Going Back To Nothing: Acknowledging the Horrors of the Magdalene Laundries

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

There’s No Place Like Home: Recognising Aboriginal Rights

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

Turkey’s Floundering Democracy: Is There A Future For Erdogan’s Government?

“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?

War from Above: The Legitimacy of Drone Technology

“Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not war against terrorism” – Noam Chomsky Diplomatic havoc was prolific last week as both the UK and USA governments decided to close embassies across the Middle East and Africa. Last weekend, Washington closed twenty-one embassies and consulates, including that of the Arabic peninsula state of Yemen. Although … More War from Above: The Legitimacy of Drone Technology

Business and the Social Contract: What Do We Owe to British Workers?

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it” – George Bernard Shaw Last week, Conservative business minister Matthew Hancock sparked controversy during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. When asked whether he believes that a company should train British workers “at the risk of a little bit of profit” rather than … More Business and the Social Contract: What Do We Owe to British Workers?

Racial Profiling: Will Justice Ever Be Colour Blind?

“If acknowledging that racial misgivings and misunderstandings are still a part of politics and life in America, I plead guilty.” – Ron Fournier One February evening last year in the town of Sanford, Florida, a seventeen-year-old American high school student by the name of Trayvon Martin was fatally shot dead by a local neighbourhood watch … More Racial Profiling: Will Justice Ever Be Colour Blind?

US v. Windsor: a Landmark Decision or Merely a Signpost?

“You cannot stand for civil rights and not support gay marriage. You cannot stand for human rights and not support gay marriage. It’s that simple. Everywhere, the voice of the oppressed must echo and ring out or else it will be crushed by the tyranny of wickedness.” – Bernard Schaffer On the 26th of June, … More US v. Windsor: a Landmark Decision or Merely a Signpost?