America: A Law Turned Upside Down

Comment: Written by James McQuillan.

In the wake of Charlottesville, the fear of an escalation in tensions between the respective sides weighs heavy on the country’s collective psyche. It is with this fear in mind that many protest and demonstrate against president Trump; while a crowd of loyal supporters to the president gathered to witness his speech, there was no shortage of those willing to stand as a contravening opinion.

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Missile Defence: New Technologies Show Potential to Improve Current Systems and Destabilise The Nuclear Balance

Comment: By Rian Whitton.

Since the eighties, missile defence has struggled to fulfil its original role as a counter to offensive nuclear weapons. New technologies like non-kinetic weapons and rail guns could change that but, in doing so, could destabilise the nuclear order. Continue reading

Why Have We Stopped Implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

Comment: Written by Bridgette Lane.

December 10th 2016 celebrated International Human Rights Day, commemorating the day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948. The UDHR was a highly significant cornerstone of the modern human rights movement, and with the current state of affairs it is as relevant today as the day it was adopted – so why are so many countries continuing to abuse it?  

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The destruction of a group’s culture: an act of genocide?

Comment: Written by Elizabeth Norman.

The debate surrounding whether the legal definition of genocide should include the deliberate eradication of one group’s culture, along with their physical and biological destruction, has gained a lot of attention in recent years. Last year the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Committee made headlines when, in their final report, they stated that the indigenous schools policy of the 20th century amounted to cultural genocide.

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Adam Curtis’ Hypernormalisation: The respectable viewer’s Zeitgeist

Review: Written by Rian Whitton.

The controversial documentary maker Adam Curtis has returned with an ambitious, if somewhat convoluted, thesis on the artifice of our modern political discourse. In his alternative history, Curtis argues that geopolitics, finance and technological utopianism have coalesced to create a vacuous pseudo-reality, in substitution for the complex human drama we feel increasingly helpless to change.  

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