2016 – A bad year for progress

To say 2016 was a bad year for progress is an understatement. A right-wing populist surge continues to sweep the Western world, bloody conflict rages on in the Middle-East, and with it comes an outpouring of refugees in unprecedented numbers. The left and the principles of liberalism as a whole have taken a beating, and…

Young people and democracy: a troubled relationship?

If you’re 16 in the UK, you can drop out of school, get a job, pay taxes, and even join the army. Yet, in spite of all of this, you cannot vote. Governments with the ability to send people to war, change the rate of tax and change the laws to which we are all…

Is it already over for Donald Trump?

The US presidential election is over 11 weeks away, and yet polling and historical preference seem to suggest Donald Trump may have already lost. As the Trump campaign flounders, it appears that Hilary Clinton is building an uncatchable lead in the polls. Trump currently trails in all 11 of the states identified by POLITICO as Electoral…

Editorial: The EU Referendum

Here at Pertinent Problems, we strive to promote free and open debate, and inquiry at the very highest of levels on the global issues that matter. In an EU referendum campaign that has been too close to call, we think it would be helpful to those seeking to gain an understanding of the debate to present…

Is the ‘Bern’ waning?

Hillary Clinton’s most recent victories in the Democratic primaries have left most analysts resigning Bernie Sanders to an inevitable defeat to the former New York senator for the Democratic nomination. While he plans to run his campaign all the way til the Democratic convention in July, his decision to lay off hundreds of his campaign…

Let’s be frank: we’re staying in the EU

Barack Obama’s recent comments that it could take 10 years for the UK to sign a trade deal with the USA should they leave the EU,  has resigned me to something I’ve been trying to deny for a while. Regardless of the merit of the arguments on either side, it is ultimately the fear factor…

The FBI hasn’t made Apple crumble (yet)

Four days ago (28/03) the Department of Justice dropped the case between Apple and the FBI, Apple had finally won the battle against the FBI in what had been one of the most heated debates in technology for a long time, or had they? The FBI announced that they had successfully, most likely with the…

How should we respond to the Brussels attacks?

The horrific attacks at a Brussels Metro station and airport, just five months after the atrocities in Paris in November has once again thrown the problems of radicalisation among young Muslims and questions over European border controls, (in particular the Schengen agreement) into the limelight. Despite revisions to the agreement expected to be announced as…

Style, not substance, is the new politics

From Jeremy Corbyn on the left to Donald Trump on the right, from Bernie Sanders in America to Pablo Iglesias in Spain and Marine Le Pen in France, outsider candidates continue to make waves across the western world. And while these politicians are certainly proposing radical (if not always new) ideas, their different policies only…

Why Apple has to stand up to the FBI

“The only way we know is to write a piece of software that we view as the software equivalent of cancer.” Apple’s Tim Cook in an interview with ABC News. The ongoing debate of whether Apple should help the FBI in accessing the phone of one of the San Bernardino killers has sparked global debate….

Should the UK renew Trident?

“If the third World War is fought with nuclear weapons, the fourth will be fought with bows and arrows.”    The decision of whether or not to renew Trident, Britain’s sea-based nuclear deterrent, threatens to tear apart an already deeply divided Labour party. It is an issue that puts Jeremy Corbyn, a long time believer in…

Renewables are the future

As long as nations are dependent upon other nations to provide energy, their energy security will always be under threat. Only through using renewables can nations ensure their own energy security. Energy security can be defined as the association between national security, and the availability of natural resources for energy consumption. Energy security is not…