Between the 13th and 26th of October 2014, a hunt for illegal immigrants took place in several countries in the European Union. The operation was initiated by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in cooperation with the European border authority Frontex. All the EU countries were invited to participate. The goal was to stop trafficking networks but it has been heavily criticized for worsening the exposed situation of already vulnerable individuals.
When the Democrats only elected two new Senators in the 2004 election, it was, along with the re-election of George W. Bush, considered a failure. The pool of new talent was looking shallow, and worried voices were raised about the future of the Democratic Party. But one of those new Senators was already taking steps to ensure it. Barack Obama, the junior Illinois Senator, was on a roller coaster only going up. He wouldn't even have time to finish his first term as Senator before being elected the first African-American President of the United States. But what has this momentous occasion actually meant for the wider issue of race sensitive politics on a national level?
The political situation in Thailand is an unsettling one. Thailand has had a long history of military coups, but the latest one brings to light numerous problems regarding democracy, human rights and freedom of expression. Since the coup in 2006 the use of the infamous “lèse majesté” law has increased exponentially, and is often used as a political weapon by the monarchists in the ongoing clashes between the Redshirt and Yellowshirt movements. Royal approval is more important than ever in Thai politics, but for how long?