Author: Jennifer Oroilidis (Brussels, Belgium)

Turkey releases German journalist,
six others given life

Deniz Yücel, a 44-year-old German-Turkish journalist, was released from prison in Istanbul on Friday, February 16th, 2018. Yücel, a correspondent for the German daily Die Welt, had spent 367 days in pre-trial detention without indictment. On the day of his release, he was indicted on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred. The Istanbul state prosecutor called for Yücel… Read more »

An Olympic Thaw
in Korean Relations?

Talks between North and South Korea began on Tuesday, January 9th, followed by more meetings this past Monday and Wednesday, which finally led to breakthrough developments for the Winter Olympic Games. The discussions were held in Panmunjom, a truce village in the demilitarised zone, and headed by the chairman of North Korea’s Committee for Peaceful… Read more »

Pope Francis Visits Myanmar

On Monday, November 27, 2017 Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic church, arrived in Myanmar for a three-day visit. His journey was highly anticipated, as many hoped he would address the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Many were disappointed. In a key note speech delivered Monday afternoon, he stated: “The… Read more »

Bosnian Croat War Criminal Poisons Himself in Hague Court

Slobodan Praljak (72), a former Bosnian Croat military commander, killed himself by drinking poison in the court room of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague on Wednesday November 29, 2017. Seconds after appeals judges upheld his sentence of 20 years for war crimes during the Bosnian War, he declared… Read more »