Politics

FIFA: the Human Rights Bubble Refusing to Implode

Football is the most popular sport in the world. Billions play, watch, and devote parts of their life to the sport. This article explores how FIFA has allowed itself to benefit from human rights abuses, tainting the sport as a whole. It hopes to spark some sort of self-reflection in the everyday fan or at least reveal the extent of the problem. Football might represent the height of sporting entertainment, but it comes with a global human cost.

The Difficulties of Translation: From Grammatical Errors to Donald Trump

The global market for languages service is booming and translation plays an important part in our daily lives. A life without translations seems impossible. In an increasingly globalised world, everyone who is confronted with translated material has to consider the work that goes into translating and how a wrong translation can have wide reaching consequences.

Meritocracy Kills Creativity and Breeds Populism

Recent years have seen disillusioned voters move away from moderate standpoints towards populist parties on both the left and the right of the political spectrum. Populism’s rise can be linked to the mental separation of ‘established elites’ for whom the system caters to, and the ‘ordinary people’, who are left behind.

5 Reasons Why Biden Could Win the Election

The clock is ticking and with each hour that passes the election day is drawing nearer. This is one of the most unpredictable US elections and there is strong case to be made in Biden’s favour.

5 Reasons Why Trump Could Win the Election

With less than a week to go until the US Presidential Election on November 3rd, it is more important than ever to take a step back from the heat of the battle and evaluate both candidates. Let’s start with Donald Trump.

Helping environmental migrants is the least we can do

By Mauragh Scott. For as long as humans have lived on the Earth, migration has been an essential part of life. It is believed that the earliest form of human migration begun around two million years ago. However, in recent years migration has become an extremely controversial issue, which is set to get even worse … More

Iran as a Showcase of the EU’s Geopolitical Struggles

By Pavel Dostalik. The opening of the new decade saw a truly roaring development – an escalation in the Middle East as a result of high-tension relations between the United States and Iran. Maintaining stability in the Middle East is of particular importance to Europeans as a disrupted region might provoke another wave of migration, … More

Time Is Running Out: Europe’s final chance to push for climate action

By Pavel Dostalik. Europe’s new raison d’être seems to be green. In 2019, Europeans cast their ballots expressing record-high support for parties focused on fighting the climate emergency. The new European Commission made a pledge to take action and turn Europe into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Commission President von der Leyen unveiled the … More

A Permission To Hate?

By a guest writer. The rise of the populist, right wing parties and organisations is a phenomenon that has been experienced everywhere in the western world. From Donald Trump to Austria’s FPÖ, and from Finland’s very own Jussi Halla-Aho and his Finns’ Party to France’s Front National and Australia’s Pauline Hanson, the impact of these … More

Veganism on The Rise: Not a Diet, but a New Economy

By Chiara Riezzo. Only a few months into the new decade, the year 2020 has already consolidated a number of retail trends that have, over the past years, revolutionized both the global and the UK market. Amidst the Brexit uncertainty and anticipation of new global trade deals, retail in the UK keeps growing and changing … More

Brexit: What Happens Next…?

By Teodor Ispas. Yes, you can stop pinching yourself now and yes Brexit has finally happened, as on the 31st of January the UK has officially left the European Union. However, those who might think that all is over and that the UK can now completely move on, would be mistaken. What follows next? While … More

Iran as a Showcase of the EU’s Geopolitical Struggles

The opening of the new decade saw a truly roaring development – an escalation in the Middle East as a result of high-tension relations between the United States and Iran. Maintaining stability in the Middle East is of particular importance to Europeans as a disrupted region might provoke another wave of migration, an infamously polarizing … More

‘Outward-looking Europe’ needs to look inward first

By Pavel Dostalik. With the recent changes in leadership of European institutions, the European Union and its policy priorities are changing too. The incoming Commission of Ursula von der Leyen calls for ‘more Europe in the world’ and promises to enhance external actions of the Union. At the same time, the ability to turn the … More

The Populism of Brexit

By Teodor Ispas. It is the year 2019, the UK Prime Minister has met with the European Union Commissioner to ask for a Brexit extension. No one knows or remembers what this is about or how it started. In the UK it is a celebrated Holiday. Firstly, the UK wants to leave the European Union; … More

Protecting our European Way of Life – from migration or the far-right?

By Pavel Dostalik. The European Union is entering a new phase. In May, Europeans made their voices heard in one of the world’s biggest elections and elected a new European Parliament. This also means a new European Commission, the legislative body of the Union, which will be responsible for much of the impending changes in … More

BRAZIL OIL SPILL: Hashtag Activism

By Ravneet Kahlon. Social Media to Social Impact… Social media has been hailed a revolution in activism. With its far-reaching platform, it engages with people from all walks of life and unites people from opposite ends of the world. It encourages public scrutiny and transparent governance as well as improving civic participation and engagement throughout … More

What the Amazon Fires Mean

By Mauragh Scott. On the week beginning the 19th of August, international media was ignited with the news that the Amazon rainforest was on fire. Smoke from these fires caused the skies of Sao Paulo, 3000km away from the source of the fire, to darken. This story, one of the many which came out of … More

The Captivating Narrative of Populism in the Tale of the XXI Century

By Julia Bąk. The story of populism is not a new one although it has seen a surge of popularity in modern societies around the world, as figures like Donald Trump (USA), Marine LePen (France) or Jarosław Kaczyński (Poland) appear on the political scene. The term populism itself is known to be ambiguous and hard … More

The Trade Game

By Teodor Ispas. Are we on the brink of a global recession? Many recent economic signs do point towards that direction. The same signs also point towards one of the major causes for this: The Trade War. In the last two months, the U.S. Federal Reserve has performed dramatic interest rate cuts that are comparable … More

Decolonising Environmentalism

By Katharina Schmitz. Current environmentalist movements aim to make people realise the local harmful effects of climate crisis, such as floods, heat waves, and the extinction of species. Naturally, it is only once one is actually affected that the climate crisis becomes personally experienced in its threatening dimensions. Also, local and regional elected stakeholders can … More

The SNP & Scottish Independence:

By Graham Davidson. “Can the Dominant Force in Scottish Politics Adjust to Cultural Changes in Politics?” As an electoral force, the Scottish National Party (SNP) continues to defy both expectations and political precedent. Oftentimes, local and European elections in the UK tend to be used as a protest vote against incumbent governments. Even in its … More

A Review of Pitts’ Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire

By Oskari Mantere. Almost by definition, international law is universal. This belief seems nearly tautological, thus true to the point that it is almost silly. Of course, international law is universal; otherwise, it would not be truly an international law. This self-indulgent and unreflective belief is merely a false historical narrative. The fact is that … More

A Cross-case Analysis of the Realities of Unpaid Internships: the UK & Italy

By Anastasia Roscia. Achieving a degree has become increasingly common in the past few decades. The job market has never been so competitive; ‘standing out from the crowd’ with a good degree and high grades is not possible anymore. In addition, macroeconomic factors such as the 2008 economic crisis have worsened the situation and impacted … More

Automation & The Threat to the Left

By Graham Davidson. My previous article for The International Viewpoint on the rise of populism and the decline of the centre-left suggested that the earnings gap between graduates and non-graduates needed to close. However, in as little as 20 years from now, this may come to be seen as a woefully short-sighted strategy. There may … More

Moyn, S. (2018), Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

By Oskari Mantere. When historians became interested in the history of human rights in the 1990s and early 2000s, they traced their history either to ancient philosophies, the Christian natural law, the Age of Enlightenment, or the horrors of the gas chambers. It was the revisionist argument that modern human rights had their origins in … More

Do Fathers’ Rights Movements Undermine Domestic Violence’s Victims’ Claims?

By Anastasia Roscia. Fathers’ rights movements are political and social groups of activists that declare themselves to be defenders of gender equality for men, especially in matters such as financial support and child custody after divorce and separation. They are a truly international movement and can be found under different names and associations in many … More

The US College Scandal, The UK “Class” Ceiling, & The Meritocracy Ideal

By Anastasia Roscia. Last month, the biggest US college scandal to date led the FBI to accuse famous Hollywood actresses, CEOs of law firms and prominent business leaders of paying thousands of dollars to help their children get into competitive elite universities. There were a variety of unlawful methods used, including bribing coaches working at … More

International Broadcasting: Public Diplomacy or Propaganda?

By Berit Braun. Flipping through the channels available on my hotel TV, I stumbled not only onto Portuguese soap operas and Italian talent shows but also onto a channel that left me confused: On France24, an obviously not-French presenter discussed the current situation in Libya in heavily Irish-accented English. The next channel, Deutsche Welle, left … More

Crimea Five Years On: What has Russia Gained?

By Hans Nasman. Just over five years ago, Russia shocked the international community by annexing the Crimean Peninsula. This move set the stage for a further, ongoing crisis in Ukraine in which Crimea came under Russian control and two widely unrecognised people’s republics in eastern Ukraine were formed. No end is in sight to this … More

We Need to Talk about Gendered Violence in Films

By a guest writer. Films have never been more accessible. Services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, and Hulu are limitless. We are no longer restricted to Blockbuster’s three movies weekend offer; instead, we have endless options. But the accessibility of films means violence becomes an everyday encounter. Yet, rarely do we connect these things … More

Social Division & The Decline of the Centre-Left: Can Populism Be Stopped?

By Graham Davidson. In his 1845 novel Sybil, future British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli described the rich and the poor as “Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were … inhabitants of different planets”. Fast forward to … More

Pay Gap, But Worse: Why We Should Be Talking About the Gender Pension Gap

By Berit Braun. International Women’s Day is often used to highlight the gender pay gap – one of the key metrics that prove that women and men in Europe and around the world are still far from equal. It is a persuasive argument. Statistics don’t lie, and women literally get paid less for doing the … More