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
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
The notion of the European political identity is punctuated with notions of freedom, liberty, respect for human dignity and protection of rights. This is reflected in the make-up of national and European political structures, as well as the constitutions of European countries. Moreover, this respect for and protection of freedom, rights and dignity is emulated … More Going Back To Nothing: Acknowledging the Horrors of the Magdalene Laundries
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
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
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” – Mahatma Gandhi On the 7th of January this year, the tensions between the Indian armed forces and Kashmiri separatist groups came to head in a bloody gun battle which resulted in the death … More The Silent Struggle: Why We Need A Frank Discussion About Kashmir
“The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst” – David Hume Political troubles have been brewing in Turkey since last Tuesday when a series of arrests of high-profile public officials linked to a wide-scale corruption scandal began. Amongst those arrested include police officers, leading businessmen, the head of the Turkish state bank, … More Turkey’s Floundering Democracy: Is There A Future For Erdogan’s Government?