Closing its Doors? A Look At The Recent Release of Prisoners From Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre

Closing its Doors? A Look At The Recent Release of Prisoners From Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre

It is no secret that President of the United States, Barack Obama, has been desperately trying to close down Guantanamo Bay, the American military prison and detention centre in Cuba, since taking office in January 2009. The first detainees arrived at Guantanamo Bay on 11 January 2002 under the command...
The Problem with Germany’s Healthcare

The Problem with Germany’s Healthcare

Despite its economic dominance in Europe, Germany, like many of its neighbours, suffers from a rapidly ageing population. It is estimated that one out of five German citizens today are aged sixty-five or older. This demographic has allowed for the rise of a lucrative healthcare sector with an economic output...
In Welcoming Refugees to the Vatican, Pope Practices what he Preaches

In Welcoming Refugees to the Vatican, Pope Practices what he Preaches

Pope Francis has garnered quite the reputation as a ‘maverick’ Pope, from publically speaking about divorced Catholics receiving communion and practicing tolerance towards the LGBT community, to rather famously calling out Donald Trump. While both critics and supporters are quick to point out, albeit for different reasons, that he has...
Who is part of Modi’s India?

Who is part of Modi’s India?

Narendra Modi’s India has been praised for its efforts to open itself to wider markets and allow greater foreign investment. Although this may be more pertinent to those looking in on India from the outside, the internal struggles that have bubbled to the surface reveal a lot about Modi’s vision,...
The politics of the veil in France – a reflection on the shortcomings of western feminism

The politics of the veil in France – a reflection on the shortcomings of western feminism

A recent interview with French women’s rights minister Laurence Rossignol, in which she compared Muslim women wearing the veil to ‘American negroes who were in favour of slavery’ provoked widespread anger in France; a petition demanding that she face sanctions for her words highlights the irony in the fact that...
Violating Olympic Norms: A Timeless Tradition

Violating Olympic Norms: A Timeless Tradition

Since December 2014, the Russian state has been accused of administering a state-sponsored doping program to athletes competing in international competitions. A report compiled by the Independent Commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ‘[…] confirmed the existence of widespread cheating through the use of doping substances and methods...
Deportation Instead of Protection: The State of Child Migration in Central America

Deportation Instead of Protection: The State of Child Migration in Central America

In 2015, 170,000 child migrants were apprehended at the Mexican border. A majority of these children, both unaccompanied and accompanied minors, travelled from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, collectively a region known as the Northern Triangle. The Northern Triangle is infamous for gang violence, which has plagued the region for...
Why We Should Remember Asad Shah

Why We Should Remember Asad Shah

In this world of blaring noise, where social media constantly shouts facts and statistics at us; where news has to be ‘breaking’ in order to be meaningful; where violent and sexual images have become so ubiquitous that people refuse to be shocked by deaths in far-off countries – in this...
France’s New Prostitution Law: More Problematic Than it Seems

France’s New Prostitution Law: More Problematic Than it Seems

After two years of internal parliamentary conflict, French MPs passed a controversial law on 7 April which makes paying for sex a criminal offence. First offenders are to be fined €1500, and second-time offenders will be charged €3750 and have the infraction marked on their criminal record. MP Maud Olivier,...
Impeachment: Solving or Creating Problems?

Impeachment: Solving or Creating Problems?

It’s official. Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted on 17 April to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, 367 to 137. Tensions in the country are so high the police built a temporary metal wall to separate protestors outside the government building. The scandal surrounding Brazil’s government, the state-run oil company, Petrobras,...
China: The World's Drone Superstore

China: The World’s Drone Superstore

China’s drone market is the one of the more recent pieces of fuel added to the fire that is the “Rise of China” debate. Over the past decade with its rapidly growing economy, the international community has heavily focused on what China’s ascendance means for the international system as a...
China and Japan: At it Again?

China and Japan: At it Again?

Sino-Japanese tensions have been back in the news, with a series of Japanese naval visits and manoeuvres. Chinese state-run press agency Xinhua denounced Abe on 29 March, calling Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a ‘warlord,’ and saying that these actions ‘will only serve to endanger the Japanese public’s right to...
The UK's Nuclear Dilemma

The UK’s Nuclear Dilemma

Since the end of the Cold War, the world has steadily moved away from nuclear war through multilateral treaties and disarmament. Conversely however, the future of Britain’s nuclear capability has become an increasingly large part of British politics. Trident—the UK’s nuclear weapon program–was a topic of debate in the Scottish...
Barely Legal: The Ethical Implications of the Panama Papers

Barely Legal: The Ethical Implications of the Panama Papers

In a sensational combination of power, wealth, and financial secrecy, the now ubiquitous ‘Panama Papers’ revealed a treasure trove of previously inaccessible information about the opaque operations of offshore finance. The leak, divulged from the files of Panama City-based law firm Mossack Fonseca on 4 April, represents the world’s largest...
Iranian Election Results: An Exercise in Cautious Optimism

Iranian Election Results: An Exercise in Cautious Optimism

One of the most interesting places in the world in 2016 is the country of Iran. In July 2015, the country signed an agreement with six world powers to curtail its nuclear activities. In exchange, on 16 January 2016 international sanctions on Iran were lifted, unfreezing US$100 billion in assets,...
Islamism in Somalia: the Historical Context of Al-Shabaab

Islamism in Somalia: the Historical Context of Al-Shabaab

Abdirahman Ahmed, petrified, leapt for cover in his hotel as violence erupted in the adjacent street. ‘The blast was so huge and windows [were] broken everywhere… gunfire was outside.’ Having enjoyed a quiet afternoon at the Somali Youth League Hotel, Abdirahman, like so many Somalis before him, was plunged albeit...
How small states get stuff done

How small states get stuff done

International relations is a high stakes game – it can only be played by the most efficacious players. If you aren’t Russia, China, the US, a major EU player, or a (possibly) rogue nuclear state like North Korea, chances are you don’t get the attention you deserve. So what can...
The Many Facets of Indonesia’s Prostitution Crackdown

The Many Facets of Indonesia’s Prostitution Crackdown

Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country, is coming to terms with its prostitution problem. The industry is technically illegal in the state; however, as in many other countries, it persists in major cities. Recently, the government has been attempting to close down the red light districts, and definitive action has finally...
America’s Entrance into the Big Leagues of Liquid Natural Gas and Energy Exports

America’s Entrance into the Big Leagues of Liquid Natural Gas and Energy Exports

After developing significant infrastructure, and partnerships, the United States has entered the business of exporting Liquid Natural Gas en masse. This entry will create many jobs and could help raise export rates, but it has not been well-received by other large players in the energy sectors, because they hoped to...
So We Got Him… Now What?

So We Got Him… Now What?

When Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was recaptured by Mexican authorities on 8 January, 2016, nearly six months after his elaborate prison escape, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto declared on Twitter, ‘Mission accomplished. We have him.’ But other than apprehending a criminal who had succeeded in very publically embarrassing the Mexican...
Rocking the Boat: Why you should care about Australia’s Defence White Paper

Rocking the Boat: Why you should care about Australia’s Defence White Paper

The Australian Government’s Department of Defence released a new Defence White Paper (DWP) 25 February 2016 outlining their long-term plans for future defence investment. In an international bureaucratic arena awash with thought pieces, policy papers and publications, the fact that this release sent shockwaves across the Asia-Pacific region seems baffling....
Misplaced Priorities: Closing Guantanamo Bay on Grounds of National Security

Misplaced Priorities: Closing Guantanamo Bay on Grounds of National Security

In his efforts to dismantle Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama noted, ‘For many years it’s been clear that the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it.’ The detention facility’s fundamental purpose of intelligence acquisition is being achieved with detrimental effects to U.S. national...
The Good and The Bad: Remembering First Lady Reagan's Legacy in Foreign Policy

The Good and The Bad: Remembering First Lady Reagan’s Legacy in Foreign Policy

Nancy Reagan, the wife of late U.S. president Ronald Reagan passed away on 6 March at the age of ninety-four. Headlines around the world remembered the former First Lady as a tour de force of personal style and as a woman who deeply influenced the White House during her husband’s...
Balance of Power in Southeast Asia: Vietnam’s Strategy

Balance of Power in Southeast Asia: Vietnam’s Strategy

Southeast Asia is economically booming, with a flood of foreign investment and a 5 per cent growth rate expected for 2016. A slowing Chinese economy does not even seem to break this good momentum. Politically however, things are not so positive. Southeast Asia is buying considerable amounts of weapons in...
Switzerland: The Rejection of Anti-Immigrant Policies by the People

Switzerland: The Rejection of Anti-Immigrant Policies by the People

A sigh of relief swept across Switzerland when a controversial proposal from the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) lost in a recent vote on 28 February. The proposal stated that if a foreigner committed two crimes, whether the crimes were minor or major, they would be expelled from the Swiss state....
The Many Facets of Indonesia’s Prostitution Crackdown

The Many Facets of Indonesia’s Prostitution Crackdown

Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country, is coming to terms with its prostitution problem. While the industry is technically illegal in the state, as in many other countries, it persists in major cities. Recently, the government has been attempting to close down the red light districts, and definitive action has finally...
Georgian Dream Deferred: The Shooting of a Prominent Politician & the State of Georgian Politics

Georgian Dream Deferred: The Shooting of a Prominent Politician & the State of Georgian Politics

In a brazen public attack on 26 February 2016, Alexey Patriashvili, the leader of Georgia’s Our Georgia-Free Democrats opposition party, was beaten and shot three times in the centre of the capital, Tbilisi. Georgian officials moved quickly to downplay the political nature of the attack, refusing to draw conclusions before...
Emerging Art Scenes: The Illustrative Case of Saudi Arabia

Emerging Art Scenes: The Illustrative Case of Saudi Arabia

In a world seemingly dominated by business and politics, it can be easy to forget the importance of art in society. Art is often associated with high society and intellectualism, which leads to relatively negative perceptions of countries lacking a relationship with modern art, as they are often perceived to...
Could the F-35 Finally Make its Way to Singapore?

Could the F-35 Finally Make its Way to Singapore?

Singapore’s acquisition of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II has shifted from an unlikely possibility to a plausible probability in recent months. The F-35 is being touted as a state-of-the-art fifth generation fighter, described as only second to the U.S. Air Force’s prized F-22 in air-to-air capabilities and the best...
FIFA’s Turnover Likely Means Continued Corruption

FIFA’s Turnover Likely Means Continued Corruption

Big changes are afoot for the international football community in the coming days and months following the election 26 February of new FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress in Zürich — but these changes could mean more of the same when it comes to the embattled...
Putting the Dam in Damocles: Iraq's Largest Dam at Risk of Collapse

Putting the Dam in Damocles: Iraq’s Largest Dam at Risk of Collapse

On 10 June 2014, the Islamic State (IS) occupied Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Since then, ethnic and religious minorities have been prosecuted while IS institutes its bloody and bizarre interpretation of Islamic law. However, IS may not actually be the biggest threat in the vicinity of Mosul. Upstream of...
Hungary’s Referendum About Refugee Quotas: A Legitimate Demand or a Case of Skillful Manipulation?

Hungary’s Referendum About Refugee Quotas: A Legitimate Demand or a Case of Skillful Manipulation?

‘An abuse of power:’ this is what Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán called the introduction of European Union refugee quotas on 24 February, upon announcing that Hungary would be holding a referendum about them. According to Orbán and his party, Fidesz, the imposition of the relocation quotas exceeds the EU’s...
More Harm Than Good: France’s Extension of State of Emergency

More Harm Than Good: France’s Extension of State of Emergency

After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, the French government issued a ‘state of emergency’ allowing authorities more autonomy during the crisis. The law specifically allows for an ‘expan[sion] in police powers to carry out arrests and searches and allows [them] to restrict the movements of people and...
Apple versus the FBI: A question of Security?

Apple versus the FBI: A question of Security?

There are certain buzzwords within modern American society that carry a significant amount of emotional weight. These, if applied deftly, will spark passionate debates  appearingboth in the professional media and on your personal social media feeds. The discussion regarding the  dispute between Apple and the FBI  concerning the iPhone of...
Fear and Prejudice: LGBT Refugees Search for Safety

Fear and Prejudice: LGBT Refugees Search for Safety

With the recent U.S. legalization of gay marriage, and similar progress in other states, there is a new impression of progress on LGBT issues. But being gay is still punishable by the death penalty in five countries, and by imprisonment in over fifty. Far more still allow ‘conversion therapies’; in...
Islamic State, The Libyan Liability and the F-15 Solution?

Islamic State, The Libyan Liability and the F-15 Solution?

The American F-15 has been rolling off the production line since 1970 but in its forty-five-year history, nothing has been as impressive as the impunity with which it operates in the skies above Libya. This was most recently demonstrated on the morning of February 19th, in which two F-15s broke...
The Yakuza: Japanese organized crime

The Yakuza: Japanese organized crime

The Japanese gangster – clad in vibrant full body tattoos and occasionally missing a finger or two from the ritual of Yubitsume – is a common image in Japanese culture and society. Referred to as the Yakuza, and by the government as boryokudan or ‘violent groups’, the criminal organization has...
‘Scexit’, the Scottish Exit

‘Scexit’, the Scottish Exit

Politicians are rarely exact. They use generalities; they skirt around issues and, most importantly, they are never certain about anything. It is said that a week is a long time in politics, so it is not in any politician’s interest to make an inalterable claim, particularly a prediction, in a...
Sexism in France: The Fate of Women in Politics

Sexism in France: The Fate of Women in Politics

Francois Hollande created the ‘family, children and women’s rights’ ministry in a cabinet reshuffle in February, and the backlash was almost immediate. Feminists across France condemned Hollande’s apparent intention to relegate women to the domestic sphere. MP Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet sarcastically tweeted that ‘Hollande forgot the sewing and ironing’, while Femen...
Brexit: Straining the Anglo-American Economic “Special Relationship"

Brexit: Straining the Anglo-American Economic “Special Relationship”

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced 24 February that there would be a referendum on UK membership to the European Union. Recent fears regarding immigration and extensive financial ties to Brussels have prompted the Conservative government to renegotiate the terms of its membership in an attempt to achieve a ‘better...
NATO in the Aegean Sea

NATO in the Aegean Sea

Despite widespread predictions made in December that the flow of migrants into the European Union (EU) would begin to slow in the new year, numbers have only continued to climb in the first months of 2016. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated that approximately 75,000 have...
Enhanced Interrogation and the War on Terror: Past and Present

Enhanced Interrogation and the War on Terror: Past and Present

The United States’ enhanced interrogation programme originated in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and became an important aspect of the subsequent War on Terror. The programme was introduced by the George W. Bush administration and was utilised until President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13491, which led to...
Those First 100 Days: Tanzania’s New President and the Rise of #WhatwouldMagufulido

Those First 100 Days: Tanzania’s New President and the Rise of #WhatwouldMagufulido

It has now been over 100 days since Tanzania elected Dr John Magufuli as the fifth president of the United Republic of Tanzania. What a time it has been! Magufuli, the son of a peasant farmer and former works minister, campaigned for the presidency on a platform of hard work....
Western Governments Should Learn to Live with Terrorism

Western Governments Should Learn to Live with Terrorism

The counter-terrorism policy recommendation to ‘learn to live with terrorism’ will most likely ignite irritation or even outrage when presented to policy makers or the public after a terrorist attack. Insensitivity or apathy could be features attributed to a person proposing this policy. If one imagines George W. Bush confronting...
Mexico’s Missing 43

Mexico’s Missing 43

It has been a year and five months since 43 Mexican students disappeared after a clash with police 26 September 2014. Despite multiple investigations being launched to determine the events of the night they disappeared, their fate remains contested and the incident is regarded as the largest stain on Mexico’s...
Tales from the Bottom of the Barrel: What’s Happening to Oil?

Tales from the Bottom of the Barrel: What’s Happening to Oil?

The story of global commodities cast a dark shadow over much of 2015 and this gloominess looks likely to continue in 2016. The price of crude oil has fallen from $105 per barrel in June 2014 to a meager $31 in February 2016. This represents more than a 70 per...
A Bridge Too Far? The Pope and the Patriarch in Cuba

A Bridge Too Far? The Pope and the Patriarch in Cuba

There are only a handful of global institutions that deal with their history in terms of millennia and two of these celebrated a remarkable first on February 12. In Havana, Cuba, Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, met with Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, for...
Another Year, Another Dry Season Offensive in Myanmar

Another Year, Another Dry Season Offensive in Myanmar

The dry season offensive in Myanmar has become somewhat of a tradition. This year, the refusal of various ethnic groups to sign a ‘National Ceasefire Accord’ led to early army attacks against one of the major rebel factions, the Shan State Army-North. After the Shan State Army refused a Myanmar...
Is Venezuela on the Road to Disaster?

Is Venezuela on the Road to Disaster?

From its tumultuous conception in 1830, Venezuela has never reached a state of complete economic stability. However, the country is currently facing its worst crisis yet, triggered by falling oil prices worldwide. Oil prices have fallen by more than 70 per cent since June 2014, and petroleum revenue accounts for...
Clinton or Trump: Can either handle foreign policy in the White House?

Clinton or Trump: Can either handle foreign policy in the White House?

If one looks at the base facts the situation seems quite clear, these two seem most likely to be the choices for President of one of the most influential nations in the world, and it seems that their foreign policy experience has not gotten proper lip service. Hillary Clinton, coming...
Continued Unrest in the Sinai Peninsula Strains International and Analytical Borders

Continued Unrest in the Sinai Peninsula Strains International and Analytical Borders

Since early 2015, the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt has been rocked by violence and instability. The region, bordered by the Gaza strip and Israel on one side and the Suez canal on the other, was already heavily militarized, and has been written off by the international community as a hotbed...
NHS War: Where the Winning Side Deserts

NHS War: Where the Winning Side Deserts

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt addressed parliament February 11 with a speech outlining the negotiations on the Junior Doctors’ contract, an ongoing debate which has defined parliamentary politics during the first months of 2016. In his speech, Hunt tried to put to rest claims of severe pay cuts, overstretched doctors...
El Niño and Ethiopia: Beyond a Humanitarian Crisis

El Niño and Ethiopia: Beyond a Humanitarian Crisis

El Niño, the pattern of oceanic warming in the Pacific that brings with it tumultuous, destabilising weather systems, has struck once more. Unprecedented flooding in the United Kingdom, persistent forest fires in Australia, and severe droughts in Central America have all been linked to this year’s El Niño system. Operating...
Whodunnit? The Case of the Ukraine Cyberattacks

Whodunnit? The Case of the Ukraine Cyberattacks

As the festive season approached in Ukraine last year, a time of peace, warmth, and friendship seemed a powerful respite for the conflict-ravaged state. However, as Christmas rounded the corner, Ukraine was hit by a new attack— this one hidden and ambiguous, yet just as powerful. The electricity grid that...
Tumultuous Tidings From Taiwan

Tumultuous Tidings From Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen, the presidential candidate of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, won 16 January a landslide victory in both the presidential and legislative elections over Eric Chu of the incumbent Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party. With her victory, Tsai promised a ‘new era of politics in Taiwan’. Such a statement carries...
Boosting Intelligence Sharing Between France, the United States, and the European Union

Boosting Intelligence Sharing Between France, the United States, and the European Union

Security fears in Europe have substantially heightened, especially after 130 people were killed in the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. The attacks, beyond sending shockwaves across Europe and around the world, have called into question how best to track and monitor people arriving in Europe as part of the largest and...
Pope Plays His Trump Card During Visit to Mexico

Pope Plays His Trump Card During Visit to Mexico

Pope Francis, an Argentinian and lifelong advocate for the downtrodden, visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, tracing the path of the millions who have emigrated to the U.S. and greeting throngs of faithful on either side of the international line from Ciudad Juarez. He had spent the previous five days...
'Japan's New Stealth Aircraft Prototype: How Disruptive Will It Be?

‘Japan’s New Stealth Aircraft Prototype: How Disruptive Will It Be?

On 29 January, Japan’s Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency unveiled its new X-2 demonstration fighter. Meant as a demonstration of capabilities, the plane is officially titled the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Advances Technology Demonstrator (ATD-X) and is the first step towards Japan’s stated goal of an indigenous 5th generation stealth combat...
2016 is Finally Here

2016 is Finally Here

Primary season  is officially upon us, and so far, 2016 is shaping up to be the most unpredictable election season of recent times because of the many interesting characters vying for each parties’ nomination. Donald Trump, the outspoken businessman, Marco Rubio, the “robot” candidate, Hillary Clinton, the long-time Washington politician...
To IPO or Not to IPO, That is the Question: Saudi Aramco

To IPO or Not to IPO, That is the Question: Saudi Aramco

It is not every day that the world most valuable company opens its doors to the public and considers an initial public offering. Meet Saudi Aramco. What is today the largest oil company in the world, initially started out as a small slice of America in the Eastern Province of...
The Litvinenko Inquiry: Russian to Conclusions?

The Litvinenko Inquiry: Russian to Conclusions?

If you’re looking to read the newest spy thriller, try picking up the Litvinenko Inquiry. This stranger-than-fiction report details the assassination-by-poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident and former KGB agent, in a London bar in November 2006. Published 21 January by Sir Robert Owen, a retired judge appointed by...
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Drones and EU’s Defence Industry: A Case Study

Drones and EU’s Defence Industry: A Case Study

With 28 heads and frequently as many diverging opinions, the European Union should never provide enough of intellectual stunts to find some sense of community. Take for instance the so-called Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). EU member states agree on the need ‘to deepen defence cooperation by improving the capacity to conduct missions and...
The Taliban's Spring Resurgence – Afghanistan in the Balance

The Taliban’s Spring Resurgence – Afghanistan in the Balance

“Mission Accomplished. In the battle for Afghanistan, we destroyed the Taliban, many terrorists, and the camps where they trained.” [i] Bush was beaming with confidence as he stood triumphant aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln as the famous words were uttered. Last week, if Bush had been browsing the Google Play Store he could have downloaded...
Russian Withdrawal in Syria: ‘Mission Accomplished’ for Putin?

Russian Withdrawal in Syria: ‘Mission Accomplished’ for Putin?

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced March 14 the withdrawal of the majority of Russian armed forces engaged in the Syrian Civil War. After six months of fighting, Russian servicemen have returned home, greeted by cheering throngs congratulating them on a ‘mission accomplished.’ Putin has said that he considers ‘the objectives set for the defense ministry...
The Illusion of Privacy in the Information Age

The Illusion of Privacy in the Information Age

The house always has the advantage in a game of poker. But what if this advantage is taken to the extreme and then left unchecked by a high authority? The ‘Leak of the Century’ otherwise known as the Panama Papers has exposed a gaggle of influential elites caught up in a secretive process of corruption....
Cultural Divisions, Islamophobia and Radicalisation Continue to Pervade Modern France

Cultural Divisions, Islamophobia and Radicalisation Continue to Pervade Modern France

On 30 March 2016, a little more than a year after the attack on their offices which killed eleven people, Charlie Hebdo published an article titled, ‘How did we end up here?’. In their final paragraph, they write, ‘The first task of the guilty is to blame the innocent’, going on to imply that a...
The Issue of Sovereignty in the Overseas Jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

The Issue of Sovereignty in the Overseas Jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

The English legal system has been around for nearly a thousand years, and so it can be excused for having the odd quirk. It remains the case that all whales and sturgeons found on the British coast are property of the crown, as are all wild, unmarked, mute swans in open water. It is illegal...

For Want of Greater Security and International Power: Vote to Remain within the European Union

Within the dimensions of international power and security, there appears a clear narrative of European loss if Britain were to leave the EU. Indeed, a European context shows our armed forces to be strong, capable and well-equipped; our intelligence services are mature with deep global connections; our diplomatic service is ranked among the best in...
Baseball and Brutality: Obama Visits Cuba

Baseball and Brutality: Obama Visits Cuba

When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the era of totalitarian communism seemed to be at an end. Within two years, the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Albania, and still more communist governments had been toppled to make way for new democracies. Communism was discredited and defeated, liberalism was...
Establishing the Alternative for Germany Party

Establishing the Alternative for Germany Party

The elections in three German federal states 16 March 2016 have led to a political shakeup demonstrating the final breakthrough of the Alternative for Germany Party (AfD). These elections constitute a great victory for the AfD, as they made it into every second state parliament. Moreover, the party was able to enter on a strong...
Acid Attacks: A Disturbing Weapon of Choice

Acid Attacks: A Disturbing Weapon of Choice

An acid attack is the deliberate assault of a victim with corrosive acid, aimed at disfiguring them, humiliating them and sometimes even killing them. In many parts of India, milk costs more than corrosive acid at local markets. In states as diverse as Uganda and the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and India, acid attacks are becoming...
Até Logo, Dilma Rousseff: Why It’s Time to Go

Até Logo, Dilma Rousseff: Why It’s Time to Go

With the 2016 Summer Olympics headed to Rio de Janeiro in August, all eyes will be on Brazil. At that time, President Dilma Rousseff may not be its leader. After a year of political rumblings and calls for impeachment, Brazilian congress members have delivered on their promises. In March 2016, the National Congress of Brazil...
Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen: How Complicit is Europe?

Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen: How Complicit is Europe?

On 24 February, the European Parliament ratified a movement calling on EU countries to halt all arms transfers to Saudi Arabia. This legislation was specifically targeted at Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the ongoing civil war in Yemen. One EU legislator, Richard Howitt, told Reuters, ‘This is about Yemen. The human rights violations have reached a...