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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...
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...
Trump and the Immigration Ban

Trump and the Immigration Ban

On Friday 27 January 2017, United States President Donald Trump signed an immigration ban that halted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — for 90 days. However, this ban introduced many more amendments than just that. The ban incorporated a four-month suspension of the U.S. Refugee Program...
Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

With cabinet members, supporters, and appointees abound, President Trump inspects the executive order handed to him by a nearby aid with a stultified mien. Finally finding the title, he reads it loudly for the cameras, proudly looking around the room at an audience we cannot see. ‘Executive order protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry...
Trump’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect, If Anything

Trump’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect, If Anything

By the time most American candidates running for president win the election and go from nominee to President-elect, the American public has a well-defined understanding of their central positions and general worldview. This traditional wisdom does not hold as much weight for President-elect Trump. Due to his lack of political experience, Trump has no congressional...
Economics and Elitism: How the Left Lost Touch with Working Class Voters

Economics and Elitism: How the Left Lost Touch with Working Class Voters

The Labour party’s constitution commits the party to fighting for a country, ‘in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few’. President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech claimed his election was ‘built by working men and women’, who together would rebuild America the only way it had ever...
The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

Another day, another bombing. The images of children killed by government airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo last week were horrific to behold, but they were not surprising. Such images have become tinged with that precursor of contempt – familiarity. Like it or not, horrendous violence against the innocent is apparently such an expected part of what...
Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

Trump: Exactly What the Syrian War Did Not Need

With the election of Donald J. Trump on 8 November 2016, the United States plunged itself headfirst into an unknown abyss of foreign policy. With all current obligations to international treaties, international organisations, and multilateral trade pacts in doubt, Trump has effectively questioned the very fabric of both current international norms and the neoliberal theory...
The American Dream vs. The American Reality

The American Dream vs. The American Reality

On Friday, 18 November, Vice Presidential Elect Mike Pence attended the popular musical, Hamilton only to receive an unlikely call to action. Being known for his oppressive and conservative social platforms, Pence was welcomed with a symphony of ‘boos’ as he entered the theatre. After the results of the 8th of November presidential election, the...
World Leaders React to the Election of Trump

World Leaders React to the Election of Trump

After a long-winded, divisive campaign, the reactions from world leaders to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, ranged from enthusiastic congratulations, diplomatic courtesy and outright disapproval. The election has caused both hope and fear in America and brought divisions in society to the forefront. These divisions in values...
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...