Taiwan Legislation on Gay Rights: Dilemma of Conservative Societies

Conservative societies have a problem. They don’t like change. Whether it is due to social, cultural or religious causes, conservatives prefer to stick to old values. And they tend to resist drastic changes, especially if it is about giving the rights to the gay community. This past Friday, Taiwan’s parliament legalized same-sex marriage, which is obviously hailed by the LGBT community of the island country which has become Asia’s first country to legalize such act in the continent which is largely conservative. The President has yet to sign, and she…

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South African Election and Future Challenges: Analysis

Last weekend, on 8Th May, was the Election day in South Africa and the results were predictable, regarding the winning party ever since the end of the Apartheid era in 1994. The African National Congress (ANC), Nelson Mandela’s party which led the country to freedom from oppressed rule, has won all the elections since 1994 with the majority that is beyond comfortable by any standards. And it was not a surprise that when the electoral commission of South Africa announced the victory of ANC despite the voter disillusionment and charges of…

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Alabama’s Anti-Abortion Law: A Means to An End?

Alabama passed a bill on Tuesday, which can be referred to as the Unites States’ strictest abortion law, banning it in any form except for the cases where the unborn child’s mother’s life is in danger. It stipulates severe punishments for those performing abortions with life prison. The bill needs Governor’s approval, who is known to be an opponent of abortion. With the Conservative backing, the legislation is aimed at reversing the Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. The Alabama Senate reached this decision with…

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Sabotage Attacks on Ships: An Unresolved Middle-Eastern Puzzle

This past Sunday, an incident in the Strait of Hormuz  occurred when four ships were sabotaged by unknown attackers. The ships included two Saudi oil tankers which were attacked off the coast of the U.A.E. One of the ships was destined for the US before picking up oil from Saudi Arabia. The attack, that was predicted by the US (2019), occurred in the aftermath of the US deployment of B.52 bombers along with an assault ship to bolster an aircraft in the region, with the purpose to contain Iran. The…

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North Korean Missile Tests: Is Kim-Trump Marriage Over?

Kim Jong Un knows how to draw global attention. He test-fires a few missiles that means he is angry. He is again at loggerheads with the US President. The foes-turned-friends last year at the summit in Singapore have developed differences since February this year following the meeting of the two leaders which ended in a no deal. Now, North Korea’s displeasure has been expressed in its recent tests of short-range projectiles and missiles earlier this month, the first missile test launch since 2017. The North Korea missile program reached its zenith…

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