The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

Three days into Donald Trump’s new presidential administration, he followed a long-standing White House tradition and reinstated the Mexico City Policy, referred to by its critics as ‘the global gag rule.’ This law was the brainchild of President Ronald Reagan, who introduced it in 1984 during a United Nations Conference...
Ronald Trump and Maggie May?

Ronald Trump and Maggie May?

I would like to preface this article with an apology. Sadly, there is no photo of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May holding hands without copyright restrictions so I am unable to display it here for your viewing pleasure. However, I am able to provide you with the...
The Future of Sanctuary Cities

The Future of Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump’s campaign against undocumented immigrants goes far beyond the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. So-called sanctuary cities, ‘which is a broad term for municipalities that choose not to participate in deportation crackdown[s] they see as unjust, self-defeating and harmful to public society,’ face an executive...
Trump and the Immigration Ban

Trump and the Immigration Ban

On Friday 27 January 2017, United States President Donald Trump signed an immigration ban that halted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — for 90 days. However, this ban introduced many more amendments than just that. The ban incorporated a four-month suspension...
United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

The first month of 2017 was a tumultuous one for global politics— from the Brexit judicial decision to the inauguration of US President Donald J. Trump. One particularly surprising development was the materialisation of a £100 million defence deal between the United Kingdom and Turkey. These funds will help Turkey...
Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

On Sunday 29 January, the safe and peaceful environment of a local Québécois mosque during evening prayers suddenly became the scene of a massacre as a gunman entered and fired indiscriminately. Although quickly condemned by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the attack raises many questions and issues, including the rise...
African Democracy on the Rise? The End of Authoritarianism in Gambia

African Democracy on the Rise? The End of Authoritarianism in Gambia

‘Gambia has decided’ – the motto of the revolution is omnipresent on the streets of Banjul, the capital of the small West African country that is almost completely encompassed by neighbouring Senegal. For the first time in its history, free and fair presidential elections were held in Gambia on 1...
Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

With cabinet members, supporters, and appointees abound, President Trump inspects the executive order handed to him by a nearby aid with a stultified mien. Finally finding the title, he reads it loudly for the cameras, proudly looking around the room at an audience we cannot see. ‘Executive order protecting the...
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Erdoğan: At the Height of Popularity

Erdoğan: At the Height of Popularity

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not hidden his aspirations. The powerful president of Turkey is willing to do everything possible to cement his position and eliminate any opposition. He has proven to be a ruthless tyrant par excellence. Identifying his domestic enemies, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has publicly drawn the battle line in recent months. The imprisonment...
Trump’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect, If Anything

Trump’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect, If Anything

By the time most American candidates running for president win the election and go from nominee to President-elect, the American public has a well-defined understanding of their central positions and general worldview. This traditional wisdom does not hold as much weight for President-elect Trump. Due to his lack of political experience, Trump has no congressional...
Waking Lions in the North

Waking Lions in the North

Sweden’s military is in dire straits. Since the last days of the Cold War, the Swedish armed services have been progressively defunded and disarmed by their government. Compared to only a few decades ago, the Swedish army is only a fraction of its former self, its numbers having been reduced by nearly 90 per cent...
Economics and Elitism: How the Left Lost Touch with Working Class Voters

Economics and Elitism: How the Left Lost Touch with Working Class Voters

The Labour party’s constitution commits the party to fighting for a country, ‘in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few’. President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech claimed his election was ‘built by working men and women’, who together would rebuild America the only way it had ever...
The Rise of Chinese Consumerism: Art and Luxury

The Rise of Chinese Consumerism: Art and Luxury

China’s economic growth is undeniable. In 2015, China became the country with the most individuals worth at least $1 billion. With the rise of Chinese wealth comes the rise in Chinese consumption as well. This is especially notable in luxury markets. Chinese consumers account for a third of luxury and fashion sales. This consumerism is...
Zim After Bob

Zim After Bob

As Robert Mugabe enters his thirty-eighth year as president, Zimbabwe approaches a critical phase in its politics. Mugabe is adamant that no one but God can remove him from power. At ninety-two years old and increasingly frail, many are predicting that God may choose his moment soon. Why now? Each year pundits predict that Zimbabwe...
The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

Another day, another bombing. The images of children killed by government airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo last week were horrific to behold, but they were not surprising. Such images have become tinged with that precursor of contempt – familiarity. Like it or not, horrendous violence against the innocent is apparently such an expected part of what...
Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

With the election of Donald J. Trump on 8 November 2016, the United States plunged itself headfirst into an unknown abyss of foreign policy. With all current obligations to international treaties, international organisations, and multilateral trade pacts in doubt, Trump has effectively questioned the very fabric of both current international norms and the neoliberal theory...
Blighting the Fourth Estate: Fake News and New Democracy

Blighting the Fourth Estate: Fake News and New Democracy

Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year is ‘post-truth’. The traditional reporter’s dependency on cold, impartial facts has been upended by persuasive satire, deception, and radicalism. Stories that fit snugly into one’s worldview are far more attractive than those that force them to think critically about their assumptions. Stories that outright lie to validate one’s...
Optimistic Saudi Bond Pricing Portends Rocky Future

Optimistic Saudi Bond Pricing Portends Rocky Future

After oil plummeted from prices of 100 USD to record lows below 30 USD, the Saudi Arabian government is wary of being left with 70 years worth of oil reserves, as this could render the sovereign country dead in the water. Bearing the heavy shackles of oil prices would sink the heavily oil-dependent country into...
The American Dream vs. The American Reality

The American Dream vs. The American Reality

On Friday, 18 November, Vice Presidential Elect Mike Pence attended the popular musical, Hamilton only to receive an unlikely call to action. Being known for his oppressive and conservative social platforms, Pence was welcomed with a symphony of ‘boos’ as he entered the theatre. After the results of the 8th of November presidential election, the...
The Reluctant Hegemon: Germany’s Global Responsibility

The Reluctant Hegemon: Germany’s Global Responsibility

More than seventy years after the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, 2017 should be the year when Europe’s richest country reasserts its influence over the globe. Germany should act as a leader for all liberal and democratic nations. Throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first century, the United States was expected to play...