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Is it justified to strip the Syrian President’s wife of her British citizenship?

Is it justified to strip the Syrian President’s wife of her British citizenship?

In the wake of the sarin gas attacks that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out on citizens in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province in Syria, killing at least 80 people, there have been calls from MPs to have the British citizenship of his wife, Asma al-Assad, removed. In the days...
Cagey: UK Prisons and What You Can’t Say There

Cagey: UK Prisons and What You Can’t Say There

Over many weeks, this column has examined extremism in a range of political contexts and parts of the world. Extremist groups that oppose governments exist in a variety of different forms, in both the most tightly controlled dictatorships and the most liberal democracies. And in every context, there are angry people who say that these...
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...
Hardball: Theresa May, Brexit, and Intelligence Cooperation

Hardball: Theresa May, Brexit, and Intelligence Cooperation

On 27 March, Sir Timothy Barrow, Britain’s Permanent Representative to the European Union (EU), delivered a hand-signed letter by Prime Minister Theresa May to European Council President Donald Tusk that invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union. This initiated Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, which will be completed by April 2019, barring...
Right-Wing Terrorism: The Biggest Threat

Right-Wing Terrorism: The Biggest Threat

Since Donald Trump entered office in January 2017 the rhetoric of terrorism has revolved around ‘radical Islamist terrorism.’ Indeed the president promised to ‘eradicate’ this type of violence ‘from the face of the earth.’ He has very much attempted to put this into practice, with his first initial travel ban against seven majority Muslim countries...
How Britain’s Intelligence Forces Have Managed to Prevent 13 Terror Attacks in Recent Years

How Britain’s Intelligence Forces Have Managed to Prevent 13 Terror Attacks in Recent Years

9/11. 7/7. For most these dates require little explanation. They are forever synonymous with the horrific events they represent; events that sent shockwaves of horror around the globe. Both started off as ordinary working days, but as the attacks unfolded, hundreds and thousands of innocent people lost their lives due to the actions of radical...
Berkeley, Middlebury, Glasgow, and the Death of Free Speech at University

Berkeley, Middlebury, Glasgow, and the Death of Free Speech at University

It seems safe to say that just about the entire western world is sick and tired of hearing about Milo Yiannopoulos. The alt-right provocateur has been making waves for years with his controversial opinions, mean-spirited remarks, and brazen endorsement of practices such as pederasty. The Left hates him, and the traditional Right is uncomfortable even...
Has Brexit Killed the LSE’s Latest Merger Attempt?

Has Brexit Killed the LSE’s Latest Merger Attempt?

Almost a year ago, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Deutsche Boerse), proposed a merger in order to combine British, German, and Italian exchanges to create a large European market that could compete with the United States. This proposal has been widely criticised for creating a monopoly in certain sectors of...
The Uncertainty of Brexit

The Uncertainty of Brexit

On 23 June 2016, like many, I stayed up watching as the referendum on the UK’s membership to the European Union (EU) transformed from an often-disdained possibility into reality. When the final result was announced, I was expecting a sudden shock, a metaphorical lightning bolt that would leave the landscape of the UK forever changed....
Britain’s Aging Population

Britain’s Aging Population

In many countries around the world, the advent of modern medicine and lower fertility rates has led to an increase in life expectancy. This increase in life expectancy seems like a one-sided positive outcome of modernity, but longer life expectancy in many countries has been coupled by a dropping birth rate, leading to an unsustainable...
Ronald Trump and Maggie May?

Ronald Trump and Maggie May?

I would like to preface this article with an apology. Sadly, there is no photo of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May holding hands without copyright restrictions so I am unable to display it here for your viewing pleasure. However, I am able to provide you with the link to the terribly cute...
United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

The first month of 2017 was a tumultuous one for global politics— from the Brexit judicial decision to the inauguration of US President Donald J. Trump. One particularly surprising development was the materialisation of a £100 million defence deal between the United Kingdom and Turkey. These funds will help Turkey build fighter jets and will...