Since Friday there has been heated discussion in the news as to whether France’s bombardment of ISIS strongholds in Syria is justified, and more poignantly whether it is a moral response to the terrorist attack. I’m keen to see what all of you think on the issue because it is something that has divided opinion. … More Should France launch air strikes against ISIS after Friday’s attack?
This evening I went to a candle lit vigil held at my university in commemoration for those who lost their lives in Paris on Friday, as well as the victims in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It was a humbling experience just to see so many people come together in unison, all with the same sympathies … More Sheffield Stands in Solidarity
The plane that crashed over the Sinai on Saturday, killing 224 people on the Metrojet A321 flight has been rumoured by Downing Street to be the result of a bomb explosion carried out by the Islamic State. The crash occurred over Sinai in the North-Western region of Egypt and, today, Downing Street are calling for a … More “Was It A Bomb?” – Consequences of the Syrian Civil War
“This house regrets the Arab Spring” was the statement presented to me this evening during a debate hosted by my university. I initially thought this was a strange assertion, since what could possibly be wrong with the Arab Spring that one could ‘regret’ its occurrence? I soon came to realise that actually, this was more divisive than I had initially expected: … More Debating the Arab Spring
Some obligatory Parisian photos.
The recent surge of refugees on the European continent has given the sense that something significant is in the midst. With David Cameron overturning his previous stance against asylum and Angela Merkel’s “No Limit” cap for migrants finding sanctuary in Germany, it seems European and Middle Eastern politics have become intimately intertwined. Discussion of the refugees fleeing civil war … More “Calais Migrants” and the Issues of European Racism
I’m currently in Morocco staying in Marrakech so I apologise for the lack of activity on here! Marrakech is an absolutely crazy place and the Moroccans never seem to sleep… The souks and the market stalls are jam packed with traders and you certainly can’t fault their enthusiasm despite the 35° heat! Here are just … More Morocco
Edited by John Pilger. What an incredible book. If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll be aware that I am gradually drawing closer towards a career in journalism and my girlfriend kindly purchased this book for my 20th birthday to give me an insight into what investigative journalism actually consisted of. Honestly, the book has … More REVIEW: Tell Me No Lies – Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs
The opening of Guantanamo Bay in 2002 was a momentous juncture in the War on Terror which followed on from the catastrophic attack against the World Trade Centre, otherwise known as 9/11. The operations conducted at Guantanamo Bay even during its initial years have invited controversy and widespread suspicion at the legality surrounding the treatment of the detainees held … More Debating the Integrity of Torture: Guantanamo Bay