East Asia

China Oil Spill Now the Size of Paris

China Oil Spill Now the Size of Paris

On January 6, 2018, a Iranian tanker, the Sanchi, collided with a Hong Kong cargo ship at about 260 km (162 miles) off Shanghai, China’s richest city in terms of GDP, setting the oil tanker on fire. The Sanchi had 30 Iranian and 3 Bangladesh […]

North and South Korea to March at Olympics Under Joint Flag

North and South Korea to March at Olympics Under Joint Flag

Amidst the concerns of the international community regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, North and South Korea had a series of talks regarding the North’s participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics starting February 9. Following the third rounds of talks at the demilitarized zone […]

India Tests Long-Range Missile

India Tests Long-Range Missile

Last Thursday, January 18th, India successfully tested a long range intercontinental ballistic missile, Agni 5, that was their first successful missile test after December 2016. India’s Defense Ministry tweeted that it was fired from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha. India is not […]

North Korea at 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics?

North Korea at 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics?

On December 31st 2017, North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un warmly congratulated South Korea on hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang when delivering his new year address. He mentioned that in the light of the new year, he hoped that the North and the […]

Terrorist Leader Killed by Indian Security Forces

Terrorist Leader Killed by Indian Security Forces

On December 27, 2017, Noor Mohammad Tantray, a leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), was killed by Indian Security Forces during a fierce crossfire in the Pulwama district. The JeM, which stands for the Army of the Prophet Mohammed, is a separatist organization based in Pakistan […]

For the First Time in Two Years, North Korea and South Korea Reconnect

For the First Time in Two Years, North Korea and South Korea Reconnect

Amidst the talk about North Korea’s participation the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics in February, North Korea has revived the hotline in Panmunjom with South Korea on Wednesday, January 3rd. It had been nearly two years since North Korea had used the hotline. The hotline, located in […]

Pope Francis Refuses to Say “Rohingya” during Myanmar Trip

Pope Francis Refuses to Say “Rohingya” during Myanmar Trip

During Pope Francis’s late November visit to Myanmar, observers were focused on one specific detail. It wasn’t about who he met or what he wore. Rather, it was whether Pope Francis would say the word “Rohingya.” To understand why the Pope faced a dilemma about […]