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Japan slips back into recession as Cameron warns of global economic instability

Japan slips back into recession as Cameron warns of global economic instability

It’s been widely reported that despite significant economic action Japan has now slipped back into a state of recession, with the news coming at the same time as David Cameron delivers stark warnings about the stability of the global economy. With the UK just about keeping its own economic growth on track, there will be(…)

US mid-term election results 2014

US mid-term election results 2014

The 2014 US mid-term election results are in and the Republican Party has taken enough seats to wrestle control of the United States Senate from Barack Obama’s Democratic Party. It adds to its existing control of the House Of Representatives, which it also retained, giving the party unanimous power in both of the houses of(…)

Have governments responded too slowly to the Ebola crisis?

Have governments responded too slowly to the Ebola crisis?

In a speech yesterday (15th October 2014), the President of the USA, Barack Obama, made it abundantly clear, if it wasn’t already, that the only sure fire way to stop the further spread of Ebola is to confront it at the source in Western Africa. However, the reality is that western governments have been criticised(…)

UN Climate Summit 2014 petitions and marches

UN Climate Summit 2014 petitions and marches

The inexorable progression of climate change is becoming increasingly difficult to doubt, even for the likes of Jeremy Clarkeson and the heads of oil extraction companies all over the world, which is why meetings of the great and powerful, like the UN’s 2014 Climate Summit, are so important. Taking place in New York this year,(…)

How many elephants are killed each year by poachers?

How many elephants are killed each year by poachers?

A recent study by the Colorado State University has calculated that 33,600 African elephants are killed each year by poachers, which results in population decline in the region of 2-3% throughout the continent. The shocking statistics highlight the difficulty conservationists have in protecting African elephant populations with high financial gain for poachers due to significant(…)

What is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge?

What is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge?

For the majority of westerners, the Israel-Palestine conflict is a little confusing, distant, disturbing and depressing, especially the latest military campaign led by the Israeli forces, Operation Protective Edge. However, for the people on each side of the Israel-Gaza Strip divide, the situation has intensified beyond belief, as the military campaign is the third of(…)

David Cameron’s Sri Lanka visit

David Cameron’s Sri Lanka visit

We don’t often credit politicians, let alone Prime Ministers, because nine times out of ten they’re at best 50% wrong, but in David Cameron’s visit to Sri Lanka and his call for an inquiry into war crimes and attempts to raise awareness for human rights issues there was a surprise move that we can’t help(…)

OPCW Syrian chemical weapons destruction implications

OPCW Syrian chemical weapons destruction implications

There are a few things that we know for sure in relation to the chemical weapons situation in Syria. On the 21st August 2013, rockets containing the nerve gas, Sarin, struck the Ghouta agricultural region just outside Damascus. It’s not 100% clear just how many people died as a result of the attack, but the(…)

UN announces $4.4billion humanitarian aid appeal for Syria

UN announces $4.4billion humanitarian aid appeal for Syria

It might not feel like it, but it’s been more than two years since the sticky spring that is the Syrian Civil War first began. In an attempt to do what they can for the war torn country and it’s displaced people the United Nations have announced a $4.4 billion humanitarian aid appeal, their largesto(…)

DiCaprio backs bid to stop ivory trade

DiCaprio backs bid to stop ivory trade

In a bid to raise international awareness and add to the the weight of pressure on Thailand to instigate a full ban on ivory, Leonardo DiCaprio has backed an international campaign to petition the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. With a 500,000+ petition already handed to the Prime Minister from WWF DiCaprio has put his(…)

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