Aitor Jiménez Gonzáles | The Catalan conflict: a partisan perspective

“The Spanish dictator Franco died more than forty years ago, in 1975, but his political legacy – a centralist government in a de facto multinational country, has emerged as a major problem in present days.Today, millions of citizens are marching in the streets of Catalonia calling not for more autonomy, as they did only ten … Continue reading Aitor Jiménez Gonzáles | The Catalan conflict: a partisan perspective

Mark Boyd|New Zealand election debates better quality this year as close election looms

New Zealand has a long history of televised debates between political party leaders during election campaigns, stretching back more than four decades.  That has continued up to the present, with a raft of debates this year between both major and minor party leaders on television, and lesser figures, thanks to online coverage. The first such … Continue reading Mark Boyd|New Zealand election debates better quality this year as close election looms

Josh Van Veen | Labour must win back the working class

Three years ago, David Cunliffe led the New Zealand Labour Party to its worst electoral defeat in recent history. Labour received barely a quarter of the vote. NZ Herald journalist Claire Trevett described the 2014 result as ‘rock bottom’– suggesting it could not get any worse. But seven-and-a-half-weeks out from election day 2017, things are … Continue reading Josh Van Veen | Labour must win back the working class

Julie MacArthur | Forget Trump, NZ must up its own climate change game

President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement last week does not spell the end of the climate accord by any means, but it is significant. Unlike 2001 when the US failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the global community is now far more unified on climate action. Countries … Continue reading Julie MacArthur | Forget Trump, NZ must up its own climate change game

Ido Yahel | Qatar and the Quest for Supremacy in the Sunni World

The Sunni world was set into turmoil when, on June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya announced that they are severing their diplomatic ties with Qatar, because of its alleged support of terrorism and its interference in their internal affairs. Apart from the severance of diplomatic relations, the six … Continue reading Ido Yahel | Qatar and the Quest for Supremacy in the Sunni World