Remembering Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan: UN experts murdered in the DRC

On March 28, the United Nations made a grim confirmation. The two bodies found near Kananga, the capital city of Lulua Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were those of American Michael Sharp and Swedish-Chilean Zaida Catalan. The pair had been investigating suspected violations of a UN-enforced arms embargo and human rights abuses near the village of Bunkonde in the Congo’s Kasai-Central region when, on … Continue reading Remembering Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan: UN experts murdered in the DRC

Run or die: the devastating impact of explosive violence on refugees

Almost nine out of ten refugees report having witnessed some manner of explosive violence in or while fleeing their home country, according to research carried out by UK-based NGO and conflict zone monitor Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). In a recent 5-month-long study, AOAV investigators interviewed over 250 asylum seekers and ten legal advocates, social workers and aid workers across Germany, Greece and the UK, in … Continue reading Run or die: the devastating impact of explosive violence on refugees

In Pictures: Millions strong “mother of all marches” explodes across Venezuela

Most of these photos were collated by Reddit user /u/leo_99. Join the discussion.  Countrywide protests have once again flared up in Venezuela, where political corruption, extreme inflation, widespread shortages of food, medicine and other vital resources, and rising crime have been part of the daily reality for years. Spurred on by opposition leader Henrique Capriles, millions of anti-government protesters have swelled onto the streets in the capital Caracas and … Continue reading In Pictures: Millions strong “mother of all marches” explodes across Venezuela

Explainer: Australia’s 457 visa scrapping

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced yesterday that his government would abolish the country’s 457 visa program and embrace an “Australia first” approach to job growth. This coincides with similar developments in the United States, where US President Donald Trump has vowed to crackdown on foreign workers and companies that do not prioritise the American market. While Australia’s oppositional Labor party has accused the Prime Minister of … Continue reading Explainer: Australia’s 457 visa scrapping

“One-off chance”: what a snap election means for May and the Brexit talks

Late last year, and mere months after winning the top job from her predecessor David Cameron, British Prime Minister Theresa May assured a public deeply divided over the Brexit issue that she would not call for a snap election anytime soon. At a sudden address outside of 10 Downing Street earlier today, May went back on this commitment, and said she would soon ask the House … Continue reading “One-off chance”: what a snap election means for May and the Brexit talks

One in three Australian university students think about self-harm and suicide, survey finds

Over 35% of students enrolled at universities or TAFE courses across Australia have had thoughts about self-harm and suicide in the past year, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Union of Students and headspace. The study was the first by NUS focusing on tertiary students aged between 17 and 25 and one of the largest of its kind in Australia, surveying 2,600 students around … Continue reading One in three Australian university students think about self-harm and suicide, survey finds

“Party pooper” Assad’s chemical weapons attack spoils warfare for the rest of us: Trump

This article is satirical. US President Donald Trump has defended a coordinated airstrike of a Syrian airbase near the city of Homs, saying that his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad is trying to ruin conventional warfare for everyone else. “He’s a giant party pooper,” President Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “We’re all just trying to have a good time bombing civilians with … Continue reading “Party pooper” Assad’s chemical weapons attack spoils warfare for the rest of us: Trump