June 5, 2020

We now know what a counterfeit $20 bill gets you, and it sure as hell isn’t justice.

Such was the case of George Floyd who was alleged to have purchased cigarettes from a shop with a forged $20 bill. Minutes after returning from the shop, Floyd, assumed by staff to be i...

May 11, 2020

75 years ago, the Allies of World War II formally accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany, putting an end to the war in Europe and marking Victory in Europe day. Since then, we have celebrated the end of the war every year, and it has become a public holiday in many cou...

April 16, 2020

As the Trump administration halted funding for the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), there is a lot to reflect on this relationship. Numerous experts have pointed out that although WHO is far from being a perfect organisation, it is the one playing a vit...

April 16, 2020

I try to make a point not to idolise politicians, but I think it is hard not to look at Bernie Sanders and find characteristics worthy of adulation. Whether or not you agree with his policies and proposals, you cannot claim that he is not a man of conviction, of worthy...

Harry Truman on learning that he had become President of the United States said, ‘I feel like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me’.

Like Truman, Sir Keir Starmer has been elevated to a position of authority at time of national emergency. The crisis...

March 23, 2020

The stock market in freefall, countries in lockdown and the airline industry seems to be on the brink of collapse - nothing seems to be going right for anyone. However, although it might appear that everyone is harmed by the effects of the Coronavirus, there is one key...

March 1, 2020

I don’t remember a lot about my early years in education, but the feelings that never left me were those relating to criticism. Whether it was a school report or direct punishment, education that delivered sanctions were far more memorable than any praise. The same can...

January 27, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has a belated new year’s resolution: establishing a “new era of Japanese diplomacy,'' according to a speech delivered to the Japanese Diet (parliament) on January 20th. 

Certainly, this is nothing unexpected. Since coming to office i...

January 18, 2020

Insanity, as Einstein once said, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. When political discourse is in such decline, it would hardly be kind to label Nicola Sturgeon, the first Minister of Scotland, as insane. But she is certainly...

December 15, 2019

The first Arab Spring began in 2011 due to civil unrest and ended in 2013 with either Arab governments quashing the protests with force, money, or both; or because the Arab public saw what happened in Libya, Syria, and Yemen and did not want their own situation to dete...

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