14/08/2018
  • History & Philosophy

    A Brief History of the Women’s Rights Movement in Iran (1911-1979)

    “As Iran’s wealth rose from increased oil exports more money was put into the suppression of fringe groups and the further modernisation of the state. The Family Protection Law of 1968 abolished extrajudicial divorce, greatly limited polygamy, and established special Family Courts for dealing with matters relating to the new personal status legislation, although a step forward for women’s rights in Tehran, especially being pushed by female senators who only six years before could not even hold the position or push legislation in the Majles.” (Read More)

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    Opinion

    The Breakdown of Our Political Discourse

    “If you are to truly believe that your political opposition is composed of bad actors with evil motivations then you effectively disqualify any chance of even starting a conversation in good faith. The attribution of unscrupulous motives to somebody is not to simply say that they are wrong, but that they could in fact never be right” (Read More)

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    Arts & Culture

    In defence of the expert amateur

    “The expert amateur, wherever they are and whatever they write about, will always have just cause to put pen to paper if they’ve got something to say that is worth reading. ” (Read More)

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    UK Politics

    NHS70: The Way We Talk About The Health Service Needs To Change

    “Whilst it has undoubtedly been the case for several years the NHS appears to be something of a sacred cow within the realm of British political discourse. It’s the closest thing we have to a state-sponsored religion and this reveals itself in the way we talk about and relate ourselves to it.” (Read More)

  • Brexit

    Now Is The Time To Codify A Constitution For Britain

    “Brexit’s is perhaps the most divisive issue ever to befall British politics. Everyone has their own take on the advantages, or pitfalls, of this leap into political uncertainty. It necessitates that Britain re-write its relationship with the European Union, requiring parliament to legislate on areas of policy that once came under the EU’s purview” (Read More)

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In the Spotlight

In defence of the expert amateur

by Alastair Stewart in Arts & Culture

“The expert amateur, wherever they are and whatever they write about, will always have just cause to put pen to paper if they’ve got something to say that is worth reading. ” (Read More)

Scotland

Scottish Nationalism: A Movement Bereft of Ideas?

Scotland

“A lesson that many independence supporters failed to heed from 2014 is that being able to mobilise tens of thousands of already engaged people (some zealously so) might look good for a modicum of publicity, but it doesn’t necessarily conflate with political clout or persuasion” (Read More)

Is Alex Salmond an unwitting Russian stooge?

Scotland

With the former First Minister of Scotland starting a new career as a talk show host on the Kremlin-backed news channel, RT, the author discusses why those from the left have an unusual obsession with Russia and why Alex Salmond is ignoring Britsh history as well as embarrassing Scotland. (Read More)

The invention of history in the Scottish independence debate

History & Philosophy

“In March 2013 a piece of history was invented, that in 1940, in the face of an impending invasion, Scotland was to be ‘sacrificed’ to protect England. This ‘factoid’ was widely used and elaborated online in the months leading up to the Scottish independence referendum. It continues to be sued to demonstrate Scottish victimhood and grievance.” (Read More)

Arts

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    Arts & Culture

    “The expert amateur, wherever they are and whatever they write about, will always have just cause to put pen to paper if they’ve got something to say that is worth reading. ” (Read More)

History

  • History & Philosophy

    “As Iran’s wealth rose from increased oil exports more money was put into the suppression of fringe groups and the further modernisation of the state. The Family Protection Law of 1968 abolished extrajudicial divorce, greatly limited polygamy, and established special Family Courts for dealing with matters relating to the new personal status legislation, although a step forward for women’s rights in Tehran, especially being pushed by female senators who only six years before could not even hold the position or push legislation in the Majles.” (Read More)

Opinion

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    Opinion

    “If you are to truly believe that your political opposition is composed of bad actors with evil motivations then you effectively disqualify any chance of even starting a conversation in good faith. The attribution of unscrupulous motives to somebody is not to simply say that they are wrong, but that they could in fact never be right” (Read More)

world

Clinton Compares Herself to Winston Churchill

US & Canada

“Hillary Clinton likened herself to Winston Churchill as a “polarizing” figure in an interview with the British newspaper, the Guardian, this week. In trying to walk back her statement she said, ‘I mean, I’m not comparing myself, but I’m just saying people said that but he was right about Hitler, and a lot of people in England were wrong. And Churchill was a pain. He kept popping up all the time'” (Read More)

The Space Force: Would You Like To Know More?

US & Canada

“President Trump is essentially viewing space as another area for the American hegemon to exert its influence as it has done over the land, sea and air at least since World War Two. As he said himself it’s a “warfighting domain” and this has been the case for some time.” (Read More)

Trump-Kim Summit: A Step In The Right Direction

Asia

“What was unthinkable just a few months ago has now become a reality, and, for that, the world should be celebrating this remarkable, albeit small, first step in what could lead to mutually beneficial outcomes for all parties concerned” (Read More)


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