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...
Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

The war in Syria has taken another horrifying turn as chemical weapons were unleashed on unprepared and innocent victims in Khan Sheikhun, in the mostly rebel held province of Idlib, killing more than 80 people. The attack occurred at 6:30 AM (EEST) on 4 April while many civilians were still...
Egypt: State of Emergency Following Attacks on Coptic Churches

Egypt: State of Emergency Following Attacks on Coptic Churches

A three-month long state of emergency has been announced by the President of Egypt, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, following attacks by Islamic State (IS) on Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. 47 people have died and 100 people have been injured as a result of the bombings. Following the attacks, al-Sisi called...
Surpassing the Left/Right Divide: Macron and Le Pen

Surpassing the Left/Right Divide: Macron and Le Pen

The French elections are fast approaching, with the first round of voting scheduled for 23 April. It has been a tense and much-discussed election, developing in the shadow of the British referendum to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s victory in the American elections. Like these events, the French election...
Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes: The Alternate Reality of Obama’s ‘Red Line Crisis’

Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes: The Alternate Reality of Obama’s ‘Red Line Crisis’

The events of 4 April 2017 were largely unprecedented. Rarely, if ever, have two US presidents been faced with crises so similar that their responses can be thoroughly compared. It was on this day that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad allegedly employed chemical weapons in an attack that killed 80 people,...
Kushner: the Foreign Policy Puppeteer?

Kushner: the Foreign Policy Puppeteer?

It is clear there are discrete divisions in Trump’s cabinet with regards to who is able to influence the president. The positions with the most direct influence may be most clearly described as appointees without the need for congressional approval. These appointees have been placed in an inner circle, which...
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Famine: A global problem in need of a global solution

Famine: A global problem in need of a global solution

The United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan on 21 February 2017, ‘the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years.’ The BBC reported that the Sudanese government and the United Nations stated, ‘that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine’ and that,...
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...
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...
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...
The Struggle to Save the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Dadaab

The Struggle to Save the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Dadaab

Over 250,000 Somali refugees are facing the threat of forced repatriation and the loss of their livelihoods as the Kenyan government continues to seek ways to close camps in Dadaab. There are currently five camps in northeast Kenya near the town of Dadaab, around 80km from the border with Somalia: Ifo, Dagahaley, Hagadera, Ifo II...
Passport Recognition to Annexation: A Road Already Travelled

Passport Recognition to Annexation: A Road Already Travelled

The proverb about it being better to plead forgiveness rather than ask a question to which you don’t want the answer permission is usually reserved for mischievous young children. It is not often that such an analogy can be used when referring to the behaviour of world leaders, but Vladimir Putin has just become eligible....
Finding Foetuses: Examining India’s Little-Known Abortion Laws

Finding Foetuses: Examining India’s Little-Known Abortion Laws

Two weeks ago, nineteen aborted female foetuses were found in trash bags near a sewer in the western state of Maharashtra. Indian police were in the area investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman allegedly pressured into an abortion, who died after receiving one from an unlicensed clinic nearby. The clinic supposedly offered illegal sex-determinations...
From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

It’s tough to keep abreast of the near-constant stream of alarming developments emerging in recent days with regard to the Trump administration and its connections to Russia. One by one – and far too rapidly for the comfort of many citizens of the US and the democratic world at large – information has been leaked...
‘The Destiny of Man is Man’: How Yet Another Famine Threatens the Lives of Millions in East Africa

‘The Destiny of Man is Man’: How Yet Another Famine Threatens the Lives of Millions in East Africa

In this very moment, twelve million human beings in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan are starving. The UN has announced that around 100,000 of them are on the edge of dying from hunger. This dramatic situation raises some hard, yet obvious questions: why does it take the declaration of ‘famine,’ a flood of charity...
‘Heated Situations’: Australian-Indonesian Military Ties Suspended

‘Heated Situations’: Australian-Indonesian Military Ties Suspended

In January, Australia and Indonesia severed military relations regarding language training. Indonesian military officials took insult at Australian Army teaching materials at an Australian language-training base in November. The Indonesian Special Forces group was at Campbell barracks in Perth to train with Australia’s Special Air Service troops. The material at hand claimed that the Papua...
A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

With the complex web of influences that saturate the conflict in Iraq and Syria, it is easy to lose sight of a broader view. While ISIS’s advertisement and promotional innovation is frequently discussed, the astonishingly expansive swath of territory, people, and infrastructure ISIS held at the height of its power is often forgotten. Once having...
Bursting the ‘Tolerant Dutch’ Myth

Bursting the ‘Tolerant Dutch’ Myth

On 15 March voters in the Netherlands will be electing a new parliament. Surrounding the lead up to the election Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, has drawn substantial attention due to his anti-Islam campaign. His campaign has recently begun to use the slogan, ‘Make the Netherlands Ours Again,’ a catchphrase similar to US...