Turkey celebrates the one year anniversary of the failed military coup of 2016 by announcing the purchase of billions of dollars worth of anti-missile defense systems from NATO rival Russia. The deal marks the first military transaction between the two countries since the fall of the Soviet Union in the 90’s, further complicating the relationship with NATO allies in the region.
Despite warming relations with Donald Trump, it appears as though Russia and the US are headed towards a digital Cold War. A few months after Russia banned American based tech company Microsoft from Government use, the United States has banned Russian based security company Kapersky from federal use all the same.
Whether it be Yemen or Syria, neither of these Civil Wars could have ever been fought to begin with or continue on to this day without the direct funding of the United States and United Kingdom, whom have each literally made billions of dollars selling bombs, weapons and vehicles for people to kill one another in these countries. Despite lawsuits and objections to this behavior however, Government courts continue to defend their countries War machine.
In September of 2017, the Kurdish people will hold a referendum vote to separate from Iraq and form their own country. However, the leaders of Iraq and Turkey both say they will refuse to recognize a Kurdish nation state, never-mind seceded territory to them. By continuing to arm, fund and support the Kurds, why is the US continuing to turn its back on a strategic NATO ally and coalition partner, and what does this mean for the future of the Middle East?
On July 7th 2017, after 3 weeks of deliberations involving 140 countries from around the world, 122 countries voted in favor of a historic treaty which would ban the possession of nuclear weapons under international law. Unfortunately though, every country which currently owns and possesses nuclear weaponry refused to vote on or accept the terms of the new agreement.
Days ahead of the G20 Summit in Germany this weekend, NATO leadership has come out with announcement re-affirming a release from last summer, that cyber attacks of the future could one day result in the invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.
Despite the arrival of rain, Somalia continues to struggle with crippling food shortages and a lack of livestock, not to mention years of War and a new outbreak of cholera. On the eve of declaring famine outright, earlier today UNICEF came out with a press release outlining the statistics currently fueling the humanitarian crisis inside Somalia.
In an update from an article written in November of last year, earlier this week, Nigeria played host to massive anti-Government rallies. According to reports, Nigerians were protesting forced eviction recently carried out by Nigerian police in the coastal city of Lagos.
June 30th 2017 will mark 1 year since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. Over this time and ever since declaring a public War on Drugs, over 110,000 people have been imprisoned and over 10,000 more have been murdered in the streets.
Earlier this week, 4 of the countries largest tech entities announced a joint venture to ultimately crackdown upon the spread of terrorism through their networks. However, considering that the Islamic State has been known to utilize these services for years in the past, what is suddenly spurning these companies into action in June of 2017? Hint, a recent lawsuit against Google might have something to do with it.
Members of the European Parliament proposed new measures last week, which would legalize end-to-end encryption on all communications and technological devices by mid-2018. What are the pro’s and cons of end-to-end encryption and why have Governments all over the world continued to ban it over the years?
This weekend Uganda played host to the first annual Nile Basin Countries Summit. Most notably among the attendees was President Sisi of Egypt and President Desalegne of Ethiopia. Historically Egypt has refused to negotiate their share of the Nile with African Nations up stream and unfortunately, this week was not much different.