Category: Regions

Donald Trump – One Too Many Blunders

On May 9th, President Trump fired FBI Director Comey – only the second time an FBI director has ever been fired in the bureau’s 108-year existence. The following day, he shared sensitive classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office. Donald…

Brexit Through the Gift Shop

In just mere weeks the world will be a year removed from being helpless bystanders as the British people decided they wanted tighter borders, less globalization, and bendier, and therefore more patriotic, bananas. Pure frenzy captivated the United Kingdom in…

More Than Just A Game: The Soft Power Politics of Sports and the 2018 Olympic Games

There has always been an inherent connection between sports and politics. In 19th century Britain, there was a movement known as “muscular Christianity” that emphasized the importance of schoolyard games and bolstering fair play to mold “future guarantors of the Empire.”…

Bolivar Of Broken Dreams: What Went Wrong in Venezuela

Authoritarian regimes and resource cursed economies are themes Latin American countries have tried to confine to history, but Venezuela’s slow-burning crisis has displayed an inability to move beyond these neo-colonial trends. Now, the discontent that has been building over the…

U.K. General Election 2017: Historic, But Historically Uncompetitive

“Not another one!” exclaimed Brenda from Bristol. Captured in a viral video, this reaction was in response to the snap election that Prime Minister Theresa May has recently called, just two years after the last general election in 2015. Given the aftermath of…

Macron: We Dodged a Bullet, Now Let’s Prevent Future Shots

The world took a sigh of relief as a young new leader emerged from the 2017 French presidential election: Emmanuel Macron. It is important to note that, although the independent candidate passed by 66.1% vs 33.9%, this is still in no…

Understanding South Korea’s Presidential Elections

On May 9th, South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in, a liberal candidate, to succeed Park Geun-hye’s conservative government. This election was a significant turn away from what could have threatened South Korean democracy once again. For half a century now, South Koreans…

The Colonial Roots of Zuma’s Presidency

The reputation of South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has gone steadily downhill since the country began “flirting with recession” in 2016. The extent to which Zuma is responsible for South Africa’s current economic “junk status,” however, is widely debated –…