Author: Luke Entwistle

Former President Sarkozy Handed Jail Sentence In Corruption Case

Last week, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption and was handed a three-year jail sentence. Despite the ruling, it remains unlikely that Sarkozy will serve any time in prison. Following the case, Sarkozy’s lawyer announced that he will appeal the three-year sentence, two years of which

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Fighting Intensifies In Contested Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan came to the boil this past week, as the long-lasting dispute over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh turned violent. The region, internationally recognized as an Azerbaijani territory despite its Armenian ethnic majority, was the battleground for a territorial conflict that claimed 30,000 lives in a

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England Introduces New Restrictions To Curb Coronavirus Surge

The UK government this week announced that new measures were to be introduced in England to curb a recent rise in COVID-19 cases. The measures, which will come into force from Monday, prohibit gatherings of more than six people in both indoor and outdoor spaces, with some exemptions including schools

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Political Interference At Hungarian News Outlet Prompts Mass Resignation

On Friday, more than 70 journalists at the independent Hungarian news outlet ‘Index’ resigned in the wake of the dismissal of their editor-in-chief, Szabolcs Dull. In an open-letter, posted on the ‘Index’ website, the departing journalists cited the threat to their “independent operation” as the motivation for their mass resignation.

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The End Of History? Liberal Democracies In A Post-Coronavirus World

In ‘The End of History’, an article released back in 1992, Francis Fukayama argued that nation-states globally were heading towards liberal democracy. This argument is predicated on an assertion that liberal democracies do not possess any innate ‘contradictions’ and that the entire course of historical development has been moving unidirectionally

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Fighting In Libya Intensifies Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Latest Developments This week, the brutal civil war in Libya intensified as the Libyan National Army (LNA) defied the UN’s plea for a ceasefire. The LNA claimed to have seized control of several towns in the north-west of Libya. The offensive comes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and both the LNA

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The Case For Erasmus

After years of uncertainty, the United Kingdom finally left the European Union on 31st January. Given how socially, politically and economically intertwined the UK and EU have been since the early 1970’s, this event marks a watershed moment and attention has already shifted towards the EU-UK negotiations which will dominate

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BP Successfully Lobby To Weaken Environmental Laws In The U.S.

New legislation was introduced earlier this month which will allow future infrastructure projects to bypass scrutiny from federal agencies in the U.S. The legislation will mean that the environmental implications of major projects such as the construction of power plants, will no longer require an environmental impact assessment. This week,

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Social Media Communication: Understanding the Impact Of Online Platforms

How individual politicians as well as political parties, exploit social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook has garnered much interest in recent years. It has recently attracted even greater attention in the U.K. as the Conservative Party were accused of uploading deceitful or downright false information throughout the General

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Hidden Message In Christmas Card Exposes Human Rights Abuses

Christmas cards, appearing to contain messages from alleged prisoners in China, have been discovered by a six-year-old British girl. The cards, which were sold by Tesco and produced by Heijiang Yunguang Printing, contained the message “We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China. Forced to work against our will.

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Rethinking Security: The Nation-State As A Barrier To Emancipation

In the contemporary world, there are a plethora of sources of insecurity, some traditional such as the threat of war or poverty and some relatively contemporary such as the threat of environmental degradation. People expect that nation-state governments work to protect them from such threats, within the context of environmental

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BBC’s Election Coverage Criticised For Breaking Impartiality Guidelines

The BBC has this week come under fire for breaking its impartiality guidelines as political commentators and social media users alike have alluded to pro-government bias in their content. According to the BBC’s editorial guidelines, they are committed to achieving ‘due impartiality’ yet, this week, they are accused not only

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Spanish High Court Investigates Russian Interference In Catalonia Independence Movement

Spanish Newspaper ‘El País’ this week revealed that the Spanish High Court, known as the ‘Audiencia Nacional’, is investigating Russian interference in the Catalan independence movement. Although the investigation is strictly confidential, three sources, including a judge, have spoken to ‘El País’ to confirm that investigators are examining evidence of

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Thailand’s Malay-Muslims: Otherness And Conflict In The ‘Deep South’

Last Tuesday, two security checkpoints were attacked by militants in Yala province, Southern Thailand, killing 15 people. These attacks, executed by the Barisan Revolusi Nacional-Koordinasi (BRN-C), a Malay-Muslim secessionist organization, form part of a larger insurgency which has claimed 7,000 victims since 2004. Attacks by pro-secessionist organizations have become commonplace

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Twitter Introduce Ban On Political Advertising

Jack Dowley, co-founder and CEO of Twitter announced this week that the popular social media platform will introduce a ban on political advertising. In a lengthy thread which has since been liked by over 400,000 users, Mr. Dowley outlined the details of the ban—a ban which seeks to remove targeted

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Divisive Tactics Mar Extinction Rebellion’s London Protests

Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) global protests came to an end earlier this week yet, despite an early wave of goodwill from the general public, their Canning Town tube station protest proved divisive. On the morning of 17 October, XR activists mounted tube trains in Canning Town which led to angry altercations

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