The Obama Dichotomy: Balancing Diplomatic Relations With Israel And Iran

“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living” – Omar Nelson Bradley At 4:30 am on Sunday 24th of November, a historic agreement was reached in Geneva between Iran and the p5+1 regarding Iran’s controversial … More The Obama Dichotomy: Balancing Diplomatic Relations With Israel And Iran

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

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?

Edward Snowden, Individual Liberty and the Age of Information

“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.” ―Philip K. Dick Last week, Edward Snowden, former technical contractor and CIA employee, disclosed the details of the National Security Agency’s surveillance and intelligence programmes to The Guardian and … More Edward Snowden, Individual Liberty and the Age of Information

“The gulag of our time”- Decoding the Mystery of Guantanamo Bay

“Human rights are not worthy of the name if they do not protect the people we don’t like as well as those we do” – Trevor Phillips In February this year, the controversial question of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba was sparked again when one hundred detainees began a hunger strike to protest … More “The gulag of our time”- Decoding the Mystery of Guantanamo Bay

The View from Baghdad: Reflections upon the Iraq War

“My fellow citizens, at this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” – George W. Bush, March 2003 On the 20th of March 2003, President George W. Bush announced to international media the foreign … More The View from Baghdad: Reflections upon the Iraq War