Author Archive
Surpassing the Left/Right Divide: Macron and Le Pen

Surpassing the Left/Right Divide: Macron and Le Pen

The French elections are fast approaching, with the first round of voting scheduled for 23 April. It has been a tense and much-discussed election, developing in the shadow of the British referendum to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s victory in the American elections. Like these events, the French election has been indicative of a...
The Uncertainty of Brexit

The Uncertainty of Brexit

On 23 June 2016, like many, I stayed up watching as the referendum on the UK’s membership to the European Union (EU) transformed from an often-disdained possibility into reality. When the final result was announced, I was expecting a sudden shock, a metaphorical lightning bolt that would leave the landscape of the UK forever changed....
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...
A Red Card for FIFA: Human Rights Violations in Qatar

A Red Card for FIFA: Human Rights Violations in Qatar

FIFA’s great scandal started in May 2015, with an appropriately scandalous beginning– a raid on a Swiss luxury hotel and the arrest of several FIFA executives. The arrests were followed by a ban of two years on FIFA’s former president, Sepp Blatter. Official investigations were also launched to assess potential corruption in the 2014 World...
Untangling the Coup: Leadership and National Identity in Turkey

Untangling the Coup: Leadership and National Identity in Turkey

On 15 July 2016, troops entered Istanbul, seeking to take control of the capital. The army declared that the purpose of this coup was to preserve democracy from the threat of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In response, the President encouraged the Turkish people to go out in protest against the coup attempt. As a result,...
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...
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 the extreme, these can involve...