Matthew Gold


About Matthew Gold

I am a graduate of the University of Manchester with a BA in Politics and Economics. I joined the OWP in summer 2019 as I share in the goal of working towards a conflict free world and finding peaceful resolutions to political disputes. My interests are writing about diplomacy, international conflict, security and protests which I hope to write about extensively in future.

Johnson Government To Politicise Aid In DfID Merger

The UK government has announced that the Department for International Development will be merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with the expectation that a new department will take their places in September this year. The new department, to be called the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will absorb […]


Hungarian Prime Minister Orban Uses COVID-19 To Enhance His Authoritarian Power

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was awarded sweeping powers on Monday, with their parliament handing him unprecedented emergency powers, defeating opposition parties by 137 votes to 53. The laws will give Orban the power to rule by decree, meaning that he doesn’t need the approval of the legislative branch in […]


The 30-Year Global Private Prison Experiment Has Failed

This report will look at the experiences of countries where private prisons are most heavily relied upon to show why their use is so often detrimental to all involved (except big corporations). The four countries which account for the majority of their use are the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and […]


Multiple Racist Incidents Tarnish Football Yet Again In The UK, Bulgaria And Italy

This weekend saw three separate racist incidents across British football, in another shameful week which started with England players being subject to abhorrent racism at an away match in Bulgaria. All three cases are subject to investigations either by the police or the clubs themselves. The three incidents happened at […]


U.K. Government To Announce New Voting Measures Which Opposition Claims To Equate To Voter Suppression

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has labelled potential new laws requiring photo ID when voting “voter suppression measures”, due to the disproportionate way in which they would impact minority groups and poorer people. The Telegraph broke the story, claiming that the new policy is set to be revealed in the […]


Can We Quantify Climate Debt And How Do Developed Nations Address Their Duty To The World On Climate Change?

“The point of discussing climate debt need not to be to assign guilt, but merely responsibility for bearing [the] cost.” So wrote Pickering and Barry in their essay on climate debt. The point of conceptualizing and quantifying a climate debt is not to lambast the wealthiest or highest emitters simply […]


New Vaccine To Fight Ebola Epidemic Is Approved In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

The Health Authority of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said in the past week that it will allow a new vaccine that is developed by drugs company Johnson & Johnson to be used to contain the second ever largest outbreak of Ebola. The current vaccine in use, developed by […]


British Government’s No-Deal “Yellowhammer” Projections Released By Government; Life Threatening Transition Predicted

Boris Johnson’s government this week has been forced by Parliament to release its Yellowhammer report which illustrates their projections for a no-deal Brexit scenario, which includes severe delays at ports, potential food and medicine shortages, as well as a rise in the price of energy across the U.K. With the […]


U.K. Conservative Party Reportedly Polling ‘Culture War’ Issues For Imminent Election Cycle

Last week, The Times broke the story that the Conservative Party are allegedly targeting traditionally Labour-dominated areas of the U.K., to see whether they can win favour with voters on “culture war” issues like transgender rights. The Times reported this within an article on Boris Johnson’s potential election strategies and […]


U.K. Home Office Considering £36,700 Wage Floor For Migrants Seeking Entry To The U.K.; How Does This Fit In With Recent Immigration Policy?

Ex-Conservative Party leader and Member of Parliament for Chingford, Iain Duncan Smith, last month recommended to new Home Secretary Priti Patel that the government increase the minimum threshold that an immigrant must earn to be granted entry to the U.K. be set at £36,700 after Brexit. This is greater than […]


David Koch, Climate Change Denier And Conservative Mega-Donor Dies, Age 79

On Friday, multi-billionaire, industrialist and political donor David Koch died in his home in Southampton, New York. He had been suffering with long term cancer which he developed earlier in life. Koch has been an important but generally behind-the-scenes player in American politics since the 1980 Presidential race, in which […]


Far Right Extremist Group Rallies In Portland, Oregon; Trump Threatens Counter-Protestors

Saturday, 18th August saw the latest in a series of flashpoints for extremist right-wing gatherings in the city of Portland, Oregon with members of the hate group ‘Proud Boys’ rallying in the Streets. Roughly 500 members of the group attended the Portland rally on this occasion, with an estimated 1200 […]


U.N. Human Rights Chief Warns U.S. Over Increased Venezuela Sanctions

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has warned of “far-reaching implications” of the latest round of economic sanctions imposed on the Venezuelan government by the United States. The warning has come in the wake of the harshest sanctions on Venezuela to date, putting Venezuela on par with North […]


Attacks Kill Civilians In Afghanistan Whilst Afghan Leaders And Taliban Operatives Talk Peace

Sunday 7th of July was a bittersweet day for Afghanistan’s peace process. Taliban officials were meeting with a delegation of over 50 Afghan activists, negotiators, and politicians in Qatar’s capital, Doha, for peace talks. As talks progressed, a car bomb was set off in Ghazni City in Afghanistan, roughly 150 […]