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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...
The Many Facets of Indonesia’s Prostitution Crackdown

The Many Facets of Indonesia’s Prostitution Crackdown

Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country, is coming to terms with its prostitution problem. The industry is technically illegal in the state; however, as in many other countries, it persists in major cities. Recently, the government has been attempting to close down the red light districts, and definitive action has finally been taken with the demolition...
The Donald

The Donald

He is a real estate tycoon, reality TV sensation, married to a supermodel, and now a presidential candidate. Looking back at 2015 would not be complete without discussing the impact of Donald Trump. The man who coined the catchphrase ‘You’re fired’ is now in the running for the highest office in the United States and...
2016 is Finally Here

2016 is Finally Here

Primary season  is officially upon us, and so far, 2016 is shaping up to be the most unpredictable election season of recent times because of the many interesting characters vying for each parties’ nomination. Donald Trump, the outspoken businessman, Marco Rubio, the “robot” candidate, Hillary Clinton, the long-time Washington politician and only female frontrunner, and...
Right to Say Sorry? Tony Blair on Iraq

Right to Say Sorry? Tony Blair on Iraq

Arguably one of the most controversial decisions our generation may ever see, the Iraq War is still hotly contested; rife with disagreeing claims and tense emotions. Last week, as part of the upcoming CNN documentary, Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq, former Prime Minister Tony Blair was interviewed about and apologised for some of...
The Resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan

The Resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s northern city of Kunduz is currently in limbo. On the 28 September, the Taliban attacked and took control of the area.[1] Later on 1 October, the Afghan government and military launched a counterattack to try to regain control of the city.[2] There is no clear indication of who has control over the city at...
Will This Ceasefire Hold?

Will This Ceasefire Hold?

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is nothing new, but the escalation last summer was tremendously significant. It began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June 2014, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on Hamas and promised that the group would pay for what it had done.[1] Hamas, the militant...
Ebola: The Past and the Future

Ebola: The Past and the Future

A review of the past year would not be complete without the mention of the devastating Ebola outbreak in the latter half of 2014. The spread of the deadly virus across Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia with isolated cases in other parts of Africa, Europe and the United States shocked the world. In the 21st...
Pope Francis, Kim Kardashian, and 100 Years of Silence

Pope Francis, Kim Kardashian, and 100 Years of Silence

Kim Kardashian, the woman who broke the Internet, married Kanye West, and created a strangely addictive mobile game can now boast a connection to Pope Francis. The queen of reality television, Ms. Kardashian is a proud Armenian-American and recently visited her ancestral home with her family. 24 April marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian...
Jamaica Rolls Back Marijuana Restrictions

Jamaica Rolls Back Marijuana Restrictions

Before he died, Bob Marley told his son “Money can’t buy life.” Well, in Jamaica, money can now buy you marijuana. Legally. Possessing small amounts of ganja has now been decriminalised on the Caribbean island, government officials are in the process of setting up a licensing agency to oversee the sale of medical marijuana, and...
A Time for Remembrance, a Time for Action

A Time for Remembrance, a Time for Action

The 27th of January marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, spoke at a remembrance ceremony to bring attention to this pressing global issue. “For a time, we thought that the hatred of Jews had finally been eradicated. But slowly the demonization of...
Non-Binding Vote in Catalonia: Will it lead to Independence?

Non-Binding Vote in Catalonia: Will it lead to Independence?

On 9 November 2014 Catalonia, an autonomous community in north-eastern Spain, held a non-binding vote on whether they wanted to become independent. The Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, announced the vote would have no actual effect and that it was illegal. Despite that, 81 per cent of voters were in favour of independence, but...