov Journalism Awards in the category: “Contribution to Civil Rights”. She also won a MERCK Recognition Award in 2019 for her work in journalism.  The problems surrounding Western media coverage of international issues are widely known. When the…

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France to declassify Algerian War documents

President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has announced the relaxation of rules for the declassification of documents related to the Algerian War (1954-62) in a move to reconcile with its colonial past and improve relations with its former colony. The war, which resulted in the independence of the North African nation had huge ramifications in both…


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