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The complicated relief of the ‘rape rule’

The complicated relief of the ‘rape rule’

As the world watched Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January, the UK Department for Work and Pensions quietly announced that a controversial policy would be moving forward despite considerable concern and debate. The so-called ‘Rape Clause,’ originally announced within the 2015 budget by then chancellor, George Osborn, came into force on 6 April without a...
Bulgaria holds its ground

Bulgaria holds its ground

Although they were scheduled for 2018, parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria on 26 March 2017. It was the third election in four years, prompted after Boyko Borisov, leader of the centre-right GERB, resigned as premier following the surprise victory of Rumen Radev of the Socialist Party as president. Although the president is a mostly...
Machismo, Violence and Impunity

Machismo, Violence and Impunity

Last month, women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day with outdoor concerts, film screenings and poetry readings. However, in Latin America, women were not feeling very celebratory. Thousands flooded into the streets of Brazil, Peru and Argentina in support of the International Women’s Day Strike to rally against gender-based violence, street harassment and income...
Microcosm of a Continent in Crisis – Saarland Landtag Elections

Microcosm of a Continent in Crisis – Saarland Landtag Elections

The art of predicting elections is a difficult one. Many pollsters in the west have received abuse in the past few years for hugely incorrect predictions regarding major elections: most notably the UK 2015 general election, the Brexit referendum last summer and the recent US presidential vote. In the wake of the former, one reputable...
The Diplomacy of the Head Scarf

The Diplomacy of the Head Scarf

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far right Front National (FN) and a leading contender in the country’s presidential race, faced a diplomatic hiccup during her trip to Lebanon this past month. Le Pen took the trip in an attempt to improve her foreign policy credentials and garner some positive international press during her...
Turkey May Vote to Undermine its Own Democracy

Turkey May Vote to Undermine its Own Democracy

On 16 April, Turkish voters will decide whether they want to significantly expand the powers of the president, among other constitutional changes. The referendum will turn Turkey into a presidential republic, allowing the president to issue decrees, dismiss parliament, and appoint judges and ministers. The office of the prime minister would be abolished, and executive...
What Kim Jong Nam’s death means for North Korea

What Kim Jong Nam’s death means for North Korea

It is uncertain how many people have been executed in North Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011, but one South Korean think tank puts the number at around 340 people. While most of these deaths go unremarked or unnoticed by the outside world, one man’s death in strange circumstances on 13 February...
Silenced Women: The Fight for Recognition in Peru

Silenced Women: The Fight for Recognition in Peru

At the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, soon after then-First Lady Hillary Clinton gave her famous speech declaring that, ‘women’s rights are human rights,’ the President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, declared his intention to bring reproductive rights to his country’s poorest people. His speech received resounding applause, and The New York Times...
India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

Between February and March, voters in five states (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa) in India will cast their ballots in an election that has serious national implications. Headlining the five states is Uttar Pradesh (UP), which is home to approximately 220 million Indians, which alone would make it the world’s fifth most populated...
Alternative Definitions of Extremism: Trump’s Rebranding Campaign

Alternative Definitions of Extremism: Trump’s Rebranding Campaign

News agencies have yet to grow tired of reporting on the various antics of new US President Donald Trump. In Germany, articles about Donald Trump and the Trump administration comprised 4 of the top 6 stories on the Deutsche Welle website as of 15 February 2017. In the English-speaking media, the daily quota is typically...
The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

Three days into Donald Trump’s new presidential administration, he followed a long-standing White House tradition and reinstated the Mexico City Policy, referred to by its critics as ‘the global gag rule.’ This law was the brainchild of President Ronald Reagan, who introduced it in 1984 during a United Nations Conference in Mexico City. It provided...
A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

One of the most popular series on Netflix centres on a thirty-something middle-class white woman who unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the federal prison system when she is convicted for a minor drug offense committed a decade prior. Hillary Clinton, the defeated Democratic nominee for President, penned an opinion piece for CNN where she decried...