The capsizing of a boat carrying refugees off the coast of Lampedusa, with over 800 confirmed deaths, is both a human tragedy and a human error. But the disaster forms just one part of the tapestry of widespread and endemic failures amongst European leaders to fulfil their legal and moral duties towards asylum seekers. The … More No Safe Havens: On Asylum, Europe and Human Dignity
On Tuesday the 17th of March, Israelis will once again go the polls in another snap election called by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, head of the Likud Party, after a daze of political infighting within his tenuous coalition government. Bibi, as he is affectionately referred to, has variously served as Prime Minister of the Jewish … More Home and Away: Could this be Bye-Bye to Bibi?
On Monday, it was reported that British newspaper The Sun had finally bowed to pressure and scrapped their controversial ‘Page 3’ feature, a page featuring naked women posing alluringly for the pleasure of the reader. It was unprecedented and widely celebrated- if only momentarily. Two days of speculation later, with the paper neither confirming nor … More Objections to Objectification: On Page 3, Media Culture and Misogyny
Two weeks ago, months of closed-door negotiations between the Obama administration and the Cuban government finally culminated in an eagerly-anticipated announcement of sweeping reforms, with the end goal of normalizing relations with Cuba. Whilst the Congressionally-mandated embargo on Cuba remains intact, the historic deal takes steps to remove Cuba from the State Department list of … More Cuba Libre? Reflections on the Modern Day Republic
On the 20th of August, 1920, the landmark Treaty of Sevres was ratified by major powers to mark an end to the more than six-century-old Ottoman Empire. The provisions of the Treaty are significant in understanding modern geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East: amongst them, the creation of French-mandated Syria, and British-mandated Palestine. But owing … More “No Friends But The Mountains”: The Future of Iraq’s Kurdish Minority
On the 14th of July, UK Prime Minister David Cameron engaged in the most far-reaching and surprising cabinet reshuffle of his term in office. The occupants of key political posts such as the Foreign, Education and Defence Ministers were rejigged, and veteran Ministers such as Kenneth Clarke were dubbed to have reached their political use-by … More The Women Problem: On The “Cull”, The Conservatives and Female Empowerment
Today, the third of June, is an informal Australian national holiday called Mabo day. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the landmark case in the High Court of Australia, called Mabo v Queensland. The case is seen as a highly significant one from the point of view of recognising aboriginal rights since it established … More There’s No Place Like Home: Recognising Aboriginal Rights