From the Editor: April 2016

image:  “Spice Girls in Toronto” by Eric Mutrie by the Editor, Kestell Duxbury We must begin this month’s edition by extending our deepest regret to inform you that Daesh are still blowing innocent civilians up. The people of Lahore, Istanbul, Brussels, Iskanderia, Maiduguri, Peshawar, Ankara and Grand Bassam are in our thoughts, despite the mostly being overlooked by the western media outlets. We must also inform you that … Continue reading From the Editor: April 2016

Is the UK’s £35,000 Earnings Threshold for Non-EU Migrants the Panacea to its immigration problem?

by Hari Raithatha As of April 2016, there have been significant changes  to UK Immigration Law. In order to satisfy the requirements for a Tier 2 (General) Visa, individuals from Non-EU countries wishing to settle in the UK are required to earn above £35,000 PA. While the law has been caveated to ensure that certain professions (such as nursing) do not have to comply with … Continue reading Is the UK’s £35,000 Earnings Threshold for Non-EU Migrants the Panacea to its immigration problem?

The Trump Effect: A Point of No Return?

image:  “the silent majority stands with Trump” by Jamelle Bouie by Arturo Mendoza In the last few months, the world has shockingly observed the rise of radicalism and the spread of ill-advised ideas in the United States of America. This is a wave of hate and xenophobia that threatens to destroy everything on its way. Through caucuses and primaries, Republicans have enhanced the standing of ‘Trumpism’ … Continue reading The Trump Effect: A Point of No Return?

IUU: The Fish We Must Catch

by Kieran Shaw-Flach As you take a mouthful into the delicious piece of cod gently steaming on your plate, your taste buds come alive. Fish, as we are frequently reminded is good for you, it’s full of those omega 3 things the health food people tell us are good for our heart. When we think of fishing we think of brave fishermen, clambering over slippery … Continue reading IUU: The Fish We Must Catch

Political change, is there victory in failure?

image used with kind permission from Leyla Williams by Jack Layton On 25th January 2016, 150 students from University College London declared that they were going on rent strike. It was a bold statement of direct action sending a clear message to UCL management that the current state of student housing was not acceptable. The accommodation was too expensive and in poor condition. It was … Continue reading Political change, is there victory in failure?

Negative Interest Rate Policy – a dilemma for Japan

image:  “Japanese Yen” by japanexpertna.se by Yu Hsuan Policy makers of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) had a heated debate over the Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP) during it policy meeting in the mid March. The unprecedented policy implemented by Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the BOJ, in the end of January is aimed to achieve its 2% inflation target thus help the country out of economic … Continue reading Negative Interest Rate Policy – a dilemma for Japan

Humanity strikes back

by Baris Celik It has been five years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, but the atrocity has come to a point that only the last two years’ mortality figures are enough to since April 2014. This figure rises to even 300,000 when the calculation includes the timeline from the beginning of the conflict. The ‘international community’ is working day and night to … Continue reading Humanity strikes back