Global / 04/05/2021 Navalny Protests Spark Mass Arrests Across Russia

Police have arrested nearly 1,500 people across Russia following protests calling for the release of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny is reported to be in serious condition following a three-week hunger strike in prison. The arrests occurred across 82 cities, with the largest number of arrests occurring in St Petersburg with a total of...

Global / 04/05/2021 Syria to hold presidential election in May

Syria will hold a presidential election next month on the 26th of May. The elected president will serve a 7 year term until 2028.  Current predictions suggest a likely win for incumbent President Bashar al-Assad, who has served since 2014. Assad received wide criticism after his first win, receiving 92% of the vote, in 2014....

Global / 04/05/2021 Tax reforms cause large scale protests in Colombia

Tens of thousands of people in Colombia have taken to the streets to protest proposed tax reform legislation on Wednesday.  The proposed reform would decrease the minimum amount of income required to be susceptible to tax. Not limited to that, the new system would remove several tax exemptions and include additional taxable items for individuals...

Global / 04/05/2021 Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan forces clash over border dispute

The two central Asian nations have seen a series of skirmishes over a disputed section of their shared border.  So far it has been announced by Kyrgyzstani media that their troops suffered 17 casualties and of which one has been reported dead. On the opposite side, Tajikistan’s security committee has reported one person injured and...

Global, News / 20/04/2021 Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder of George Floyd

The police officer responsible for the death of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, has been found guilty of second and third degree murder alongside second degree manslaughter at the end of his trial in Minneapolis.  Following an extensive trial, in which legal experts, police training officers and witnesses from the scene were consulted, the 12 person jury...

Global / 13/04/2021 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...



Dispelling Japanese stereotypes

Japan’s culture is rich and often welcomed by people from around the world. Unfortunately, it is the fascination people have with the nation that gives rise to stereotypes surrounding the Japanese, writes Rachael Lum.

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