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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 ‘the closure of secret CIA...
War and Terror: The Removal of Dictators in the Twenty-First Century

War and Terror: The Removal of Dictators in the Twenty-First Century

10 September 2001 was a relatively normal day. The Mayor of Campinas in Brazil, Antônio da Costa Santos was murdered as he drove home,[1] American rapper DJ Uncle Al was shot dead,[2] and Charles Ingram cheated his way to winning £1 million on the British quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[3] Two days...
In Defence of His Holiness: the Pontifical Swiss Guard and the Islamic State

In Defence of His Holiness: the Pontifical Swiss Guard and the Islamic State

They stood solid. Their red, yellow and blue coloured uniforms remained resolute in the face of a vast and vicious enemy. Desertion to the surrounding countryside and escaping with their lives was an option, but they stayed, pledging unswerving allegiance and giving their lives for the safety their shepherd, their one true leader, His Holiness...
Feeding North Korea: An analysis of the hermit kingdom’s gunboat diplomacy

Feeding North Korea: An analysis of the hermit kingdom’s gunboat diplomacy

On 23 January 1968, an intelligence ship from the United States, the USS Pueblo, was targeted by a North Korean (DPRK) sub-charger as it sailed in international waters. A few hours later, President Lyndon Johnson woke to the news that the US Navy ship and its eighty three crewmen had been captured. Today, the USS...