Saudi Arabia’s blockade hits ordinary Yemenis hardest

In a further move to suffocate Yemen, Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would close all Yemen’s land, air and sea ports. While the kingdom claims it is a temporary measure, many have warned it will mostly harm Yemen’s civilians. A statement from the state Saudi news agency, SPA, reported it was to stem the… Read More Saudi Arabia’s blockade hits ordinary Yemenis hardest

More than 20,000 child marriages happening every day

An epidemic of illegal child marriages is today sweeping across parts of the world, with more than 20,000 marriages taking place each day, new research from Save the Children and the World Bank reveals. The announcement marks the International Day of the Girl on October 11. Nations are increasingly implementing laws to protect girls from… Read More More than 20,000 child marriages happening every day

How Russia can influence the Kurdish diplomatic crisis

Before the Iraqi Kurdish referendum, even the very suggestion of independence enflamed tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government and its neighbours. Iraq’s central government, Iran and Turkey all threatened collective action against Erbil. Now the Kurds have overwhelmingly voted to secede, these power centres look set to clamp down further on the autonomous Kurdish region.… Read More How Russia can influence the Kurdish diplomatic crisis

Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes are needed

Tunisia is once again lauded for its progress in human rights. President Beji Caid Essebsi last week scrapped a 44-year-old bill prohibiting marriage between Muslim women and non-Muslim men. Despite such a progressive move, many in Tunisia still feel that their country faces issues that threaten democracy and equality in their country. Tunisia is often… Read More Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes are needed

Yemen’s deadly cholera crisis now largest recorded and fastest growing

Yemen’s cholera crisis has now broken the record number of cases known in a single outbreak in recent history, and looks set to infect more than a million people by Christmas – including more than 600,000 children – Save the Children reported on Wednesday. The country has been hit by an epidemic of the disease, with the… Read More Yemen’s deadly cholera crisis now largest recorded and fastest growing

Britain’s foreign policy threatens its national security. It’s time to reform it

“Blowback”. A term used to describe the costs and consequences of a government’s actions. A term that perfectly illustrates Britain’s harmful role on the world stage – particularly in the arms industry, and how this in turn endangers the nation. Many observers have depicted Britain’s foreign policy as promoting justice worldwide. Robin Cook, foreign secretary… Read More Britain’s foreign policy threatens its national security. It’s time to reform it

Gaza: Over 1 million children in ‘unlivable’ circumstances

Over a million children in Gaza are living in impoverished circumstances due to electricity shortages, causing problems for public health and education, warned Save the Children on Tuesday. The international NGO says Israel’s ongoing land, air and sea blockade of Gaza, which has been in place since 2007, is the primary cause of the electricity… Read More Gaza: Over 1 million children in ‘unlivable’ circumstances