The US launched a missile strike on Shayrat airfield in Syria at the beginning of April in a move that gained a lot of media attention, and may have indicated a shift in US foreign policy. In the confusion of allegiances, motives, and contradictions, the six-year war in Syria remains highly complicated, and this has only been exacerbated by President Trump’s recent foray into warfare. The POTUS previously had emphasised his isolationist position, and opposed action when President Obama was faced with a similar situation in 2013. A week later, Trump also authorised the largest non-nuclear bomb ever to be used in combat against ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, potentially signalling an abrupt change from an inward-looking US to its having interventionist foreign policy.
Last week saw the clearance of “The Jungle” in Calais, home to seven thousand-odd refugees fleeing the worst of the world’s conflicts. With growing pressure to find suitable accommodation for those in need and with many of the refugees making desperate attempts to cross the English Channel to find a safe haven in Britain, the British Government has been about as welcoming and compassionate as it has ever been towards people suffering at the hands of tyrants, be they British or foreign.
Convoys carrying nuclear warheads for Trident have been passing through Glasgow for years- what could happen if one were to crash?
Denmark and immigration brings images to mind of Danish authorities taking valuables from immigrants – assets exceeding $1,450 are meant to pay for the migrants’ subsistence – and refugee families being separated for years, as the Danish waiting period for applying to be rejoined with family members is one to three years. Sandwiched between the most popular European destinations for asylum seekers, German and Sweden (although the latter changed their integration laws this summer), Denmark tries to get a message across to anyone seeking asylum that it is not an attractive place to go. There is, however, some positive news from the North.
Crowdfunding’s biggest successes have predominantly been in the tech industry as cars, videogames, and smartwatches have been funded by people coming together to throw some money at something they’re interested in. But one new crowdfunding success promises more: a one-way ticket to The Hague for former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Momentum, a leftwing Labour organization, has organised a new initiative for children of members in order to broaden the spectrum of people involved in politics. On the one hand, the activity group would enable parents (in particular single mothers) to participate in Momentum events. Additionally, organisers claim it should encourage children to engage in politics. Seeing as Momentum is a controversial Jeremy Corbyn-supporting campaign group, critique has been levied against these activities.
Chancellor George Osborne claims that he will raise the standards of universities. The question is only: for whom? His reforms could drastically change the landscape of higher education. Major alterations include the replacement of student maintenance grants with loans for new students as of 2016-17, freezing the loan repayment threshold for five years and allowing private colleges called “challenger institutions”. Most notorious was the announcement allowing increased university fees in line with inflation. Crucially, this increase would be dependent on a higher standard of teaching, thereby linking quality with price.