Why Syria, Nicaragua – and now the US – aren’t part of the Paris climate agreement

In keeping to his controversial campaign promise, US President Donald Trump will officially withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, a historic climate change accord brokered by representatives of almost 200 countries at the 2015 COP21 summit in Paris. Despite being the second greatest emitter of polluting greenhouse gases in the world, the US will now join only two other countries party to the 1992 United Nations … Continue reading Why Syria, Nicaragua – and now the US – aren’t part of the Paris climate agreement

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

“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

Everything the Trump administration has done so far

Withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial, multilateral trade deal that would have benefited its 12 member nations with stronger economic ties and a general boost to trade. The agreement made a point of including countries bordering the Pacific Ocean while deliberately excluding China, and as such could have bolstered America’s strategic strength in the Asia-Pacific region. Despite the desires of remaining key countries like Australia and … Continue reading Everything the Trump administration has done so far

Trump’s war on truth: a disturbing game plan

In one of his first White House press conferences following Donald Trump’s inauguration, Press Secretary Sean Spicer controversially accused the media of dishonestly reporting on the size of the crowds at the President’s swearing in. Whereas troves of evidence, including widely circulating aerial photographs comparing the masses at former President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration to last Friday’s ceremony, prove that the crowd was lacking, Mr Spicer spent … Continue reading Trump’s war on truth: a disturbing game plan

Voiceless: why millions of Americans won’t be able to vote on November 8

Following months of incessant campaigning by this year’s presidential candidates, registered American voters will make their way to the ballot box this Tuesday to finally decide who will replace outgoing president Barack Obama from next year on. With the race to the White House close and controversial, supporters from both sides of the partisan divide have been urging people to vote since early voting stations started opening … Continue reading Voiceless: why millions of Americans won’t be able to vote on November 8

Meltdown Venezuela: the current crisis explained

With the world’s highest inflation rate of 180%, widespread lack of food and basic goods, sporadic energy shortages, violent rioting, and ongoing conflict between its political figureheads, its safe to say Venezuela resembles a country in the grip of its final death throes. Just last week, and with the backing of the Supreme Court, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a countrywide 60-day state of emergency … Continue reading Meltdown Venezuela: the current crisis explained