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Yau Wai-Ching (left) and Sixtus “Baggio” Leung (right) were barred from retaking their oaths. (Photo: Sam Tsang)

The Storm in Hong Kong

Shielding protesters from pepper spray and tear gas, umbrellas – symbolic of resilience, asymmetry of force, and audacity – has brewed up a political storm, and now the political climate is rougher than ever....

Tony Blair has faced more than a decade of criticism over his conduct in the run up to the Iraq War. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau)

The Crumbling Centrist Consensus

Divided and powerless, centrists have their leaders to blame for the immense unpopularity of their ideology. On 8 November, centrism was dealt its most savage blow yet, as Donald Trump was elected to serve...

Don’t fight the man, fight his politics. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Don’t Make Him a Martyr

Accusing Donald Trump of racism or sexism will only bolster his support. If he fails the Electoral College on these grounds, we might never hear the end of it. When compared to other modern...

Marine Le Pen looks forward to next year’s Presidential election. (Photo: New York Times)

Et maintenant, Le Pen?

After Donald Trump’s shock victory in the United States, populists are on the march. Can Marine Le Pen replicate his success next year? If 2016 was the year of triumph for the political outsider,...

Care in the UK is not free and costs can differ between countries (Photo: BBC)

A Crisis in Care

An ageing population means more elderly people in need of care. However, government-funding for care has been insufficient to meet demand and we are left with a struggling care sector. What can be done?...

Cool, concise and composed – Leonard Cohen made the ordinary extraordinary. (Photo: Reg Innell/Getty/Toronto Star)

Leonard Cohen: He’s the Man

With the recent loss of Leonard Cohen, there is no better moment for us to recognise the enduring impact of his legacy. I recall vividly the moment I first heard Leonard Cohen’s seductive baritone...

The UK should be wary of a relationship with China given its poor human rights record. (Photo: iStock)

Guilty by Association

Following Brexit, many have sought a new UK-China relationship to fill the hole left by the European Union.  But how far should we be willing to compromise? With a list of human rights violations...

Whilst Reagan stoked a revival of the US's classical liberal tradition, Trump has snuffed it out. (Photo: Salon)

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

Donald Trump’s election victory is the death knell for the founding ideology of the United States. On 9 November 2016, Donald Trump, to the astonishment of virtually everyone (including, most likely, the man himself)...

“The Doughnut”, GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. (Photo: GCHQ 2014)

I Spy

The Snoopers’ Charter is a completely disproportionate infringement on privacy. What is worse, however, is that it is passing with little opposition and this sets an extremely dangerous precedent. The Investigatory Powers Bill has...

The fierce battle between "Blairites" and "Corbynites" is irrelevant to most of Labour's traditional supporters. (Photo: The Guardian)

Get These Parties Started

The United Kingdom needs an entirely new set of political parties to represent the real divisions in today’s society. To the surprise of no-one, Jeremy Corbyn fended off Owen Smith’s leadership challenge, cementing his...

Pictured above, Corbyn and Lucas hitting it off. Or perhaps not. (Photo: The Guardian)

The Rainbow Coalition

Back in June, the Green Party called for a “progressive alliance” of all parties on the left, and they want it in Richmond too. With the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn, here’s why that wouldn’t...

Protesters barricade entrance doors before a lecture by conservative speaker Ben Shapiro at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Photo: Jacqueline Pilar/Young America’s Foundation)

The Regressive Progressives

America’s left constantly uses rhetoric to portray themselves as more tolerant than their Republican counterparts. Their actions, however, suggest otherwise. The word “tolerance” is abused in today’s political environment and used by liberals to...

A Trump presidency will see closer relations with Russia, but what does this mean for Europe? (Photo: Reuters)

Property Tycoons and Geopolitics

With Trump soon to occupy the Oval Office, Europe faces a period of uncertainty as populist movements gain confidence and the United States looks inwards. This piece was originally published on Carl’s personal blog....

A military demonstration in Tehran displays the Sahab-3 missile near a picture of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2008. (Photo: Hasan Sarbakhshian/Associated Press)

Deal or No Deal?

In 2015, President Barack Obama led a global effort to restrict Iran. However, closer inspection reveals that the Iran Deal enables the country to obtain what it wants most: a nuclear weapon. On 14...

Smoke rises during clashes in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq (Photo: Thaier Al-Sudani/ Reuters)

Madness in Mosul

The rise of populists and of IS stem from the same root cause: disillusionment with “the system”. That is why the defeat of IS will take so much more than just military force. The...

America will soon have a new Commander in Chief, and the electoral map gives Clinton the best odds. (Photo: The Week)

Sudden Death

After nearly two years of campaigning, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make their last stand. Casey Kroll analyses both candidates’ chances in becoming the next leader of the free world. America is an...