The Dalai Lama Visits Mongolia: Who's Slapping Who with the Yellow Hat?

The Dalai Lama Visits Mongolia: Who's Slapping Who with the Yellow Hat?

Two months ago, on November 18th, 2016 His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Mongolia. He had been invited to speak by the Gandantegchinlen Monastery on issues of materialism and faith in the twenty-first century. Normally this would not be a newsworthy event outside of Ulaanbaatar and yet it made many Western headlines. This visit was significant because the Dalai Lama’s confirmed the identity of the 10th Jebtsundampa Khatagt, which signalled the growing importance of Mongolia in future Tibetan-Chinese relations. This however, was completed missed by many Western news sources who spun this even as significant because of economic reasons.

Iranian and Saudi Rivalries: Pouring Oil on Troubled Waters

Iranian and Saudi Rivalries: Pouring Oil on Troubled Waters

The Iranian-Saudi hostility is one of the most vehement in the world; propelling the entire middle-eastern region into a series of proxy struggles and divvying world-super powers into allies and foes. This destructive legacy however is at a cross-road. Political pundits are divided in the current calamity; will amicable OPEC negotiations lead to a new Middle Eastern hegemony, bringing stability to the entire region or will hostile status quo challenges propel the Middle East down its present path of Machiavellian inferno?

Chinese Mining Interests in Ecuador Are Forcing Farmers Out of Their Communities

Chinese Mining Interests in Ecuador Are Forcing Farmers Out of Their Communities

Mirador is the biggest mining project in Ecuador. Initially owned by the Australian company BHP Billiton (1994), it was acquired by the Canadian company Corriente Resources (2004) and handed to the Chinese consortium CRCC Tongguan, through its local subsidiary Ecuacorriente (2010). On 2012, the Ecuadorian government signed a 25-year contract with the latter and projected to receive up to US$ 280 billions back then when copper prize was almost double in the international markets.

Karachi Heatwave: Quick Facts and Essential Steps Towards a Management Plan

Karachi Heatwave: Quick Facts and Essential Steps Towards a Management Plan

According to the report published in July 2015 by the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, the heatwave that occurred in Karachi from June 17 to 25, 2015 caused the loss of more than 1200 human lives. The maximum recorded temperature was 44.8°C on June 20. As per the heat index, it felt like 66°C to the human body due to high humidity and low wind speed. According to experts, a heat index greater than 54°C puts people in extreme danger of heatstroke, which was the main cause for the casualties in Karachi.

Settling Sovereignty Claims over the Hans Island

Settling Sovereignty Claims over the Hans Island

Since the 1960s onward, in the circumpolar Arctic, a tiny barren islet of just 1.3 km² has been triggering non-negligible tensions between two NATO allies. Indeed, Denmark and Canada are both claiming sovereignty over the Hans Island, a dispute not rooted on claiming the territory but rather on the ability of both nations to exert sovereignty in the Arctic.