North Korea has World Backed into a Corner

The US and other world leaders have few choices when it comes to managing North Korea.  Even fewer choices remain when an impulsive American president like Donald Trump calls the shots. Underneath the bellicose rhetoric, incessant name-calling and hostile threats, therefore, lies an incoherent and fragmented foreign policy. Political Amnesia The United Nations Security Council…

The Situation in Burundi: Is ICC’s Case Dead on Arrival?

On 25th October 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor was authorized by the court to open proprio motu investigations into the Situation in the Republic of Burundi. Burundi becomes the latest of the sizable number of African states with situations before the ICC. With the inclusion of Burundi, the ICC has investigated 11 Situations,…

The South Sudanese Crisis: A Comprehensive List of Solutions

The UN has called South Sudan the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945 with 6 million people facing starvation. It also faces the third largest refugee crisis after Iraq and Afghanistan with 1.8 million refugees, with a whopping 60% children. Famine Phase 1: Eradication: It is very tragic that 60% of UN budget for South Sudan is still not…

Google Proposes a Plan to Make Toronto Smarter

Google intends to ‘fix’ Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. But, this is not the reason as to why Google picked Toronto as their first Smart Innovative City. The reason might not be something Toronto fans look forward to reading about. It is not unpleasant but it is a true focal point for…

Trump’s Strategy of Political Maneuvering While His Country is Distracted

Donald Trump is currently the most disliked president compared to any other in modern American history, currently sitting at an approval rating of 37% according to Gallup. According to the same polling data, 58% of Americans disapprove of the president today, and he hasn’t even completed his ninth month in office. Compared to every single…

Saudi Arabia, the US, and Violations of International Law

A picture is really worth a thousand words. When the picture of little Omran Daqneesh, the boy covered in dust and rubble sitting in the back of an ambulance after being rescued from his house in Aleppo, Syria, after it was hit by an airstrike, went viral, the world was suddenly made aware of the…

Will the East African Community Achieve a Political Federation?

Articles 123-125 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC) provides for cooperation in political affairs as a pre-requisite to the formation of a political federation, which is the fourth and final step to achieving complete regional integration amongst the EAC member states– namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and…

Disaster in Mexico DF: an update and how to help

On September 19 at around 2 o’clock, Mexico City and its surrounding areas were hit with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The epicentre of this earthquake was found in the neighbouring state of Puebla. While the magnitude of this earthquake may not be of much concern other countries that are already well-prepared to such disasters, such…

Domestic work in Latin America and the Caribbean

This article is a short summary of a chapter I wrote for my MA thesis. With it, I attempt to shed light on the importance of paid domestic work, an occupation that is largely forgotten. Since pre-industrial Latin America, domestic work has been an important source of employment for women due to traditional gender roles…

When International Election Observer Missions Fail

On 1st September 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya set precedent by becoming the first African Court to nullify a Presidential Election on the grounds of illegality of the process, which was found to be marred by massive irregularities. The judgment contradicted the reports by several election observer missions, including the European Union (EU) Observer…

How to become the President of China

We are all familiar with how democracy works in a Western society. Government officials are elected, and when the people think that they are not good fits for the position, they elect someone else to replace them. However, things are quite different in an autocratic society, where the people don’t get to vote. So how…