The Aftermath of the Political Storm in Copeland and Stoke

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Storm Doris caused devastation across the country on Thursday night. Wheelie bins were overturned, Car alarms were set off and trees fell. However, we awoke on Friday morning to clearer skies and the prospect of a calmer day. The same could not be said for the political storm that was brewing following the results of the Stoke and Copeland by-election results.

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Why Have Relations Between Russia And Belarus Deteriorated At The Beginning Of 2017

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Russia is certainly the closest and the most important partner of Belarus. They both share common cultural, economic and political ties. In fact, Belarus was the only country in the post-Soviet space who actively encouraged further integration of its political and economic system with Russia. Perhaps Alexander Lukashenko played a prominent role in fostering ties with Russia since he became President of the Republic of Belarus in 1994. However, his recent remarks about Russia and President Putin astonished the Russian political and business establishment.

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Donald and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month

theo-larue By Theo Larue

Disclaimer: Donald Trump’s actions since he became President of the United States have angered many, causing him to receive an overwhelming amount of negative media attention. Because I’m a good imitator, this article is no exception. However, much of the media has been unable to cover every outrageous action Trump has taken, which is why I am writing about what you may not have heard about, and that arguably presents a larger risk in the long run, as opposed to Trump’s orders that are immediately overturned.

It has now been exactly one month since Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. There has been a decent amount of fear, anger and incomprehension surrounding Trump’s decisions, the most controversial of which was the immigration ban. The vast media backlash and public outcry against it sent a vibrant message to Trump, a message that a lot of Americans and indeed the world condemn his actions. Continue reading “Donald and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month”

The Changing Character of Turkey – Death of Ataturk’s Republic?

roger-maul By Roger Maul

Autocracy, violence, terror, fear and oppression have enflamed modern day Turkey, as the secular and democratic values of the Kemalist Republic are ultimately discharged by a regime whose power has become seemingly irrepressible. And despite all the European outcry and protest toward Erdogan’s persistent flirtation with Ottoman nostalgia and his pursuit of Sultan-like absolutism, it seems like we have returned back to business as usual. As the prisons are filling with political opponents, media outlets being compelled to close and the juridical autonomy becoming merely a farce, it is all too necessary to dwell on the drastically changing character of Turkey and its decent into a dictatorial and socially divided nation. Continue reading “The Changing Character of Turkey – Death of Ataturk’s Republic?”

Inequality: Broken Promises

malick By Malick Nythern Doucoure

11th May 2010 and 13th July 2016.

These two dates may be years apart, and there have certainly been plenty of political developments between them, but they both share one thing in common: both saw newly elected Conservative leaders make promises of fighting inequality and creating a Great Britain that works for Britons. Both leaders subsequently failed to deliver on their promises, with policies that only worked to further exacerbate the deep socio-economic differences this nation is struggling to fight through. Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out already, I’m talking about David Cameron and Theresa May. Continue reading “Inequality: Broken Promises”

Trump And The TPP: Making China Great Again?

carolynn By Carolynn Bass

Has American president Donald Trump unintentionally begun the decline of American economic prowess? It certainly seems so, when one looks at his running platform and actions in his first month in office; threats to withdraw from many free trade agreements, and seeking to cut ties with China as well as alienating much of the American economic partnerships around the world. Conservative Trump’s economic and foreign policy are definitely a change from Obama’s liberal agenda that pushed for diplomacy and free trade among markets, and it seems that changes are already beginning in Washington.

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Connection and Fear: Television in the 21st Century

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Although smart phones have revolutionized media access, for most people in the world it is still television networks that bring news of the world into their lives. However, T.V. news has had to compete with new technologies and entertainment, which created the conditions for an increased scope and style of news coverage. While this trend has illuminated more people to more global issues, it was also able to show more of the various conflicts that go on in the world on any given day, and created reactionary domestic responses because of it.

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