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Angela Merkel: No longer untouchable thanks to Martin Schulz

Angela Merkel: No longer untouchable thanks to Martin Schulz

A few weeks ago, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany and one of the most powerful politicians in the world, appeared to be the likely winner of the next general election in Germany in September. Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) were leading the polls comfortably. A potential challenger was nowhere to...
A Red Card for FIFA: Human Rights Violations in Qatar

A Red Card for FIFA: Human Rights Violations in Qatar

FIFA’s great scandal started in May 2015, with an appropriately scandalous beginning– a raid on a Swiss luxury hotel and the arrest of several FIFA executives. The arrests were followed by a ban of two years on FIFA’s former president, Sepp Blatter. Official investigations were also launched to assess potential corruption in the 2014 World...
Safety of Britain and Europe’s own Holiday Countries

Safety of Britain and Europe’s own Holiday Countries

Since the advent of the package holiday and the increase of commercial air travel in the mid twentieth century, reasonably cheap yet enjoyable holidays to Europe have become available to an increasing number of families. This in turn has led to the ‘Brits abroad’ stereotype, which includes lobster-like sunburn, a rejection of local cuisine in...
Former President of Israel Shimon Peres’ Death Compels Thoughts on Peace

Former President of Israel Shimon Peres’ Death Compels Thoughts on Peace

28 September 2016 marked a day of global mourning with the death of former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres who passed at the age of 93. Leaders and statesmen from all over the world gathered to pay tribute to Peres and reflect on his impactful career as a leader. Leaders such as...
One Small Step For OPEC, One Giant Leap For Global Markets

One Small Step For OPEC, One Giant Leap For Global Markets

It has been a tough year and a half for oil, specifically the price of a barrel of crude in relation to the sheer volume of it being pumped from the ground. Since April of 2015, the price for crude has been declining steadily, and has subsequently been wreaking havoc on global markets and economies...
The Privatisation of Space Tourism: Space Law and its Failure to Launch

The Privatisation of Space Tourism: Space Law and its Failure to Launch

In 2001, Dennis Tito became the first non-astronaut to travel to space (although classifying him as a non-astronaut is contentious, it will become clear why). He was taken on board a Russian Soyuz capsule by a private space vehicle provider. Since then, the launch of private space tourism has become a marked feature in the...
Acid Attacks: A Disturbing Weapon of Choice

Acid Attacks: A Disturbing Weapon of Choice

An acid attack is the deliberate assault of a victim with corrosive acid, aimed at disfiguring them, humiliating them and sometimes even killing them. In many parts of India, milk costs more than corrosive acid at local markets. In states as diverse as Uganda and the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and India, acid attacks are becoming...
Two Months In: A Look at the Iran Deal

Two Months In: A Look at the Iran Deal

The Iran Deal, customarily known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the international agreement between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and the European Union (EU). The deal was formally agreed upon on 14 July 2015 and officially implemented on 16 January 2016. Historic in nature, the...
Mexico’s Missing 43

Mexico’s Missing 43

It has been a year and five months since 43 Mexican students disappeared after a clash with police 26 September 2014. Despite multiple investigations being launched to determine the events of the night they disappeared, their fate remains contested and the incident is regarded as the largest stain on Mexico’s human rights record in recent...
El Niño and Ethiopia: Beyond a Humanitarian Crisis

El Niño and Ethiopia: Beyond a Humanitarian Crisis

El Niño, the pattern of oceanic warming in the Pacific that brings with it tumultuous, destabilising weather systems, has struck once more. Unprecedented flooding in the United Kingdom, persistent forest fires in Australia, and severe droughts in Central America have all been linked to this year’s El Niño system. Operating roughly on an eight-year cycle,...
Visions of the Future: a Look at the Sustainable Development Goals

Visions of the Future: a Look at the Sustainable Development Goals

Images were recently circulated on social media of paintings on cigarette cards from the year 1900 that imagined life in the year 2000. Some of the predictions managed to hit not far from the mark – for example, automated farming machines and a helicopter. Others, such as underwater civilisations and flying policemen, have yet to...
Search for Next UN Secretary-General Brings Gender Issues to Fore

Search for Next UN Secretary-General Brings Gender Issues to Fore

Earlier this month, the British outpost of women’s lifestyle magazine Elle released a video showing the juxtaposition of scenes from the entertainment industry, politics, sports, and the military as they are versus with the men removed from the photo. Unsurprisingly, the military photo depicted only one or two females left standing, revealing the sorry state...