Today we stand on the precipice of a new international conflict in the Pacific. While China is not seeking to rule internationally under one party its multi-faceted attack on democracy has enabled and emboldened authoritarian leaders worldwide to reject human rights, democracy, and justice.
Students and academics, especially Chinese nationals, are facing a growing atmosphere of fear with free speech and academic freedom increasingly under threat in Australia, Canada, the United States, and other countries.
According to United Nations’, the August 14 disaster in Haiti has affected more than 2 million people, killed more than 2,000, and injured more than 12,000. The earthquake destroyed more than 50,000 homes and damaged nearly 80,000 more, leaving tens of thousands of people displaced or without homes.
On August 16, President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, and the Taliban established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. While the world is still processing the West's defeat in the country and the collapses of the Afghan government, women fear for their lives, and a new armed resistance movement is born.
The Taliban have conquered Afghanistan in over a week, despite the hundreds of billions of dollars spent by the U.S. and NATO for 20 years to build up the Afghan military.