International

DENUCLEARIZATION OF NORTH KOREA

Many believe that the Fourth World War will be fought with sticks and stones. While this may seem like an abstract statement, it is a very scary possibility. With nine countries possessing a nuclear arsenal, World War Three would most definitely by the world’s first nuclear war, and the destruction the war would cause is unfathomable. Most people also believe that the next global war will originate in the Korean peninsula, with the ever-increasing tensions between Kim Jong Un, dictator of North Korea, and Donald Trump, the President of the United States.

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The Opening of the Cinema Industry in Saudi Arabia-More Than Just Economic Reform?

After more than 35 years of lockdown, Saudis will finally be able to participate in an everyday social activity the rest of the world takes for granted – going to the movies.The first cinema, launched by American chain AMC Theatres, will open in the nation’s capital, Riyadh. Saudi Arabia had some cinemas in the 1970s but its powerful clerics closed them, reflecting rising Islamist influence throughout the Arab region at the time. The move is a huge blow to the country’s religious establishment, who had historically been influencing the nation to embrace an extremely conservative interpretation of Islam. Saudi Arabia’s highest-ranking religious authority, Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh, warned against the “depravity” of commercial theaters in January, and has publicly opposed their opening.

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RECENT FIRING IN GAZA

On April 13, Palestinians and Israelis were once again embroiled in a skirmish as a result of the Great Return March protest. The third Friday of mass protests led to 363 Palestinians being injured and 14 medics suffering the effects of tear gas inhalation. The Palestinian Health Ministry and the Red Crescent Society has also reported that 23 Palestinians were shot with live fire. These protests having been taking place along the Israel border.

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Economic Warfare: The Growing Tension between USA and China

It has been more than seventy years since the beginning of the last Cold War, and now a possibility for a new one arises.Ever since Mr. Trump was elected as President of the United States in 2016, tension has been mounting between the geo-political giants, USA and China. The circumstances however, are quite different from the ubiquitous tension of the past century. The twentieth century saw the clash of two contrasting and opposing ideologies: Capitalism and Communism-Socialism. The United States and Western Europe practiced Capitalism, which focused on liberty through free markets, and the Soviet Union and China practiced Communism-Socialism, which advocated state involvement to engender equality.

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SYRIA: TRAGEDY THE WORLD HAS FORGOTTEN

Syria, a country of high mountains, deserts and fertile plains is the home to diverse ethnic and religious groups and lies west of Iraq. The trouble in Syria began in 2011 in the city of Deraa where 15 school children were arrested and reportedly tortured for writing anti-government graffiti on a wall. The locals decided to protest against the move. The protestors peacefully called for the release of the children, democracy and greater freedom for the people in the country. Assad's government responded angrily to the protest and on March 18, 2011 the army opened fire on the protestors. It killed four people. The following day army shot at the people gathered to mourn at the funeral of the victims. This lead to the creation of an unprecedented anger in the people and gave birth to an unrest that would last for more than half a decade.

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Toyota And Suzuki Sign Mutual Agreement to Supply Certain Models In India

After much waiting, Japanese Automobile major Toyota, has finally put together an India-specific small car strategy in place. Its India unit will source two cars manufactured by Maruti Suzuki, the Baleno and Brezza, including the Hybrid Variants, and in return Toyota will offer its Corolla sedan to Maruti. With this move the two companies aim to strengthen their position in a car market that is touted to become the third largest globally by 2020.

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THE DEBATE FOR GUN CONTROL IN THE UNITED STATES

17 dead in Parkland, Florida. 3 adults and 14 teens, killed by an ex-student. Young, eager teens, with their whole life ahead of them, dead before it even began. This seems all too familiar to the United States, as there have been over 1624 mass shootings in less than 200 days. Even more alarming is the fact that in the 37 days since the shooting in Parkland, 73 teens have lost their lives due to a gun. Lawmakers are scrambling to decide on gun laws that would make it harder for teens to buy guns, which could potentially prevent another Parkland. However, it may not be as black and white as it sounds. The heated debate over gun control has once again taken the United States by storm.

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Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Scandal and the Importance of Data

Modern political landscapes are witnessing rapid polarization. Many examples include a rise in popularity of neo-fascist and right-wing ideologies in Europe and USA, increasing support for traditionalistic ideologies in India and even ‘Brexit’ due to issues such as immigration, refugee crises, increasing wealth inequality and dynamic cultural outlook of people. This increasing complexity of political stances among individuals is rendering conventional election PR machinery obsolete and the recent exposure of Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal has unveiled these unconventional big data-driven practices that seek to change audience behavior based on personal profiling and targeting of individuals on a massive scale.

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PUTIN’S WIN IN THE RUSSIAN ELECTIONS 2018 AND HIS RELATIONS WITH THE WEST

President Vladimir Putin of Russia was re-elected to his fourth term as Russia’s head of state during the March 2018 election, winning over 76.69% of the popular vote. Ever since Putin got elected to his first term in 2000 with 53% of the popular vote, he went on to restructure the government both in political and economic reforms, launching criminal investigation into business dealings of the high-profile Russian citizens. Has anything changed in the governance?

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India Pakistan Diplomatic Tussle

Relations between India and Pakistan have been complex and largely hostile due to historic and political events. Relations between the two states have been defined by the violent partition of British India in 1947, the Kashmir conflicts and the numerous military conflicts between the two nations. Despite many positive initiations taken, the India-Pakistan relationship in recent times has hit a rock bottom with some sore issues sticking out.

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POISONING INCIDENT IN UK: SEEMS LIKE RUSSIA CAN GET AWAY WITH MURDER

On a warm spring evening two people in Salisbury, United Kingdom, sat on a bench, talking. They were smiling and laughing, nothing out of the ordinary, when suddenly both keeled over and started to throw up and spasm. The emergency services were called and the duo were admitted for chemical poisoning. Her Majesty's government then released a statement blaming the Russian state for the attack on one of their own countrymen, a double agent, and his daughter because the nerve agent used - Novichok, is a class of nerve agent that only Russia is known to possess, according to testimonies from defectors.

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Political Turmoil in Maldives

A couple’s getaway, a family’s getaway, a friends’ getaway, a solo getaway, best for any type of vacation; that is how we have always known the ‘island paradise’-Maldives. But in the recent years, Maldives has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Political drama of this country is centred not on the beaches but in Male, the tiny urbanised island capital where all the major institutions of Maldives are based.

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Part_1 : Socialism with Chinese Characteristics

Socialism and Communism can be used has reciprocally because while all communist regimes are socialist, all socialist regimes are not communists. Read on to discover how deeply the definitions have been mutatated in the 21st century

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Part_2 : Socialism With Chinese Characteristics

According to the Forbes magazine, out of 2043 billionaires worldwide, 319 were from China in 2k17. However, in Mao Zedang's utopian society there was be no inequality arising from the difference in wealth of different citizens. Read on and know what went wrong.

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Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

This title is so simplistically black and white that at a wayward glance at it and any layman would probably think that it’s from a tweet by the President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump.

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