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How independent are international institutions?

The global political arena is surrounded by international institutions which fulfill different roles and have varying degrees of independence and influence. However, they are not relevant in every international situation as in the case of harmonious situations, where the interests of states are entirely coincident, nor where states’ interests are fully incompatible. Their relevance exists […]

Will economic migrants make or break Europe?

With waves of refugees continuing to arrive on the shores of European nations, a debate has raged about what kind of impact this mass-migration might have on Europe’s economies – and perhaps even more controversially, what kind of effect it might have on its cultures. Of course, some Europeans – most notably, those in Sweden, Iceland […]

Has the SNP’s Westminster group failed to live up to it Holyrood counterpart?

A common affliction of long-serving governments is that the party in power, no matter how popular at the polling booth or party conference, will eventually find itself rocked with squalls, in-fighting and accusations of political stagnation. Undoubtedly, the SNP’s strength of position with Scottish voters has done little to protect them from this curse in […]

Mali’s unfinished war and the rise of jihad

In May and June 2015, Mali saw President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s government signing peace agreements with numerous northern militia and rebel groups, the Coalition of Azawad Movements (CMA). This agreement was made in an attempt to stem violence and unrest that has plagued the West African nation due to ethnic groups in the north of […]

No longer “keeping a low profile” – The shifting face of Chinese foreign policy

Taoguang yanghui, keeping a low profile, has been one of the essential “24 characters” introduced to guide Chinese foreign policy by Deng Xiaoping since 1990. An approach characterised with a relatively minimal international presence besides pursuing opportunities of internal and economic development, we have now entered an era where China will no longer follow this […]

Scottish Leader’s debate: An interview with Ruth Davidson – Conservative

With the general election just around the corner, there’s been no shortage of media attention around the proposed party leaders’ TV debates. Whether it’s been the argument over who should be involved or the Prime Minister being labelled as ‘feart’ for not wanting to take part, the debates have somehow managed, even in their possible […]

Scottish Leader’s debate: An interview with Willie Rennie – Lib Dems

With the general election just around the corner, there’s been no shortage of media attention around the proposed party leaders’ TV debates. Whether it’s been the argument over who should be involved or the Prime Minister being labelled as ‘feart’ for not wanting to take part, the debates have somehow managed, even in their possible […]

Scottish Leader’s Debate: An interview with Patrick Harvie – Green Party

With the general election just around the corner, there’s been no shortage of media attention around the proposed party leaders’ TV debates. Whether it’s been the argument over who should be involved or the Prime Minister being labelled as ‘feart’ for not wanting to take part, the debates have somehow managed, even in their possible […]

Scottish Leader’s Debate: An interview with Jim Murphy – Labour

With the general election just around the corner, there’s been no shortage of media attention around the proposed party leaders’ TV debates. Whether it’s been the argument over who should be involved or the Prime Minister being labelled as ‘feart’ for not wanting to take part, the debates have somehow managed, even in their possible […]

Scottish Leader’s debate: An interview with Nicola Sturgeon – SNP

With the general election just around the corner, there’s been no shortage of media attention around the proposed party leaders’ TV debates. Whether it’s been the argument over who should be involved or the Prime Minister being labelled as ‘feart’ for not wanting to take part, the debates have somehow managed, even in their possible […]

Special Report: Homeless this Christmas

Christmas time has some very strong connotations. When we think of ourselves getting into the festive spirit, we often think of warm fireplaces or opening presents with our family by the tree. Perhaps you think of Christmas dinner or gingerbread coffees or getting on your best party gear and heading out on the town for […]

Glasgow students set up drop in clinic to care for homeless pets

Launched in October this year, The Trusty Paws Clinic is a pop-up project that aims to provide a place for the city’s homeless to bring their dogs for medical care, food and blankets. The project was set up by fourth-year veterinary student Ruby Shorrock and has so far held two clinics with items donated by […]

Eight-thousand pledge rucksacks to help Glasgow’s homeless

Starting for the first time in Glasgow only last year, the Rucksack Project has already taken off in a big way. Organiser Lorna McLean presided over an event last Christmas that saw more than four-thousand rucksacks collected for Glasgow’s homeless. This year, the Project is expecting as much as double that amount and close to […]

Should convicted sex offenders be allowed to return to work?

When rumours of convicted rapist Ched Evans’ potential return to football first surfaced, there was a fairly resounding mood of disbelief. Whist legally speaking, there was nothing to suggest that Evans could not return to his previous life, most had assumed that his footballing career was over. Interestingly, the case raised an ethical dilemma that […]

Politicians jostle for the moral high-ground over Gaza

The Prime Minister has launched a staunch defence of the government’s position on Gaza following the untimely resignation of Baroness Warsi. David Cameron said he had been ‘consistently clear’ in calls for peace adding the crisis in the region had become ‘intolerable’. Lady Warsi announced her departure from the government on Twitter this week by […]

Glasgow 2014: What kind of legacy is this?

This summer, Glasgow will play host to the largest Scottish sporting event in history. In the coming weeks, years of planning will take full shape and the final results of this massive project will be clear for all to see. Unfortunately, a look beyond the glamour of the velodrome and the promises of a triumphant […]

The rise of synthetic drugs

Synthetic drugs and legal highs are becoming increasingly popular. This week saw the Association of Independent Festivals – which includes T in the Park, Bestival and Sonisphere – announce a ban on the sale of legal highs by on-site traders, a move they said would help fans make “safer choices”. Five years ago, substances like […]

UKIP’s greatest gaffes

UKIP has been in the papers again this week for all the wrong reasons after a party candidate said that the comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a “black country”. This is just the latest in a long line of unfortunate press coverage for the troubled party and whether you’re inclined to blame UKIP’s questionable membership […]