You hear what they say about your generation. You’re stuck to your phones, living in a digital world, and not engaging in real life. You’re just a kid, only interested in funny GIFs, video games, and pulling off an epic prom proposal. But they don’t really know you. You aspire to do something more, to … More Your voice can change lives
It’s not just Boko Haram or Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) who are wreaking havoc in West and North Africa: jihadism seems to be on the rise across the region and even across the continent. Even without counting the many who are traveling north from Sub-Saharan Africa to join various groups in Libya, attacks … More Rise of Jihadism in Africa
Growing up as an Asian, I knew I would never have the long legs or double lidded brown eyes of the models that graced the TV screens and magazines I saw. Hell, I might not even have the light, graceful skin if my melanin continued to refuse to cooperate. I recognised it would be biologically impossible for … More Growing Up As an Unskinny Asian
Nigeria is already contending with Boko Haram in the north, an insurgency that may control less territory than last year, but is still incredibly deadly. But a growth in secessionist sentiment is increasing elsewhere in the country, perhaps sparking a second Biafran secessionist movement, if not another war. Very interesting to read about the generational gap … More Second Civil War in Nigeria?
Happy new year! The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like … More Happy New Year – Year of the 猴
Although the two countries are increasing at odds, both diplomatically and on various battlefields, China is managing to maintain friendships with both regional powers. In a recent trip, China’s president increased ties with both countries simultaneously, in an interesting political move as China slowly gets more involved in Middle Eastern politics.
Like Al-Shabaab (The rise of ISIS and Boko Haram has hurt more than their surroundings and US credibility, but also their East African competitor: Al-Shabaab. This article investigates how Al-Shabaab is evolving, and why that might mean more attacks are in Kenya’s future.) nearly a year ago, Boko Haram’s territory is now being successfully reduced … More Reducing Lands, but Increasing Bombs?
The last week or two in Syria have been game-changing: Assad, backed by a lot of Russian airstrikes, has managed to mostly encircle Aleppo, the country’s largest and most populous city that Assad had almost entirely lost to various rebel groups at least one, if not more, years ago. In the process of this happening, … More What’s Next in Syria?
Ban Ki-Moon is stepping down next year, and a new Secretary-General, only the ninth in the UN’s history, will be elected this year in September by the General Assembly. The position is rotated between the major regions in the world, and the next up is Eastern Europe. There are many candidates, and already two major … More Next UN General?
The Marshall Islands, a tiny Pacific nation of islands, is suing the UK, India, and Pakistan for failing to halt the nuclear arms race, that the Marshall Islands, the site of the famous Bikini Atoll US nuclear tests in the 1940s and 1950s, have suffered from for generations. Whether the cases will proceed will be … More Suing for Nuclear Proliferation