Tag Archives: Current Events

Brexit: England’s ‘Kobayashi Maru’

Nearly three months have passed since the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a close referendum roughly split between 52% in favour of the motion and 48% against. When that momentous decision was made then-prime minister David Cameron resigned in the belief that he no longer held a mandate to […]

Russian Daredevils climb the Shanghai Tower

This video is 100% real. 650 meters off the ground with absolutely no safety equipment. One slip or mistake and they’re as good as dead. Some of the photographs they took during their ascent (the climb took in excess of 18 hours) are absolutely stunning. These two ninjas have their own Livejournal page and they really deserve the traffic […]

Some people were just ahead of the curve…

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered… I believe that banking institutions […]

Syria: The Case Against ‘Intervention’

The crisis in Syria is a damned tragedy. It is also a damned tragedy that western nations, no matter the level of perceived seething injustice and vitriol against Al-Assad’s regime, can do jack-shit about what is unfolding on the ground in the country. Also, given the scale of the chaos on the ground does anyone […]

Why the world must support Edward Snowden

Unless you’ve been disconnected from all forms of news media for the past few weeks you’ve undoubtedly heard the name “Edward Snowden”. Edward Snowden is an American former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), before becoming disgruntled with his […]

Renaissance, Enlightenment… Revelation?

Society as we know it has been forged over the course of millennia, it has been shaped and melded by movements and ideologies that range from the sweeping vistas of Ancient Athens to the steps of Pretoria. History has shown, beyond a shadow of a doubt that modern society worldwide was created primarily through two […]

Afghanistan: The Hopeless Military Adventure

Writing a reflective piece on Afghanistan is no easy task, it a contentious and controversial subject made only more so by almost weekly reports of western troops falling at the hands of the insurgency present in the country. However, because it is such a prominent current event with deep seated historical roots it requires some […]

One small nation that keeps making history…

New Zealand’s parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.  Lawmakers approved the bill, amending the 1955 marriage act, despite opposition from Christian lobby groups. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22184232 New Zealand, my foster nation, has made history yet again by legalising same-sex marriage nationwide. For such a small nation New Zealand has […]

“God is Dead”

Philosophers are the pioneers of contemporary thought, men and women that have facilitated direct or indirect cultural and social change throughout history. Philosophy is an intellectual force that has spanned millennia and likewise speaks across millennia, with many contemporary scholars such as Noam Chomsky still referencing and contemplating the works of Socrates, Francis Bacon, Machiavelli, […]

Curtain Call for “The United Kingdom”?

We’re living through an interesting and potentially groundbreaking peroid of history at the moment with “The Arab Spring”, the very first African-American  President of the United States taking and retaining office, the economic balance of power shifting eastwards, and seeing the biggest challenge to Capitalism since the Bolshevik Revolution and “The Great Depression” of the […]