Transgender individuals in the military: a new pawn in Trump’s divisive politics

On Wednesday, Trump made a shock announcement that the U.S. military would now no longer allow transgender individuals from serving in the military. Announced via twitter, the President cited “tremendous medical costs and disruption to the military” as reasons behind the decisions, thereby reversing the Pentagon’s lift of the ban in 2016 for transgender individuals … Continue reading Transgender individuals in the military: a new pawn in Trump’s divisive politics

What last year’s failed coup meant for civil-military relations and democracy in Turkey

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the failed coup in Turkey. On July 15th 2016, a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces, under the name of Peace at Home Council, attempted to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) from power. It was a historical moment in Turkish civil-military relations and … Continue reading What last year’s failed coup meant for civil-military relations and democracy in Turkey

Grenfell Tower: ‘The Nasty Party’ image is alive and well under Theresa May

Last Tuesday, Londoners woke up to see the desperate and horrific scenes of Grenfell Tower as a massive fire ripped through the council block in Kensington. Having reportedly been caused overnight by an explosion in a kitchen appliance, residents were trapped inside as as the fire rapidly spread throughout the building. No alarm systems were … Continue reading Grenfell Tower: ‘The Nasty Party’ image is alive and well under Theresa May

Don’t be fooled by the red lines rhetoric – the “moral stain” of the Assad regime will continue

Last week the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed what many already knew to be true, that Bashar al Assad had used sarin gas in the attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Northern Syria, which killed at least 70 Syrians. Even now the pictures are impossible to forget. Young children lying side by side, … Continue reading Don’t be fooled by the red lines rhetoric – the “moral stain” of the Assad regime will continue