Europe swelters amidst unusually hot summer

By | 2018-08-09T14:23:22+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

The Northern Hemisphere witnessed one of its hottest summer in years amid unusually high temperatures, from Tokyo to London. While summer has often been regarded as a relief from the chilly weather throughout much of the year in Europe, the record-breaking heatwaves this year have instead became a cause of public health concerns and has [...]

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July in Review

By | 2018-08-03T13:21:28+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Following are some of major events that have been dominating the global headlines in the month of July:   Leftist wins Mexico’s presidential election amid promise of ambitious transformation Mexico voted in a new leftist government on 1 July in an election that was dominated by issues such as corruption, organised crime and [...]

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Unrest in oil-rich region fuels fears of instability in Iraq

By | 2018-07-27T13:37:02+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Protests erupted in early July in major southern Iraqi cities including Karbala, Najaf and Basra as anger boiled over the level of public services offered in the oil-rich region. In contrast with violence that has been plaguing central and northwest Iraq, the south has been enjoying a period of relative calm in recent years, making [...]

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Trump’s tough immigration stance sparks backlash across US

By | 2018-07-23T11:22:06+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

The immigration policy of US President Donald Trump once again reignited controversies in June when families who were detained for illegal entry were separated at the border. Trump himself has made no secret that his administration will come down hard on immigration and this has clearly been reflected in his policies since taking office, from [...]

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June in Review

By | 2018-06-30T14:52:40+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Following are some of major events that have been dominating the global headlines in the month of June:   Trump meets Kim in historic Singapore summit US President Donald J. Trump held a historic summit with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un in Singapore after much back and forth during the planning [...]

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Resurgence of jihadists in Indonesia highlights threat by IS in SE Asia

By | 2018-06-21T12:52:42+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Indonesia was rocked by two terror attacks in May 2018, following the previous one in central Jakarta almost two years prior. A country that is no stranger to terrorism since the deadly bombings in Bali between 2002 and 2003, the latest attacks in Surabaya are a clear reminder that the threat of jihadism has never [...]

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Russia 2018 World Cup – Special advice for women and LGBTQ travelers

By | 2018-06-13T13:14:27+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Several countries’ diplomatic bodies, travel specialists and international agencies provide sets of advice for different countries and different cultures, especially when it comes to major events as the World Cup. For Russia 2018 World Cup, one of the controversies regarding safety is related to LGBTQ receptivity. Attitude towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer travelers [...]

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Massive protests in Nicaragua call for President to resign

By | 2018-06-12T16:47:41+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

For over a month Nicaragua has faced a social and political crisis. Among other causes, it was prompted by President Daniel Ortega’s abrupt announcement of a Social Security reform that would increase taxes and decrease benefits, affecting workers, employers and retirees. This circumstance triggered massive demonstrations and civil unrest which started mostly with university students but [...]

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May in Review

By | 2018-06-12T15:09:44+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Following are some of major events that have been dominating the global headlines in the month of May:   Deadly clashes erupt in Gaza as US opens embassy in Jerusalem The opening of the relocated US embassy in East Jerusalem turned into a chaotic affair as Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in Gaza. [...]

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Armenian PM ousted following massive street protests

By | 2018-06-12T15:12:53+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

The democracy beacon in Armenia was finally lightened when Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned after days of street protests. His resignation was regarded as the victory of the masses against the ruling party that attempted to extend Sargsyan’s rule. The movement would not have succeeded without the efforts of the opposition leader Nikol Pashinian, who embarked [...]

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