• We learn from History, that we do not learn from History

    This week on David Cameron’s crusade to fulfil his somewhat sordid desire to become the Iron Lady that this country deserves: matters turn away from the Tories often criticised domestic affairs and become international. In the wake of the largest migrant crisis since WW2 and the abhorrent terror attacks in...
  • A profile picture is not a political statement

    When I woke up on Saturday morning in the wake of the Islamic State attacks in Paris, I opened Facebook hoping to see numerous articles, live updates, and first-response opinion pieces about the events of the night before. I was instead bombarded with a never-ending stream of profile pictures...
  • Nottingham holds vigil for victims of terrorism

    A vigil was held in Nottingham city centre on 16th November in remembrance of victims of terrorism in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad. A crowd at least ten deep gathered around the Brian Clough statute near the Old Market Square to listen to speakers express messages of “solidarity” and “democracy”. The vigil was organised...
  • Cameron’s Hypocritical Condemnation of Russian Action in Syria

    David Cameron told the recent Conservative Party Conference that Russian military action against Islamic State rebels and other opponents of Assad is “a terrible mistake”, and urged Putin to stop supporting his regime. The Syrian conflict is, if nothing else, extremely complex both in terms of the domestic groups...
  • In-depth: Are home-grown terrorists a sign that multiculturalism is failing?

    Europe faces an identity crisis. The January attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the Copenhagen shootings have raised fresh questions about ‘home-grown’ terrorists – people who have been radicalised, often after having grown up within the same country that they attack, such as the recently ‘unmasked’ Mohammed...
  • Western-centrism has crippled our empathy for the “other”

    When three Muslim students, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu Salha, 19, are murdered by a man with a gun in Chapel Hill, the natural response is one of disgust and upset. But perhaps the significance of the event hasn’t...
  • In-depth: Why did Left Unity debate on whether Britain should support ISIS?

    Last weekend, 15-16th November, new British political party Left Unity held their conference. One of the proposals in particular caught the eye of right-wing bloggers such as Paul Staines, aka Guido Fawkes, who posted a video of ‘Looney’ ‘Left Unity debating backing ISIS.’ The proposed amendment (which in fact...