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The Tampon Tax, or 'a Grimm Tale on Equality'

The Tampon Tax, or ‘a Grimm Tale on Equality’

Throughout the economically developed world, the ‘Millennial’ generation is the luckiest to date. Women’s rights and the feminist voice has been pushed to the forefront of much political and social debate. Education on matters such as consent and everyday sexism, as well as the growing expression for former ‘taboo subjects’ such as female sexuality have...
The Non-Islamic Non-State

The Non-Islamic Non-State

A millennium ago, the Middle East and its great cities such as Baghdad and Damascus led in the creation of many innovations that came to define the modern world. With their foundations rooted in learning, tolerance and trade, the Arab caliphates gave future generations numerous inventions ranging from algebra to surgery. Yet now, little seems...
7 – 1: A tale of Brazil’s climbing inflation and anaemic growth

7 – 1: A tale of Brazil’s climbing inflation and anaemic growth

Similar to the stochastic improbability of saving a penalty, a 7-1 victory for Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup was equally surprising; as exhilarating or disappointing as it may have been, it was clear that Brazil’s team of awaited legends-to-be had cracked under its immense pressure. Though it was not only Brazil’s players who...
Pragmatism vs. Ideology: An existentialist interpretation of the Americas Summit

Pragmatism vs. Ideology: An existentialist interpretation of the Americas Summit

One of the perhaps most ironic drinks in the world is the Cuba Libre: rum, lime juice and cola, one of the United States’ most iconic inventions, are mixed together to produce the perfect example of political satire. But the United States of America and Cuba have not always shared such great divides as humoured...
Let the Long Wait End

Let the Long Wait End

2014 marked a crucial year for the Iraqi Kurdistan region. On 9 December, Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), reiterated his commitment to Kurdish independence after making a momentous pledge for a referendum on 30 June, 2014. Though the region gained autonomy in 1991, the Kurds have been longing for independence since...
On History and Liberty: an Interview with Judge Lennart Aspegren

On History and Liberty: an Interview with Judge Lennart Aspegren

I initially began writing this piece in the usual way: a slightly dramatic first sentence to captivate the reader, before analysing every conceivable detail of the story. This time it will be different; this time it will be personal. With support from the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society, I had the honour to interview Judge...
Buy on the Rumour, Sell on the Fact

Buy on the Rumour, Sell on the Fact

No one expected the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) sudden announcement that it would no longer hold the Swiss franc at a fixed exchange rate with the euro. Panic ensued in the world of central banking. On 14 January, the euro was worth 1.2 Swiss francs; a day later, its value had fallen to 0.85 francs...
Iran's New Age

Iran’s New Age

24 November 2014 marks the day on which the 12-year impasse regarding trade sanctions imposed to restrain Iran’s nuclear programme is to end. In 2002, the country’s opposition group revealed secret government activity including the construction of a uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy-water reactor at Arak. The West, not unreasonably, fears that...
Icarus: is Lebanon’s Golden Resilience Weakening?

Icarus: is Lebanon’s Golden Resilience Weakening?

A millennia ago, the Middle East and its great cities such as Baghdad and Damascus were at the forefront of innovations that came to define the modern world. With their foundations rooted in learning, tolerance and trade, the Arab Caliphates pioneered numerous crucial inventions ranging from algebra to surgery. Nowadays, it seems that little remains...