Opinion


The Politics of Labelling the NRA ‘a Domestic Terrorist Organisation’

Terrorism is arguably a political construct which encompasses dynamic interests that change over time. With international terrorism being at the forefront of counter-terrorism policy-making, currently, there is no specific federal crime covering acts of terrorism within the U.S. that are not linked to officially designated international terrorist organisations. However, ideologically […]


Protests In Hong Kong Continue After Five Months

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, many of which have been met with violence, have now been taking place for five months. They originally began as a response to an extradition law that would have made it possible for Hong Kong citizens to be brought to mainland China for certain punishments. […]


The Belt And Road Initiative And The Promise Of Development: Economic Empowerment, Debt-Trap Diplomacy And Security Risks

In September 2013, during a visit to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), Kazakhstan, President Xi Jinping of China spoke of an initiative that would “open the strategic regional thoroughfare from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea, and gradually move toward the set-up of a network of transportation that connects Eastern, Western […]


El Salvador Woman Freed After Miscarriage: The Problem With The Pro-Life Movement

An El Salvador woman was found not guilty on Monday after spending nearly three years in prison for a miscarriage. Evelyn Hernandez said she did not know that she was pregnant at the time of the stillbirth, and that the pregnancy had resulted from rape, but was nonetheless given a […]


The El Paso Shooting And The Measure Of Responsibility That Must Be Given To Donald Trump

On Saturday 3rd August, the toll of mass shootings in the United States of America increased to a devastating 254 when twenty-two innocent civilians were brutally shot and killed at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas – reports the Independent. One day after this attack, some 13 hours later, […]


Peace, A Panacea For African Development

It is no longer news that the African continent can be likened to a man who is suffering from an illness whose cure is right in front of his house but yet he ignores it. His case is even more challenging because he is aware of this cure but refuses […]


The INF Treaty Is Dead

On 8th December 1987, Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev of the United States and Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). This was significant as it marked the first time the superpowers had agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals, eliminate an entire category of nuclear weapons, and utilize […]


Boris Johnson Is Not The Problem With British Politics – The System Is

Boris Johnson became Prime Minister of the UK on Wednesday 23rd July, beating rival Jeremy Hunt—the former Foreign Secretary—in the Conservative Party leadership election.  Some are happy with the result. For example, U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the news, exclaiming that Johnson ‘will be great’ and that ‘they call him […]


Rising Antisemitism Puts Jews At Risk

An Iowa man was arraigned on Tuesday after sending death threats to a Jewish organization in New York. According to CNN, Garrett Kelsey, 31, admitted in a voluntary interview that he had harassed the organization through hate-filled, antisemitic emails and phone calls. Court documents quoted one message: “My people have […]


Cristiano Da Costa – Ambassador For Timor Lester To NZ

Cristiano da Costa, a representative from Timor Leste, was a very important voice on the perspective of international relations for smaller island countries. In a recent seminar, da Costa indicated that as a small country, Timor Leste has limited power and therefore has to create and maintain diplomatic relationships very […]