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Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence

August 10, 2017 at 4:27 PM

Are Scotland and Catalonia willing to do what it takes to achieve independence? In 2007, the Scottish National Party launched a proposal of holding a referendum over Scotland’s independence. In 2009, some activists detached from mainstream Catalan parties launched the same proposal in Catalonia and actually held unofficial referenda that drove more than a million people to the polls voting overwhelminglyRead More

Russia: Beating NATO without firing a bullet

Russia: Beating NATO without firing a bullet

July 28, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Author’s note: This article assumes, for the sake of argument, a decisively pro-NATO position in order to analyze the security prospects of Baltic NATO members. Readers are encouraged to keep in mind that the following offers an intentionally biased perspective. In the north-east corner of the European Union, between theRead More

ISIS and Women: With, Against and Victims

ISIS and Women: With, Against and Victims

July 21, 2017 at 11:16 PM

Last week, an ISIS fighter was dressed in women’s clothes as he attempted to bomb refugees. This is not the first or the last time that a women’s attire was used as a tool by violent extremists. In 2015, a group of ISIS fighters wore women’s clothing in an attemptRead More

South Asia’s Space Race

South Asia’s Space Race

July 16, 2017 at 5:14 PM

 During the ideological struggles of the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union faced off in the space race. That competition culminated in the greatest feat of human exploration in history with the moon landing on July 20 1969. Almost 50 years later, a new rivalry is pushing aerospaceRead More

Russia: “Old world” thinking and economic sanctions

Russia: “Old world” thinking and economic sanctions

July 16, 2017 at 5:07 PM

In early June, Putin sat down for an interview with Oliver Stone in which he was asked for his opinion on U.S. Senator John McCain; more specifically, he was asked for his opinion on the senator’s allegations calling Putin a butcher and thug. Though praising Senator McCain’s patriotic commitment toRead More

Twitter and Censorship

Twitter and Censorship

July 11, 2017 at 8:44 AM

On June 17th at around 10 am Doha time (07:00 GMT) the Twitter account of Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel, a verified account with more than eleven million followers, was suspended due to an organised campaign. Engineers at Al Jazeera Arabic who were in communication with Twitter said there was aRead More

Modern Day Cyber Warfare: In the Hands of Hackers

Modern Day Cyber Warfare: In the Hands of Hackers

July 5, 2017 at 8:06 PM

In recent years, an increasing number of sophisticated cyber attacks have rattled the international community. With the Ransomware Wanna Decryptor (WannaCry) strain cyber attack as the most recent, which affected an estimated 16 UK hospitals as well as establishments in several other countries, there have been some equally riveting cyberRead More

Conservative Manifesto: Not the Solution to a ‘Broken Britain’

Conservative Manifesto: Not the Solution to a ‘Broken Britain’

June 26, 2017 at 6:02 PM

Let’s “change Britain for the better” and “come together as a country”, said former Prime Minister David Cameron discussing the Conservative Manifesto in the lead up to the 2010 elections. A similar message was repeated by Cameron just five years later before the next elections: the government will offer peopleRead More

The Weaponization of Western Values

The Weaponization of Western Values

June 25, 2017 at 6:26 PM

A CBC Angus-Reid “Canadian Values” poll conducted in 2016 found that the majority of Canadians wished minorities would do more to “fit in” with the country’s values. This is a nation that is heralded internationally as the progressive sanctuary for immigrants and refugees. The poll did not specify what theseRead More

India’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: A boost to regional stability?

India’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: A boost to regional stability?

June 14, 2017 at 1:01 AM

As India and Pakistan set to become formal members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during its forthcoming summit on 8th June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, there are lot of anxieties as regards the SCO turning into a battleground for settling scores owing to their animosities over the question ofRead More