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Brexit and “The Irish Problem”

Carrickcarnon is not exactly the centre of the universe. It is in fact a village, boasting a population in the hundreds, located about an hour’s drive from Dublin. It generated global headlines, however, when anti-Brexit campaigners took to the streets there in early October. They were protesting against the threat …

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Why prosperous Macau does not follow Hong Kong’s gamble for independence

4 September, 2016 was a watershed moment for Hong Kong: for the first time in the city’s history, parties supporting the independence of the territory were elected to parliament. As Hong Kong faces problems such as an influx of Chinese migrants, soaring housing prices, a lack of democracy, and a perceived …

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Kaepernick boma ye: A New Generation of Political Athletes

Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Muhammad Ali and most recently Colin Kaepernick. These are just some of the athletes who have taken a political stance while at the top of their game. Let us take a look at how athletes perform political activism in the modern day and how it is …

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The US – soon to be the only country in the world with a leader who denies global warming?

There is much discussion about the US election and at the same time there is so little that is actually discussed. One of the topics that has been overshadowed by discussions of “locker room talk” and email servers is climate change. How would Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump actually handle …

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Hillary’s Russian Roulette

US-Russia relations have had a turbulent history, to say the least. But when Obama assumed the presidency in 2009 – less than a year after Russia’s invasion of Georgia, which threatened to plunge the US and Russia into a new cold war – he was eager to press the reset …

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An Umbrella in a Rainstorm: Shelby County and the struggle over voting rights

There has been much talk about “rigged” elections this election cycle. But contrary to the highly coached popular belief,  voter fraud in the traditional sense is actually a very rare problem in the American system. That of course does not mean there are no problems. Voter suppression is the most …

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The American Presidential Election’s Un-Sexy Security Issue

A large proportion of the American presidential debate has been concerned with security politics. However, one major issue has gotten little attention. The growing assertiveness of China in the South China Sea has made its neighbors increasingly anxious and a military escalation in the region would have severe global consequences. The most …

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The Silenced Voices of Kashmir amidst a Territorial Squabble

In July this year, Indian forces killed a popular Kashmiri rebel leader named Burhan Wani. The action triggered the worst unrest Kashmir had seen in years, resulting in the deaths of over 90 people and injuries of thousands others, as well as creating widespread insecurity within the region. For India, the …

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Around the Brexit Table

Since the 23rd of June, Brexit coverage has been split between the immediate socioeconomic impacts of the vote, the broken pledges of the Leave campaign, and the lionising / demonising of key negotiators. This emotive tone comes naturally to the commentariat – ‘Bremainers’ and ‘Brexiteers’ are desperate for vindication having …

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Australia’s Identity Conflict: The Unseen Battle between Us and Them

In today’s globally connected world, it’s easy to become another person in the crowd. As to not become lost in the sea of people, we gather together in groups of those with whom we identify. Identity groups are numerous; one rarely identifies in just one or two groups. Your identity …

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