News & Politics

Daily Visual 14.09.15: Temporary Border Controls in Schengen

Following the example set by Germany on Sunday afternoon, on Monday other EU states imposed temporary border measures in response to the number of refugees moving across Europe seeking asylum. Most first cross the Mediterranean Sea or southeast Europe, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stating earlier this month that 71% originate from Syria, Afghanistan, and Eritrea, the sites…

Daily Visual 12.09.15: Jeremy Corbyn Elected Labour Leader

On Saturday Jeremy Corbyn was elected the new leader of the Labour Party. The election was triggered on the morning of 8 May, hours after the close of the 2015 general election, when a defeated Ed Miliband – who had seen his party lose 26 seats on their result from 2010, taking a total of 232 seats to the Conservatives’ decisive 330 –…

Daily Visual 06.08.15: Remembering Hiroshima

On this day in 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. This was the first use of a nuclear weapon in the history of war; followed only by the bombing of Nagasaki three days later. World War II had effectively come to a close in Europe on 8 May, with the surrender of Nazi Germany….

Daily Visual 15.07.15: Kenyan Athletes Walk for Peace

Today some of Kenya’s greatest distance runners – organised and led by 2010 Commonwealth marathon gold medalist John Kelai, and scheduled to include former marathon world record holders Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, Paul Tergat, and Tegla Loroupe; twice Olympic steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi; Irene Jerotich, Alex Kipchirchir, Douglas Wakiihuri, and Andrew Lesuuda; and as an exception to the rule, the Ugandan 2012…

Daily Visual 08.07.15: UK Summer Budget 2015

Today George Osborne delivered the first fully Conservative budget since 1996. With the Liberal Democrats and coalition government a distant memory following May’s decisive general election results, Osborne’s budget was a crafty, ambitious, and skillful political statement, in which he slowed the pace of austerity, and showed a distinct taste for Labour Party blood. The budget’s headline announcement was saved until…

Daily Visual 03.07.15: Iceland Legalises Blasphemy

Yesterday Iceland abolished its law against blasphemy, following a campaign by the country’s Pirate Party (Píratar) launched in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack. The Althing, Iceland’s parliament, repealed Article 125 of the General Penal Code, which prohibited anyone ‘mocking or insulting the dogmas or worship of a lawfully existing religious community’. The Pirate Party holds three of sixty-three seats in the…

Daily Visual 02.07.15: A U.S. Political History Roundup

2 July marks one of the most pivotal days in American and world history: a day of crucial occurrences with regard to the independence of the United States, the onset of the Cold War, and the establishment of civil rights. * * * The Second Continental Congress – following on from the first, which had met between 5 September and 26…

Daily Visual 26.06.15: Same-Sex Marriage Legal Across U.S.

On Friday, same-sex marriage became a legal right throughout the United States. The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that bans on same-sex marriage – which persisted in thirteen states – were contrary to the Constitution, specifically the Fourteenth Amendment which concerns citizenship and the right to equal protection under the law. The case before the Supreme Court was Obergefell v. Hodges….

Daily Visual 18.06.15: Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical

Today Pope Francis issued his eagerly awaited encyclical on the issue of the environment, ‘Laudato Si’ (Be Praised), On Care for Our Common Home’. Its opening passages read: ‘1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with…