“Cruel and Unusual Punishment”: The Death Penalty and the United States

“To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu On the 15th of March this year, governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley officially signed into a law a statute which repealed the death penalty, making its abolition certain. Maryland became the eighteenth US state to do so, … More “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”: The Death Penalty and the United States

The Qatada Question: How Far Can We Justify Extradition?

“Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.“ -Robert Ingersoll Today, the seemingly ceaseless battle between British Home Secretary Theresa May and the Human Rights Act reached round two, when it was announced that the Home Secretary would seek to appeal the ruling that blocked the deportation of Abu Qatada (real … More The Qatada Question: How Far Can We Justify Extradition?

“Mind Your Own Business!”- The Evolution of Interventionist Foreign Policy

“Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace” -Nelson Mandela The 20th of March this year will mark the ten-year anniversary of the decision by the Bush administration-led US government to invade Iraq in order to remove Saddam Hussein and investigate claims of the existence of weapons of mass destruction … More “Mind Your Own Business!”- The Evolution of Interventionist Foreign Policy