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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 and the resulting increased danger...
“A New Scramble for Africa?” India vs. China

“A New Scramble for Africa?” India vs. China

On 30 October, the third India-Africa Summit formally concluded, representing one of the largest landmark events in the history of relations amongst emerging powers. With 54 heads of state and government officials from across African nations descending on New Delhi for what promised to be the most comprehensive summit since its inception in 2008, [1]...
The UN at 70: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The UN at 70: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

“The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.” – Dag Hammarskjöld Over the last seven decades, the United Nations (UN) has been both criticised and revered in its operations around the world, and the celebration of its 70th birthday in October this year has prompted a new...
He’s not the Prime Minister: He’s a very naughty boy

He’s not the Prime Minister: He’s a very naughty boy

“We do both business and philanthropy.” Tony Blair The idea of a quiet retirement is not something that one associates with Tony Blair. Since he stepped down from the prime ministerial office in 2007, he has played an increasingly controversial role in his position as Special Envoy to the Middle East, as well as attracting...
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Innocents of Nigeria

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Innocents of Nigeria

A little over a year since Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 school girls from Chibok in North West Nigeria, news of a success story against the Islamic extremist group has once again catapulted the nation into the international limelight. The Nigerian military’s rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from four Boko Haram-controlled camps in...
A Government and its Spies: The Argentine Power Struggle

A Government and its Spies: The Argentine Power Struggle

The announcement by Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of her plans to completely reform the country’s National Intelligence Agency (Secretaria de Inteligencia de Estado (SI)) could not have come at a more controversial time in the country’s political history. Just days after the prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found shot dead in his home in...
The Politics of Poppies: Can We Remember in Peace?

The Politics of Poppies: Can We Remember in Peace?

In the 100th anniversary year of the beginning of The First World War, the issue of war remembrance and the collective memorialisation of past conflicts have been renewed with a heightened sense of controversy. Although critics point to it as a glorification of war, trivialisation or sentimentalisation of conflict, the Royal British Legion’s well-renowned Poppy...
HeforShe: Has it all been said before?

HeforShe: Has it all been said before?

Last week, amidst the social media frenzy following Watson’s speech to the UN, a friend of mine exercised his opinion by writing the following Facebook status: “I find it ironic that the only reason I watched Emma Watson’s speech was because I couldn’t believe that such an iconic and beautiful actress could be capable of...