US votes against UN anti-Nazi Resolution

Key details: 22/11/2017 from Canada This is a yearly resolution brought to the floor of the UNGA, so legally non-binding in nature. The US has always voted “no” on this resolution (including under the Obama administration) due to issues with freedom of expression. It is receiving heavy attention now due to the Trump administration’s failure to quickly condemn pro-nazi speech and neo-nazi violence taking place in America. The resolution was written and sponsored by Russia, which might explain the US comments regarding the resolution being used for political motivations (as to why Ukraine has traditionally voted no). Therefore it is having implications on how the US[…]

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Trump Administration Ban Electronic Devices on Planes: Market Oriented Approach

Key details: 24/03/2017 from Qatar Assessment: The Trump administration has recently implemented restrictions on passengers travelling to the United States via airlines that belong to eight Muslim-majority countries. These restrictions exclude carrying electronic devices. The most prominent airline companies are Qatar airways, Etihad and Emirates airlines. This is the second time the current US administration has targeted Muslim majority countries. Actions include completely banning people that are from Muslim majority countries from entering the US to banning passengers from carrying electronic devices of airlines flying to the US including Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. However, rather than[…]

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Dyllan Roof inspired plan to attack South Carolina Synagogue thwarted by FBI

Key details: 17/02/2017 from Qatar Assessment: -29-year-old man named Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, affiliated with white supremacist gangs -Purchased a .40 caliber Glock handgun and ammunition -Suspect planned a Dylann Roof-style massacre on a SC Synagogue -Subsequently arrested by the FBI, who have been tracking him since December, in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday -Dylann Roof was sentenced to death in January after being found guilty in the murder of nine African-American parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June of 2015 This is a case of 5GW whereby the suspect (Benjamin McDowell) was basing his intentions on a cause that has been building[…]

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