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The Iran Nuclear Deal is Under Threat

In April 2015, Iran agreed a landmark deal with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and the European Union to significantly limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of Western economic sanctions. Under…

“Football ain’t a game anymore mate, it’s a business.”

“Football ain’t a game anymore mate, it’s a business.” I imagine in just about any pub in any region in Britain, there is a 60-year old man sinking an ale, uttering this statement to his contemporaries and being met with…

Homage to Catalonia

In Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell’s famous account of his experiences during the Spanish Civil War, Orwell wrote that “there are occasions when it pays better to fight and be beaten than not to fight at all”. Today, those words…

Austerity should be put back on the Menu

Austerity, austerity, austerity. This controversial subject was almost everything political parties, and indeed the media, discussed before the 2016 referendum. From being the cornerstone of debate in the UK, the austerity discussion has seeped away from public view; overtaken by…

Iraq’s Shia Militias: Does the West Need to Be Wary of its New Allies?

The Arthashastra, an ancient Sanskrit manual for Indian princes, is the first known document to claim that the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend. In the Middle East this proverb could not be more false yet American and other…

Time for climate optimism

When we consider the strength of the science behind climate change, along with the level of scientific consensus over it, it is extraordinary to think how frequently we hear from the climate sceptics and deniers. Whilst the deniers of this…

America’s False Debate Over Patriotism

An issue which has been dominating recent news cycles has undergone some reframing. The US President recently made a series of statements (/tweets) criticising Colin Kaepernick and his fellow NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, claiming their actions…

Opera doesn’t need to be so unpopular

Here’s an opinion you don’t hear every day: I like opera. I’ll admit, it’s a niche art form. Most people on earth will live their lives without listening to anything remotely ‘operatic’. It’s an even more obscure passion than classical…

Why Boris was right

‘Outrageous’, ‘a nationalistic lie’, ‘wrong on every account’. These are just some of the comments discussing the 4000 word article submitted to The Telegraph by the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. The piece, titled ‘My vision for a bold, thriving Britain…

Palestine needs a Martin McGuinness to steer a peace process

I woke on 21 March to the sad news that Martin McGuinness, the veteran Irish republican and Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, had died after a short illness. McGuinness was one of the most influential members of Sinn Féin who…