A Tourist’s Paradise?

Reports emerged today that three British men have been held without trial for seven months and tortured in police custody in Dubai. British charity Reprieve announced the incident, claiming that the men were beaten and given electric shocks, as well as forced to sign documents in Arabic, a language which...

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The Global Advance of Gay Marriage

The last few weeks have seen a series of decisions by lawmakers around the world to advance the rights of gay couples to legally marry. On Saturday, February 2nd, the French parliament approved a bill that advanced same-sex partnerships by redefining marriage as an agreement between two people and not...

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2012: A Worrying Year for Women

When did violence against women become so normalized? I was under the impression we had had a sexual revolution, at least in the West, so why is it that 2012 seemed to become a year characterized by horrific levels of violence against women around the world? The Taliban attack on...

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Getting Over the Loss

Getting Over the Loss Just over two months ago the Republican Party began the slow process of recovery after Mitt Romney’s defeat to Barack Obama. An electoral loss is always hard, but perhaps this year’s defeat was even more painful due to the pundits’ insistence that the race was too...

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The Dangers of Professional Sport

The tragic events in Kansas City this weekend stirred up some uncomfortable questions for the NFL. Jovan Belcher, a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday, ending a promising career and leaving their 3 month-old daughter without her parents. Suicides have become an increasingly worrying...

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A Blow to Women in the Church

Last week the Church of England failed yet again to approve a vote that would allow women to be ordained as bishops. The Anglican Church is appearing worryingly out of touch with contemporary society. This latest failure to secure equal rights for women within the establishment is only the most...

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So What? – Trans-Atlantic Attitudes to Sex Scandals

David Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA this week after it emerged that he had been having an extramarital affair with his biographer. Despite a long, distinguished, and successful career, including the leadership of American forces in the war in Afghanistan, Petraeus was forced to resign. But why? President...

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Sandusky to Savile: The Need for a Paradigm Shift

In recent weeks the UK has been rocked by allegations that one of the nation’s best loved entertainers was a serial pedophile. Police are currently dealing with around 300 potential victims spanning a period of 40 years. Jimmy Savile, best known for his television show Jim’ll Fix It, allegedly abused...

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The Politics of Class

Class has recently re-emerged as a potent issue in British politics, with a senior politician at the center of the row. Andrew Mitchell, the government’s chief whip until last week, was filmed shouting abuse at policemen outside Downing Street in September, calling them “plebs”, telling them they should know their...

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Are Televised Political Debates a Good Idea?

Two years ago, the British public witnessed the first ever set of Prime Ministerial debates as part of the 2010 general election. This followed decades of wrangling among politicians and pundits over whether the debate format was suited to the British electoral process. There is a strong argument to be...

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