UK makes financial commitment to MH17 investigation on anniversary of flight being shot down

UK makes financial commitment to MH17 investigation on anniversary of flight being shot down

Five years ago today (July 17) Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot out of the sky over Ukraine resulting in the deaths of 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.  Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has paid tribute to the victims by announcing that the UK will provide financial support...

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The East West Institute & Conflict Prevention

The East West Institute & Conflict Prevention

The EastWest Institute (EWI) is an international non governmental organisation, founded in 1980, that works to reduce international conflict. The institute has a 39-year track record of convening dialogue and back channel diplomacy to develop sustainable solutions for today’s major political, economic and security issues. It is committed to bringing...

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International News Roundup July 2019

International News Roundup July 2019

Tblisi, Georgia Protests continue to rage in the Georgian capital after crowds gathered for weeks demand the resignation of top officials and call for an early parliamentary election. The initial protests began as the result of Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov giving a speech in Russian from the speaker’s seat in...

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Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney announce star panel of legal experts at conference on media freedom

Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney announce star panel of legal experts at conference on media freedom

This week, July 10th and 11th, the Global Conference for Media Freedom conferred in London. The conference was the first of its kind and was co-hosted by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Canadian Minister of Foreign. Affairs Chrystia Freeland. It is part of an international campaign to shine a...

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Waste Wars: A New Dump

Waste Wars: A New Dump

Big countries are feeling the pressure of overstocked landfills as environmental regulations and trade agreements shake up traditional waste flows. The world produces 2.1 billion tonnes of rubbish each year with only 16% recycled and 46% disposed of unsustainably. Countries such as China, once the dumping ground for almost 4...

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Ukraine and Georgia: A Tale of Two Pride Marches

Ukraine and Georgia: A Tale of Two Pride Marches

June is recognized worldwide as LGBT Pride Month, and therefore is the time of year filled with gay pride parades around the world. Since the first gay pride parade in New York City on June 28, 1970, it has become common practice for streets and public spaces to be flooded...

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World nuclear capabilities rise while number of weapons decline, report says

World nuclear capabilities rise while number of weapons decline, report says

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently released their annual publication, SIPRI Yearbook 2019, which details the current condition of nuclear armament around the world. According to SIPRI Governing Board Chair Ambassador Jan Eliason, this year’s “key finding is that despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear...

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Remembering the Iran Green Movement, Ten Years Later

Remembering the Iran Green Movement, Ten Years Later

The rise of tensions between the U.S. and Iran in light of the supposed Iranian attack on two American oil tankers and the constant insecurity surrounding Iran’s nuclear capabilities have solidified a vision of Iran as a foreign nation, a Middle Eastern autocracy that eschews Western values entirely; it was...

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Venezuelan Migrants Continue to Flee Country in Crisis

Venezuelan Migrants Continue to Flee Country in Crisis

Days ahead of the introduction of new immigration laws in Peru, thousands of Venezuelans have hurried to pass the border into the country, with authorities estimating that 6,000 Venezuelan refugees entered the country through neighboring Ecuador on Thursday alone. Under the new laws, Venezuelans need a passport and visa to...

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Royal family member meets young Syrian peace-builders in Lebanon

Royal family member meets young Syrian peace-builders in Lebanon

During the first official royal visit to the country, on June 12th 2019, HRH The Countess of Wessex joined The Reverend Nadim Nassar, Founder and Executive Director of the Awareness Foundation, in order to meet six graduates of the Foundation’s ‘Ambassadors for Peace’ programme. Ambassadors for Peace is an ecumenical,...

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