The Role of an Etonian Rivalry in Brexit

August 14, 2016

Where does the rivalry between between Cameron and Johnson stem from? Rivalries that begin at Eton tend to last a lifetime. This is certainly true in the case of David Cameron and Boris Johnson. The two Brits first crossed paths at Eton where Johnson was the school star who played sport with...

Brexit Blues Set In After EU Referendum

July 19, 2016

Britain is not the only country in Europe to have a large number of Euroskeptics. Brexit blues have now set in as the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom’s Remain campaign reflect on what caused it to lose the referendum. The campaigns on both the Leave and Remain sides of the argument...

To Brexit or Not to Brexit?

June 16, 2016

On June 23, the United Kingdom will vote on its membership in the European Union. Background When British Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union (EU) in 2013, the possibility of a Brexit was distant and unrealistic. At the...

The World This Week: Arise Mayor Sadiq Khan and Champions Leicester City

May 08, 2016

Sometimes, David beats Goliath and, when that happens, few places celebrate the victory of the underdog the way the UK does. This week, the fifth of eight children of a bus driver and a seamstress who grew up on a council estate and went to a rough school was elected the mayor of London. His...

Why a Brexit Could Sink the EU

March 26, 2016

The UK referendum could have serious but not calamitous economic effects on the nation over the long-term. The bigger worry is that an exit by one country might lead others to follow. On June 23, the British people will vote on a historical referendum on whether they want the United Kingdom to...

The Road to Brexit and What it Would Mean

March 07, 2016

The implications of a Brexit—for the EU as well as the UK—are important and overwhelmingly negative. The battle-lines have been drawn. Having “renegotiated” the terms of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union (EU), Prime Minister David Cameron has called a referendum on...

UK Exit Affects All of European Union

February 24, 2016

Should European citizens vote on the United Kingdom’s new “special status” with the EU? European governments have let a member state of the European Union (EU) cherry-pick the terms of its place in the union, potentially setting an irreversible situation. But should the United Kingdom...

The World This Week: A Troubled Marriage in Europe

February 21, 2016

Cameron negotiates a “special status” in the EU only to face revolt in his own party and a tricky referendum in June. This week, British Prime Minister David Cameron flew to Brussels with much élan to negotiate a deal to reform the European Union (EU). He threatened to take the United...

Has UK Government Declared War on Palestinian Rights Supporters?

February 16, 2016

Like Thatcher with apartheid South Africa, David Cameron’s government has firmly placed itself on the wrong side of history. In the United Kingdom, Palestinian rights activists and organizations supporting Palestinian liberation are under attack. Organizations like Friends of Al Aqsa...

The World This Week: Security Trumps Liberty for Cameron and Sisi

November 07, 2015

The argument that constraining liberty boosts security has been used time and again by governments to accumulate power. Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury was born in 1588, the year the British defeated the Spanish Armada. This was the start of the rise of English global supremacy and the inhabitants...

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