Politics

Daily Visual 04.02.16: Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed

Daily Visual 04.02.16: Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed

At a ceremony in Auckland on Thursday, twelve countries of the Pacific Rim – the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Brunei – signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest multinational trade deals ever negotiated. Together these twelve signatories make up 40% of the world’s economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership aims to cut…

Daily Visual 04.12.15: The Law of 14 Frimaire

On this day on 4 December 1793, during the French Revolution, the Law of 14 Frimaire was passed, consolidating power in the hands of Maximilien Robespierre’s Committee of Public Safety. By the spring of 1793, the French Republic was beset by war, internal rebellion, and political division. The Revolutionary Wars had commenced in earnest in April 1792, when France declared war against…

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 The Althing, Iceland’s parliament, repealed Article 125 of the General Penal Code, which prohibited anyone ‘mocking or insulting the dogmas or worship of a lawfully existing religious community’.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 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 08.06.15: Turkey’s Election Results

The Turkish general election of 2015 took place yesterday. In what many outside Turkey have viewed as a surprising result, the ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) took only 40.9% of the vote; leaving them still the largest party in the Grand National Assembly, Turkey’s unicameral legislature, but representing a drop of nearly 9% upon their taking…

Daily Visual 04.06.15: Tiananmen Square Remembered

Today marked the twenty-sixth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. On this day in 1989, after weeks of student-led demonstrations – calling for democratic reform, greater political transparency, an end to press censorship and restrictions on the right to protest, and increased funding for education – the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army, opened fire on unarmed civilians in Beijing….