Brexit Evolution: The Stages of a Difficult Divorce

Photo credits: The Guardian. Since Brexit talks started in June 2017, it’s been difficult to keep up with all the rumours and drama. Yet, looking at Brexit through divorce terms proves a good method to understand the continuously evolving break-up process. The fluctuating negotiations cover assets, trade, money, and the rights of people (EU Citizens […]

How Big Data will come to direct our Existence

Photo credits: numeric analytics. The twentieth century has been one of unprecedented human manipulation experimentation on extremely large scales- Stalinism in Russia and National Socialism in Germany are the most obvious examples. Throughout the century, uncountable written pages have been inspired by the impressive views of military marches, brain-washing propaganda, gulags and concentration camps. Later, […]

Bitcoin: The Fraud Currency Riding the Digital Hysteria

Photo credits: The Guardian. Bitcoin is a digital crypto-currency that operates on blockchain technology, making it decentralised, deregulated, and supposedly ‘unhackable’. The value of one bitcoin has grown by about 4000% in a year and a half. It made headlines when it reached $5000. Surely the bubble would burst. It made headlines when it reached […]

The ICTY closed its doors at the end of last month – what has it achieved?

Photo credits: The Guardian. A woman prays for the dead in a war memorial near Sbrenica, in Bosnia, where around 8,000 Bosnian muslims were massacred in 1995. You may have heard of Slobodan Praljak, who was once a Croat military commander, and was later sentenced to 20 years in prison because of war crimes and crimes […]

Rust Belt States: the key to Trump’s victory

Photo credits: The Wall Street Journal. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin. Four states that together accounted for 64 of Donald Trump’s 304 Electoral College votes (306 if it weren’t for two faithless electors in Texas). Without these states, all four of which voted for Obama in 2012, Trump would not have secured the presidency. So why […]

The Crisis in Catalonia: Perspectives on Europe

Image credits: The​ ​Catalan​ ​Crisis​ ​is​ ​a​ ​story​ ​of​ ​incompetence​ ​and​ ​arrogance​ ​on​ ​both​ ​sides.​ ​The​ ​Catalan​ ​Assembly​ ​acted petulantly​ ​and​ ​rashly​ ​in​ ​holding​ ​an​ ​un-sanctioned​ ​referendum​ ​whilst​ ​the​ ​Spanish​ ​government exacerbated​ ​the​ ​situation​ ​by​ ​using​ ​force​ ​to​ ​prevent​ ​people​ ​from​ ​voting.​ ​The​ ​situation​ ​now​ ​has​ ​appeared to​ ​have​ ​stabilised​ ​in​ ​a​ ​large​ ​part​ […]

What is democracy? The word has been too often used and abused on both sides

Photo credits: Catalunya Diari. In the photo above, pro-independence protesters hold a sign that reads “referendum is democracy”. The evening after the referendum, the Spanish central government pereived it as an attack on democracy, and the PM Mariano Rajoy, of the ruling People’s Party, went so far as to praise the national police for their actions. […]

Voting isn’t Democracy: the tipping point of the crisis that has plummeted Spain into chaos

Photo credits: Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images Spain is a democratic, developed country built upon recent historic turmoil. With the death of Francisco Franco in 1975 Spain began a tough transition into democracy, culminated by the creation of the Spanish constitution in 1978. A variety of factors have contributed to the recent crisis in Catalonia, […]