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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2003. They moved the country away from secularism and towards conservative Islamic rule. (Photo: Wikimedia commons).

It’s an Emergency! (Or is it?)

Erdoğan’s referendum isn’t about a strong or secure Turkey, it’s about friends, enemies and power-grabbing. To understand Turkey’s state of emergency and recent referendum it’s worth looking to Carl Schmitt. He remarked: “Sovereign is...

US Army Stryker armoured fighting vehicles outside the town of Manbij in northern Syria. (Photo: NPR)

Quicksand

Recently, the United States has been increasing its military presence on the ground in Syria. The additional deployments have good intentions, but could very easily make the situation worse. The 59 Tomahawk missiles that...

Scientists continue to delve further into the study of artificial intelligence (Photo: thefuturesagency.com)

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike

As our society continues to explore the realm of artificial intelligence, we must be prudent in acknowledging the inevitable dangers to come. Science fiction has transfixed people of all ages. As children we play...

Mikhail Gorbachev’s resignation in 1991 marked the beginning of a new era for the beleaguered nations of Eastern Europe. (Photo: The Gorbachev Foundation)

Our Friends to the East

With Britain facing a difficult few years in terms of diplomacy, we can find valuable allies among the nations of Eastern Europe. On 25 December 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev , declaring that the nation he...

Analyses of Brexit have misleadingly pitted the white, Northern working-class against London's liberal metropolitans. (Photo: Pexels)

Is it Grim Up North?

The Brexit binary of the liberal metropolitan elite versus the Northern white working-class is false and harmful to British politics. Mainstream political discourse tell us that Brexit has revealed a divide between London’s “metropolitan...

The Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Chancellor with Ex-IRA Leader Gerry Adams (Photo: The Times)

What’s Left?

Jeremy Corbyn is simply a symptom of social democracy’s worldwide decline due to identity politics and a rejection of patriotism. Can, and should, anything be done to save it? Much is made of the...

Augmented reality allows simulated objects to be superimposed on the real world. (Photo: www.affinityvr.com)

In Defence of the Unreal

Thanks to the rise of augmented reality, we’ll soon be living in a highly simulated environment. This is nothing to fear. High quality augmented and virtual reality technologies are on the cusp of going...

Jeremy Corbyn has failed to take responsibility for recent by-election defeats, despite his low approval ratings holding his party back. (Photo: Telegraph)

Copeland and Stoke: Learning the Lessons

After an historic defeat in Cumbria and a narrow victory in Stoke during last week’s by-elections, Antony Tucker examines where Labour go from here. There are five stages to by-election grief: 1) Denial –...

America is a country of immigrants – Trump himself is the grandson of German and Scottish immigrants. (Photo: laverrue (Flickr))

United We (Should) Stand

Trump and the far-right are using immigration as a distraction – the problems the working class are living with lay with the system we live under. The countries of the world are more connected...

Ministers of foreign affairs from the UN Security Council’s five permanent member states and Iran announce the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program. (Credit: US State Department)

Fuelling Meltdown with Iran

US President Donald Trump’s attitude towards Iran spells disaster, not just for relations with Iran, but for peace in the Middle East and the rest of the world. 16 January 2016 marked the implementation...

What has feminism become? What was it meant to be? (Photo: Michael Buckner)

Feminism: The New F Word

There is still a long way ahead for gender equity, but today’s feminism is straying away from that cause: it is losing touch with reality. Trump’s victory left many gutted and devastated. It was...

Politics is no longer Blairite but the centre is still the place to be. (Photo: PA)

You’re Right, So I Left

Even after Brexit, elections are still won in the centre-ground. The centre can and does hold – as it has since 1945. For a narcissist, Tony Blair had a remarkable knack for understanding the...

Stranded migrants passing food supplies dropped from a Thai army helicopter. (Photo: Christopher Archambault/AFP)

Rescue the Rohingya!

Mass migration in 2015 put the persecution of the Rohingya people under international spotlight. Little has been done to help them, and it will take a toll on the international community. Branded by the...

The Women’s March sent a clear message to Trump: don’t expect to infringe on female rights without protest. (Photo: Greg Cook)

Raise Your Fists And March Around

Now that the election is over, you could be forgiven for thinking that Americans are powerless to prevent Trump’s tyranny. However, there’s still one outlet to make him listen – protest. It’s safe to...

Sally Yates, ex-Acting Attorney General. (Photo: Daykan Com/Flickr)

United in Division

Donald Trump was elected on the back of vast divisions in the American psyche; unironically, it looks like his presidency will keep things that way. When the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, was fired...

Outgoing Labour MP Jamie Reed swaps the backbench for a position at Sellafield nuclear power plant. Photo: PA

Down but Not Out: Labour’s Prospects

2017 will be a tough year for Labour but they shouldn’t be written off. If they can hold fast to their principles while taking advantage of the turbulent political climate, hope remains. The resignation...

Emmanuel Macron represents France’s best hope of a progressive, reformist president who will unite his country, rather than dividing it further. (Photo: Le Monde)

France 2017: Quel Serait-il? (Encore Un Fois)

With the French presidential election only a few months away, Antony Tucker surveys the candidates and their chances. After a tumultuous year in France, characterised by terrorist atrocities, economic slough and stubbornly high unemployment,...

Justice Clarence Thomas, American judge known for his outspoken opposition against affirmative action. (Photo: Sidney Davis)

Affirmative Action is Atrocious

Egalitarianism has cultivated a general consensus against discrimination. Yet people seem to turn a blind eye when it’s done in the name of good will. Where morality is concerned, altruism is arguably the pinnacle...