There was no Golden Age- Nostalgia, Fake News, and Demagogy

British victory at Lagos in 1759, the 'Annus Mirabilis'. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Few people are immune to the allure of nostalgia, the classic desire to return to more innocent childhood days, times when things were simpler and more certain. Its effect is felt across cultures and generations. Ever since we supposedly left the Garden of Eden, humans have been trying to find it again; the allure of… Continue Reading ➤

A Broken Shame-Machine: the Shameful State of Political Shamelessness

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I can remember, years ago, possibly inspired by an early incantation of the long-running Steve Bell cartoon which depicted David Cameron as a condom, rather naively asking my father why politicians were not embarrassed, as most of us might be, to be so universally hated. He reminded me that the politicians who filled Westminster generally… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 2: The Senate

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Today marks one of the most important elections in modern American history. Trump’s election heralded the ascendancy of a divisive and populist kind of politics which has trampled the norms of American democracy. The outcome of today’s midterm elections could either demonstrate a swift repudiation of Trumpian politics, or rather its enduring appeal. If Trump’s… Continue Reading ➤

Transcontinental Turkey: Where is it heading?

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Relations between Turkey and the West are undeniably fraught. The post-war paradigm of relations has shifted. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule has brought him into conflict with Western leaders, the debacle of Pastor Brunson indicating a new crisis point with the US, and the jailing of journalists bringing complaints from Germany. These shifting… Continue Reading ➤

The Khashoggi Affair: Political miscalculation, intellectual loss, human tragedy

President Donald Trump speaks with Mohammed bin Salman. 
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As the heavy overcast obscuring the truth behind the disappearance of U.S.-based Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi slowly dissipates, details have emerged of his gruesome, premeditated murder, carried out in his own country’s consulate. 2018 has shown itself to be a deadly year for journalists, with at least seventy killed across the globe – three… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 1: The House of Representatives

Protest outside Trump Tower; Democrats hope an energised voter base will deliver them control of the House.               

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On November 6th, Americans will go to the polls to pick their representatives for both houses of Congress. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, and 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Half-way through Donald Trump’s first term, this is the United States’ first chance since the 2016 election to… Continue Reading ➤

Four lessons from Wittgenstein on Trump

The Trump Blimp in Parliament Square
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Lesson 1 – Politics is not science In Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, Wittgenstein critiques anthropologist James George Frazer’s argument that the ritual practices (magic) of ‘primitive cultures’ are an early and ineffective form of ‘modern science’. Instead, Wittgenstein argues that societies use magic for an entirely different purpose to science – they do fundamentally… Continue Reading ➤

North Korea: Understanding the Regime

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Alongside the New Year’s Resolutions written by countless individuals across the globe, it can be argued that notable figures in international politics have also strengthened their resolve to change perspectives and policies in the new year.  For example, Kim Jong Un’s New Years Speech, in which he announced his desire to ‘alleviate the tensions and… Continue Reading ➤

The Globalist meets notorious Republican political strategist Roger Stone

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Stone is Mike Pence’s evil twin – distinguished only by his 1960s American-in-Venice attire paired with a hair-piece scorched on with a glue gun. Unlike Pence, however, Stone certainly does not model himself as a paragon of Christian virtue, but rather is a self-proclaimed, modern-day Machiavelli. Speaking to the student press at the Union, he… Continue Reading ➤

Mockingbird: Harper Lee’s expression of American change

Harper Lee in 1962, , two years after Mockingbird was published (Source: Jbarta)

The news that Harper Lee was publishing a second novel was greeted by a roar of ecstasy in the literary world and beyond. The BBC described it as launching a ‘‘trade frenzy’’, while the Bookseller magazine anticipates Go Set a Watchman to be ‘‘as big as it gets for new fiction’’, and was told by… Continue Reading ➤