Objections to Objectification: On Page 3, Media Culture and Misogyny

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

Cuba Libre? Reflections on the Modern Day Republic

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

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

“No Friends But The Mountains”: The Future of Iraq’s Kurdish Minority

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

The Women Problem: On The “Cull”, The Conservatives and Female Empowerment

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

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

La Batalla: Why Mexico Hasn’t Won The War On Drugs Yet

On the 22nd of February, Joaquin Guzman, known as “El Chapo” and the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, was captured and seized by Mexican authorities, 13 years after escaping from a high security prison. Known as Mexico’s Osama Bin Laden, he had been pursued in a high-stake operation in conjunction with the US … More La Batalla: Why Mexico Hasn’t Won The War On Drugs Yet