Lone-operator Terrorism: Tackling a Growing Threat

terrorism, Breivik

For 17 years, the USA lived in fear of the “Unabomber”, Theodore Kacynski, who sent package bombs to unsuspecting victims. Over the course of these 17 years, the FBI acquired and analysed 82 million records, 9,000 event photographs and 12,000 event documents, but was unable to bring Kacynski to justice. It was eventually his brother… Continue Reading ➤

Vote for Me! Nigel Farage’s Predilection for Personality over Policy

Final Farage

Hidden among the festivities in the run-up to Christmas was Rozanne Duncan’s expulsion from the United Kingdom Independence Party. Cause for cheer should not be in short supply. The dismissal of the Thanet District Council member came in the wake of highly racist comments caught by a BBC exposé which is due to be aired… Continue Reading ➤

The Rise of the European Left: Syriza and Podemos

A riot policeman during May Day protests in Athens, 2010 (Source: Flickr: Joanna)

Today, the European Union is confronted with a problem that has raised the spectre of an existential crisis. Its failure to counter the 2008 financial crisis has led to economic and social devastation throughout Europe, and with it, a surge in anti-EU sentiment for its harsh doctrine of seemingly endless spending cuts. People are quickly… Continue Reading ➤

Withdrawal Symptoms: The struggle for Aceh ten years after the tsunami

Women soldiers of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) pose with commander Abdullah Syafei'i in 1999 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The first step in any recovery programme is admitting there is a problem. Aceh, Indonesia’s northern, gas rich, conservative province, however, has struggled to do so.  Ironically, these problems were caused by the very solutions created in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 to address the three decades of separatist conflict and… Continue Reading ➤

The Success of Russia’s Propaganda: Ukraine’s ‘Banderovtsy’

A protester during the Euromaidan in Kyiv, February 2014. [Source: Ivan Bandura]

Russian President Putin was absent from Tuesday’s official ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army’s 322nd Rifle Division, opting instead to attend a local tribute at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre amid ever-deepening tensions between Russia and the West. The Kremlin’s delegation at the Polish ceremony was… Continue Reading ➤

The Hong Kong Protests in Context

Hong Kong protests

In September, Emily Ting, along with Hong Kongers across the globe, changed her Facebook profile picture to a yellow ribbon: a symbol of solidarity with the democracy movement. Hers was not the only colour of ribbon, however. Throughout Hong Kong, there was a veritable rainbow of colours, from blue, showing support for the police and… Continue Reading ➤

A selfie is not enough, Mr. Bergoglio

[source: Wikimedia]

To say it clear: the Catholic Church does not support gay marriage. The Catholic Church is disgusted by homosexual acts. The Church thinks homosexuals have a sinful, disordered nature, and that they can be tolerated only as long as they don’t have sex, of any kind, ever. The Catholic Church wants homosexuals to live a… Continue Reading ➤

The Western Image of Order

Roosevelt in 1902 [source: Wikimedia]

The peoples of this planet desire both peace and order, but we have become gridlocked in our thinking about how to achieve this. European and North American nations have simply assumed that the world would naturally adopt westernisation as the way forward; Islam has been locked for over a thousand years in its faith that the… Continue Reading ➤

King Charles III

Prince Charles arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in the United States, 1981 [source: Wikimedia]

The great West End blockbuster of the moment is Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III. It portrays a chain of events after the unthinkable but inevitable moment when Queen Elizabeth dies. Bartlett’s story contains all the tragic drama of Shakespeare’s portrayals of hollow crowns, complete with an array of allusions to Richard II, King Lear, Macbeth… Continue Reading ➤