Author: Elizabeth Baral

Politicians Need To Plan For The Future

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the ability of governments to act with speed and efficiency in times of crisis. Whilst no global response has been ideal, and many are not as comprehensive as desired, international governments have still managed to pass and enforce new laws to limit the immediate

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Misinformation In The COVID-19 Era

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began late last year, various sources have propagated a gamut of false information about the disease. Some of this misinformation has been politically motivated. For example, the initial Chinese response of downplaying COVID-19’s mortality rate, or supporters of President Trump presenting the virus as a political

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Yes, Lockdown Is Still Necessary

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected different people in different ways and to different extents. For some, this time has been punctuated by the horror of watching (or being unable to watch) loved ones getting ill and dying. For others, it simply means the family is around the house more often

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Should We Have Elections During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

The expert advice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to socially distance oneself from others (or to self-isolate in cases when diagnosed or suspected of the virus), to avoid sharing equipment which others who have come into contact with the virus, and to maintain personal hygiene standards. Voting booths contradict

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The Crypto AG Scandal And The Question Of Swiss Neutrality

On the 11 February 2020, the Washington Post published an extensive article revealing the Crypto AG Scandal. The article damningly exposes the way in which the Swiss encryption company Crypto AG was co-opted by the CIA for decades. The spy agency coerced the company’s founder into working for them in

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Rohingya Refugees In Limbo

On the 23rd of January 2020, the International Court of Justice ruled that Myanmar holds a responsibility to look after the Rohingya Muslims who have been terrorised in their own country. Whilst Myanmar should certainly be held liable for the cultural genocide of the Rohingya Muslims and, as the Hague

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Hyper-Partisanship Is Destroying Western Democracies

The cornerstone of all strong democracies is a multi-party system which often (though not exclusively) includes two major parties, one liberal and one conservative. In an ideal democracy, one would choose which party to vote for based upon which seemed to have the stronger policies in any given election. However,

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Hyper-Partisanship Is Destroying Western Democracies

The cornerstone of all strong democracies is a multi-party system which often (though not exclusively) includes two major parties, one liberal and one conservative. In an ideal democracy, one would choose which party to vote for based upon which seemed to have stronger policies in any given election. However, all

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How Electability Inhibits Women Running For Office

On 13 January 2020, CNN published an article stating that U.S. Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren (a fellow Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate) in 2018 that a woman could not become U.S. president. The comment was verified by anonymous sources and allegedly made at a

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Trump’s Iranian Interference Threatens Middle Eastern Stability

On the 3rd of January 2020, the US carried out a drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq. The strike was ordered by President Donald Trump and killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, dubbed by the media as Iran’s second in command. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini has since promised ‘harsh retaliation’,

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Anti-Semitism As A Threat To World Peace

Jews have faced persecution for millennia; from attacks by the Romans to European pogroms and of course the Holocaust. But whilst anti-Jewish sentiment is a longstanding issue, it is unfortunately still a current and urgent threat to world peace. The most recent anti-Semitic attack covered by the global media has

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Israel Planning A New Settlement In Hebron

On 1 December 2019, Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett proclaimed his government’s provocative decision to build a new settlement in Hebron. The announcement has purportedly been sparked by the Trump government, coming less than three weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion that ‘the establishment of Israeli civilian

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