Australian soldiers deployed to Solomon Islands amid unrest

Australia will send over 100 personnel from the Federal Police and Defence Force to Solomon Islands amidst civil and political unrest in the nation’s capital, Honiara. The deployment comes after over 1,000 residents united to protest outside of Honiara’s Parliament throughout the week. Growing unrest in Solomon Islands has developed further today, with Australia now…

“Period of unprecedented global cooperation” but US democracy “backsliding”, says report

The most recent Global State of Democracy report released by a European thinktank suggests democracy is “on the back foot” and the US is “backsliding”. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has released their annual Global State of Democracy Report. Democratic trends are recorded from 1975 onwards according to 29 criteria, with…

South Africa identifies new COVID-19 variant, UK changes border restrictions

South Africa has recorded the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant that may be more transmissible than previous iterations. The UK has closed borders to the nation while Australian authorities are waiting for more information. Only months after the emergence of the threatening Delta variant, a new variant may be on the horizon. The strain,…

Instagram chief executive to testify on app’s impacts

Instagram’s chief executive Adam Mosseri will appear before the US Senate to testify before Congress next month. His testimony will come as part of a larger inquiry conducted by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation. This year has seen several influential people testify before Congress. The Senate Commerce Committee’s subcommittee for consumer protection…

Debate on federal anti-corruption body blocked in Senate

The long-discussed debate of a federal anti-corruption body has been blocked in the Senate, leaving little hope as the year’s parliamentary session draws to a close. The Commonwealth Integrity Commission was first conceived in 2018 by then-Attorney-General Christian Porter. After a year of high-profile inquiries into the conduct of several state officials, some Labor and…