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…

What is Obama’s Legacy?

This week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was about much more then Hilary Clinton officially becoming the party’s nominee, it was about the passing of the torch from Barack Obama to his former secretary of state. It was about celebrating the successes of Obama’s presidency and highlighting his substantial legacy. He will now attempt to safeguard…

Can Tim Kaine win the game for Hillary?

Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro and Cory Booker are some of the high profile names that were touted as being potential Democratic vice presidential nominees, yet it appears that Hillary Clinton has confounded many by selecting Tim Kaine, a little known Senator from Virginia. While this may be perplexing to many at face value, it’s evident…

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…

It’s time America’s two party system goes

If you were to say that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were to be competitive candidates for their respective parties nominations just a year ago, you would probably have been branded crazy. And quite rightly so. For much of American history political parties have not been anywhere as polarised as they currently are. This deterioration…

A Pakistani’s views on Donald Trump

In the past few months, one man has very suddenly risen to political power inside the United States of America. Donald Trump. The billionaire, known for a comical hairstyle, a desire to make ‘America great again’, is a man panned by the entire world except for the United States where he, unfortunately for us Muslims, is…

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…

The dilemma for the Democrats

As things stand, it seems that the Democrats have a strong chance of winning a third successive election in 2016. If polling is what we’re going by, only John Kasich seems to pose a threat to their chances and his distant third in the Republican primary suggests that scenario will probably not arise. Regardless of my…

Trump and Clinton have everything to lose

After the latest round of primaries, it’s becoming increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will become their parties respective nominees. While both still have formidable opponents, they seem set to be on the ballot against each other on November 8th if things continue to play out as they are. When it comes to…

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…

Too little, too late from Donald Trump’s opponents

When Donald Trump put forward his candidacy for the Republican nomination, most pundits wrote it off as a publicity stunt that would end in nothing. When he began to poll strongly they said that it would pass. When it didn’t, they said the problem was the huge field of candidates dividing votes amongst the moderates…

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….