by Pier Washpon

Video: Refugees Seeking Asylum in Europe are instead Arrested and Beaten by Police in Lesbos
August 9, 2017
Inside the Moria Refugee camp, tear gas was used and tents were set on fire as many people fled for their lives. Moria is located on a Greek Island where people await to hear about their asylum status. In July, migrants protested the conditions which lead to clashes with authorities. Video captures police abuse and horrible treatment of people who are seeking a better life free from violence and war.

‘Negotiate, Don’t Escalate’: Demands for Peace as Nuclear Threat Looms
August 10, 2017
A coalition of anti-war groups held an emergency rally outside of the White House to commemorate the U.S. bombing of Nagasaki. “When Trump promises ‘fire and fury,’ remember he has unfettered authority to make good on that threat. The nuclear briefcase follows him everywhere…Every diplomatic effort must be made to avoid any scenario that risks the use of nuclear weapons,” said Derek Johnson, executive director of Global Zero.

U.S. Investigating Diplomats’ Hearing Loss in Cuba
August 10, 2017
U.S. diplomats returned to the U.S. from Cuba after experiencing unexplained hearing loss. Some speculate an ultrasonic sound wave attack or even poisoning. Two Cuban officials were asked to leave Washington in May after the incident. The Cuban government denied involvement in the hearing loss of the diplomats.

Venezuela: Trump Threat of US Military Intervention “Madness” of US Imperialism
August 12, 2017
Amid violence and political instability in Venezuela, the US president said he would not rule out military options. Venezuela’s defense minister denounced Trumps comments about intervention as imperialist and a threat to national sovereignty.

Protest Rage On in Kenya After President is Re-Elected
August 12, 2017
Supporters of Kenya’s opposition party are protesting the election results after Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected. The National Commission on Human Rights said 24 people had been killed in election-related violence.

Doctors Without Borders Suspends Migrant Rescue Patrols of Libyan Coast
August 12, 2017
After receiving threats from Libya’s Coast Guard, Doctors Without Borders will temporarily suspend its rescue operation of migrants on boats in international waters near Italy. They will continue to operate from a ship operated by another group, but their own vessel will not be involved.

FBI probe underway into Virginia white nationalist post- rally violence
August 13, 2017
On August 12, 2017, white nationalist groups joined together in Charlottesville inciting violence that left 1 person dead and many others injured. Trump refused to condemn the white-supremacist and neo-Nazis who aligned themselves with Trump’s past and present views of hate speech and violence. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the deliberate car crash.

Russia- West Balancing Act Grows Ever More Wobbly in Belarus
August 13, 2017
President Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus, has had the increasingly hard task of balancing between Russia and the West. Belarus is dependent on Russia, and its national sovereignty is at stake with the upcoming Zapad war games and military exercises, as many are skeptical that the Russian troops will leave Belarus at the end of it. Many in Belarus fear that they will become the next Crimea.

Al-Shabab’s Mukhatar Robow Surrenders to Government
August 13, 2017
Mukhatar Robow was a senior leader in al- Shabab who trained along al-Qeada after his studies in Sudan. He has planned and executed deadly attacks against Somalian government troops and African Union peacekeeping forces. He defected from the group in 2013 and has recently surrendered to Somali government.

India and Pakistan must tread the long hard road to peace
August 14, 2017
Tensions between India and Pakistan still exist 70 years after their independence from Britain and their partition. Religious conflict, territorial disputes, and a nuclear arms race have plagued the two countries. However, the 70th anniversary of independence acts as a reminder of what the two countries have in common and a path toward peaceful coexistence.

Fleeing Hardship, Then Pushed into Sea, They Landed in a Country at War
August 14, 2017
Ethiopian and Somalian migrants were forced to jump overboard by their smugglers. They arrived on a Yemen beach, along the Arabian Sea. Some have hopes of reaching Saudi Arabia for work, but in the meantime they are stuck in war-torn Yemen, ravaged by a Cholera outbreak.

Canada NAFTA Negotiations: Feds to Seek Chapter On Gender Rights in New Deal
August 15, 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, said that the trade agreements need to be a win-win for workers at home and abroad to enjoy higher wages and better working conditions. Also they need to include a new chapter on gender that promotes equality. Francesca Rhodes, women’s rights and advocacy specialist at Oxfam believes that the Canadian-Chilean trade agreement, which included a section on gender equality, was a good first step but hopes that NAFTA will take an even stronger stance on the issue.

Iran could quit nuclear deal in ‘hours’ if new U.S. sanctions imposed: Rouhani
August 15, 2017
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran said that if any more sanctions are imposed on the country, it will return to their nuclear advancement program “within hours”. US Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said the new sanctions are in relation to Iran’s “missile launches, support for terrorism, disregard for human rights and violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions” and therefore do not violate the agreement. President Rouhani has pointed to the other deals the U.S. has breached under President Trump, such as the Paris Accord and the Cuba Accord.