Year in Review: The European Defence Industry

Year in Review: The European Defence Industry

Successively monopolised by the Greek debt crisis and massive migrant influx, the European Union (EU) had little time in 2015 for important announcements concerning its defence policy and weapons industry. Nevertheless, recent terror attacks in Paris combined with external pressure on France’s southern and eastern borders should remind European Union...
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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 of former U.S. President George...
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 of 287.3 billion euros as...
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 not enacted any significant doctrinal...
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, or at least his ambivalence,...
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 her government has just launched...
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 to ensure, or enhance the...
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 more than a decade. Children...
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 world, it takes something very...
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...
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, a proponent of the Bill,...
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, and Rousseff’s possible tampering with...
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 whole. Many in the United...