Global / 03/05/2022 Fire continues to be exchanged between Israel and Palestine

Israel and Palestine see violence re-erupting, as a rocket launched from Gaza prompted Israel to carry out its first airstrike on the region in months. This happened just as tensions and continued Israeli presence around the Palestinian Al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem exploded.  The arrival of the riot police during Ramadan during the last two...

Global / 03/05/2022 Security Agreement Continues to Aggravate after Persuasion in the Pacific Failed

Two weeks after the signing of a pact beyond Australia’s Coral-sea, the waves continue to lap at the feet of Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and his colleagues. The finalisation of a security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands on April 19th has not only drawn concern from Australia, New Zealand, and the US,...

Global / 03/05/2022 Rockets, Rubble, and a Refusal to Surrender: The Battle for Mariupol Nears a Conclusion

Nearing 60 days into the invasion of Ukraine, Russian victory in Mariupol was all but declared during a rather orchestrated meeting between President Putin and his minister of defence Sergei Shoigu on April 21st. Though, at the time of this article’s writing, resistance continues. The coastal city in the Southeast of Ukraine has been the...

Global / 03/05/2022 30 Magical Years with Paris Disneyland

Disneyland Paris marks its 30th anniversary this year. The park opened on the 12th of April 1992 and decided to celebrate its 30th birthday with special events starting from the 6th of March. There are anniversary-themed parades and shows such as “Disney D-Light”, where the “Un monde qui s’illumine” song created by a symphony orchestra...

Global / 03/05/2022 Macron wins another term in French Election

Emmanuel Macron will serve another five years as France’s president after victory over far-right Marine Le Pen. The centrist Macron won by 58.55% to Le Pen’s 41.45%, a larger margin than expected but Le Pen nevertheless secured the far right’s highest share of the vote. Ms Le Pen has described the significant voting gain as...

Global, Global Investigates / 03/05/2022 Global Investigates: A royal tour and the setting sun on the remnants of empire in the Caribbean

Following the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Caribbean, the British monarchy has faced increasing doubts over its future. The tour, which took place between and, was intended to mark the year of Queen Elizabeth II platinum jubilee and raise support for the royal family in a region where republicanism...



Rare fatal Shark attack in Australia

35-year-old British expatriate and former UK Royal Air Force serviceman, Simon Nellist, was fatally attacked by a shark at Little Bay beach, Sydney on 16 February. At 4:35 pm local time, Nellist was dragged underwater 150 metres away from the bay. Disturbed by the attack, witnesses described a “big splash.” This is the first fatal…


Cuba leads in number of women inventors

New data from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has ranked Cuba the highest for patent applications by women inventors whilst the UK falls behind the rest of Europe.  Cuba and the Philippines ranked highest for the number of patents filed by women inventors in 20221. 53 percent of applications from Cuba and 38 percent…


Police break up Canadian protests

Canada’s parliament was closed whilst police began arresting Ottawa protestors who have blockaded the capital city for weeks. Hundreds of heavily armoured police were deployed on 18 February to arrest members of the protestors who have occupied the city with trucks in protest of Canada’s ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The Freedom Convoy’s Twitter account urged protests…


Soldiers, sanctions, and a bid for stability: developments continue beyond the Ukrainian border

“We don’t have a Titanic here,” is what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy exclaimed when calling for a more measured response to Biden’s bleak midwinter warning of a “distinctly possible” February invasion. Zelenskiy noted a threat that had spanned many Februarys, panic now was disproportionate,and economically damaging. Yet, if the heat of an estimated 120,000 Russian…


WWF report published: the world’s second most biodiverse region just became more diverse

Published last week, a delayed World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report has revealed the discovery of 224 new species in the Greater Mekong region. The collaborative work of universities, conservation organisations, and research institutes the world over, an additional 155 plants, 16 fish, 17 amphibians, 35 reptiles, and one mammal are now known to live in…

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Global Investigates: Then and now – what did the world look like 30 years ago?

January 2022 welcomes a new year full of hope for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, ambitious goals to cap global warming, and marks Concrete’s 30th Birthday. First published in 1992, this issue marks our 384th publication. In those 30 years, the world has changed drastically, countries have collapsed and new countries formed, global tensions…


Indonesia names new Capital city

Indonesia has announced plans to name the new capital city Nusantara.This translates to archipelago, which replaces the sinking and polluted current capital Jakarta. Plans to relocate the country’s capital city were first announced in 2019 by President Joko Widodo in a bid to relieve the burden on over-populated Jakarta and to redistribute the country’s wealth….

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