Monthly Archives: July 2016

USA | A Virus Altered the Face of Security in Iran

by Nicole Pasulka

For more than 30 years, the United States took widely publicized, drastic measures to hinder nuclear development in Iran. But amid sanctions and diplomatic efforts and under pressure from Israel, the U.S. government secretly launched an unprecedented weapon at Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Japan | Tokyo elects first female city governor

Tokyo elected the country’s former defence minister, Yuriko Koike, as its first female governor on Sunday, media exit polls show.

“I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner, a Tokyo you have never seen,” Koike, 64, told cheering supporters in a hoarse voice after two weeks of campaigning.

Global forced displacement hits record high

Wars and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at any time since UNHCR records began, according to a new report released today by the UN Refugee Agency.

The report, entitled Global Trends, noted that on average 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times more than a decade earlier, when six people fled every 60 seconds.

Yerevan standoff: Police disperse rally supporting gunmen

Supporters of the armed group that stormed a police department on July 17 initiated yet another rally on Friday, July 29.

Demonstrators gathered on Thursday too but the protest was called off due to the heavy rain in the Armenian capital.

The ‘New Colonialism’: the case of Western Sahara

A new report shows that the British scramble for Africa is a continuation of the country’s foreign policy legacy, Tom Lebert writes.

Over the past few decades, as world commodity markets have boomed, there has been a new ‘scramble for Africa’ with governments and companies seeking to control the continents valuable mineral, oil and gas resources.