by Pier Washpon

President Maduro strips Venezuela’s parliament of power
August 19, 2017
Venezuela’s opposition- held parliament was stripped of its legislative powers. The constituent assembly, ‘superbody,’ has unlimited power and will update the constitution in pursuit of Maduro’s political agenda. Opposition leaders have been detained, barred or forced into hiding. Former attorney general Luisa Ortega Diaz claimed asylum in Colombia fearing for her life.

Comedian and Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies at 84
August 19, 2017
Comedian Dick Gregory was also a civil rights activist, participating and marches, sit-ins, hunger strikes, and integrating his experiences into his work. He believed America to be ‘the most racist system on the planet and hoped that America would address racism and sexism.’

North Korea warns of ‘merciless strike’ ahead of US-South Korea drills
August 20, 2017
The US-South Korean 10-day military drills are set to go ahead despite North Korea’s threats of striking Guam and Hawaii. The South Korean President said that there will be no war on the Korean peninsula ever again. Rex Tillerson said that while they would want to peacefully solve their disagreements, military options will remain on the table.

Mali peace deal allows chaos to gain upper hand
August 20, 2017
The 2015 peace agreement failed to settle turf wars in northern Mali. G5 Sahel, a regional coalition counter terror force is being put in place to deal with the spread of trafficking. UN officials claim the peace deal was a facade used for people to continue doing their ‘shady business.’ Some argue sending more troops inside the country will create more targets for criminals.  

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy isn’t a flip-flop. But his entire foreign policy is
August 21, 2017
Donald Trump is expected to increase the number of American troops for his plan on Afghanistan. In the past, he tweeted multiple times that then President Obama should pull all troops out of the country.  During the Presidential debates he said that troops must stay to prevent a complete collapse. However, his rhetoric about staying out of other countries affairs proves to be fleeting, as he has carried out strikes in Syria, escalated tensions with North Korea, and threatened intervention in Venezuela.

Demanding Ban on Killer Roberts, Tech Experts Warn of Opening “This Pandora’s Box”
August 21, 2017
Robotics and artificial intelligence experts warn that autonomous weapons could become the third wave in warfare. A letter was written to the UN, urging a ban on the development of such weapons. 4 permanent countries on the UN Security Council, excluding France, are developing autonomous weapons according to Human Rights Watch. The Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems has a meeting scheduled in November, and more than 90 countries are expected to participate.

Timor Police Fire Tear Gas During Student Protest
August 21, 2017
Hundreds of students protesting government corruption were met with tear gas from police trying to disperse the crowds. Income inequality and high levels of unemployment for the youth is causing people to protest. Parliament suspended an auction of government cars as several police officers were injured, and the fear of cars being targeted for destruction.

Hundreds of women gather for peace conference in eastern Afghanistan
August 21, 2017
Government officials and UN representatives expressed that women play a critical role in peace-building at a regional conference in Afghanistan. Over 300 people participated and 250 women came from districts across the eastern region. A group of 15 women stated that they want to meet directly with the Taliban to get them to join the peace process.

Saudi crown prince discusses Mideast peace with U.S. officials
August 22, 2017
Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi crown prince met with Jared Kushner to discuss peace between Israel and Palestine, and ways to combat terrorist financing.

IS conflict: Iraqi forces enter outskirts of Tal Afar
August 22, 2017
Tal Afar is said to be one of the last strongholds of the Islamic State. Government forces captured 235 square kilometers of territory within 24 hours of the operation. IS militants responded by suicide car bombs and firing rockets,  but a commander said they expect to face more resistance as they enter the city center. More than 30,000 civilians have fled the Tal Afar region since April, as the humanitarian conditions continue to worsen.