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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

Return of Ebola

Return of Ebola

June 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    The deadliest Ebola outbreak in forty years only ended on June 9 2016, and now, less than a year later, the World Health Organization has announced the return of the virus. Between 2013 and 2016 Ebola infected more than 28,000 people and killed at least 11,000 in West Africa.Read More

Politics of Destabilisation and Regime Change in Venezuela

Politics of Destabilisation and Regime Change in Venezuela

June 13, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Political Opposition in Venezuela is in a negative-sum game. Actors of different hues and mutual contradictions have united in their common hatred for President Nicolas Maduro and in their determination to overthrow the Chavista regime – in power since 1999. Opposition is working in tandem with international actors who areRead More

Czech constitutional crisis: “Sorry jako”

Czech constitutional crisis: “Sorry jako”

June 12, 2017 at 2:18 PM

Charged spats between government officials are rarely, if ever, looked upon from the sidelines with enthusiasm, and are more frequently perceived by the public as painful examples of childish behaviour and posturing that corrode the dignity usually expected to surround public office. Indeed, prolonged squabbles may be described as embarrassingRead More

Climate Change: Looking ahead

Climate Change: Looking ahead

June 11, 2017 at 6:11 PM

On many occasions, I have faced the need to comprehensively define energy policy or climate policy for people whose interests are aroused by the news stories/articles on energy, climate change, environment etc. that come up daily. In a bid to offer a simple definition (but my professors will usually pauseRead More

Trouble in the Balkans

Trouble in the Balkans

June 1, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Since the conclusion of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, ethnic conflicts have lingered but remained under control in Eastern Europe. This year, however, has seen rising European nationalism and political turmoil spread into the Balkans. Territorial disputes and internal divisions have shaken the fragile status quo in the formerRead More