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Today, we write a new chapter in the history of the Balkans. Nationalist hatred, disputes and clashes are now replaced by friendship, peace and cooperation.

-Alexis Tsipras, on the Macedonia bills, 25 January 2019.

These past few years have seen plenty of controversial leaders and issues which have plagued, amongst many, the two principal English speaking countries. As a result, leaders from both governments have resigned, and it has reached such a level, that one could argue that both countries are competing. Who will rid themselves of their Cabinet faster, Trump or May?

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"The right way to rule out No Deal is for this House to approve a deal with the European Union. That is what this Government is seeking to achieve. The only other guaranteed way to avoid a No Deal Brexit is to revoke Article 50 – which would mean staying in the EU. Mr Speaker, there are others who think that what we need is more time, so they say we should extend Article 50 to give longer for Parliament to debate how we should leave and what a deal should look like.

This is not ruling out no deal, but simply deferring the point of decision. And the EU are very unlikely simply to agree to extend Article 50 without a plan for how we are going approve a deal.


So when people say “rule out No Deal” the consequences of what they are actually saying are that if we in Parliament can’t approve a deal we should revoke Article 50. Mr Speaker, I believe this would go against the referendum result and I do not believe that is a course of action that we should take, or which this House should support."

-Theresa May, Statement to the House of Commons, 21 January 2019.

“No regime has done more to sustain the nightmarish condition of the Venezuelan people than the regime in Havana, (...) Cuban security and intelligence thugs, invited into Venezuela by Maduro himself and those around him, have sustained this illegitimate rule. ... Cuba has directly made matters worse." 

- Mike Pompeo, Statement to UN Security Council, 26th of January, 2019.

Last updated: 29th of January, 2019

"My fellow Americans, tonight I’m speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border... In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now... 


As part of an overall approach to border security, law enforcement professionals have requested $5.7 billion for a physical barrier. At the request of Democrats it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall. This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It’s also what our professionals at the border want and need. This is just common sense. The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year. Vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress. The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico...

Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes? They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized...

Hopefully we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security... When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country and that is what I will always do so help me god..."

- Donald Trump, Speech on Immigration, 8th of January, 2019. Full transcript of the speech with response from Democrats available here.

“We talk about Liberalism as emerging from a certain place, and maybe it did, but the western world doesn’t have monopoly over the broader ideas of freedom, justice, and human rights”

We sat down to talk with Dr. Indrajit Roy in the Politics Department at the University...

Ukrainian screenwriter and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won his country’s most recent presidential election on 21st April 2019 by a remarkable landslide, defeating incumbent Petro Poroshenko with 73.23% of the public vote. Perhaps more remarkable is the fact that his po...

April 20, 2019

In a culture that fetishizes the pursuit of fame, it’s ever more important that lawmakers, media outlets and members of the public adopt the response of the New Zealand Prime Minister in the face of hate.

"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notori...

March 28, 2019

Guess who's back, back again...

The United States of America has had a long and proud history of meddling in South America. The Cold War saw numerous American sponsored coups and petty dictators propped up all along Central and South America, near universally with horri...

March 22, 2019

Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown is an entrepreneur with expertise in advocacy, communications and partnership development. Elizabeth co-founded Uncommon Union in 2013, an organisation with a focus on advocating for global issues and and then Nadia’s Initiative in 2016, a non...

March 21, 2019

I recently attended an international development society conference. The topic this year was climate change, its effects and policy solutions. We had the opportunity to listen to six speakers who have a vast range of experience in environmental issues including academi...

March 20, 2019

Michalis Psalidopoulos was a professor at the Department of Economics of the University

of Athens and since June 2015, he has been an Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

1. You’ve been an Alternate Executive Director at the IMF...

March 11, 2019


When rappers started they were perceived as ‘Public Enemy Number One’ by many because they “fought the power” and expressed themselves in a way that many were uncomfortable with. However, they understood the best wa...

British politics has had its fair share of turmoil, however, early this morning it seems that the drama of Westminster continues. So far we are aware that there have been seven resignations: Chuka Umunna; Luciana Berger; Chris Leslie; Angela Smith; Mike Gapes; Gavin Sh...

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