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Mairéad McGuinness

European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen has today announced Mairéad McGuiness as her choice for the Irish seat on the Commission vacated by Phil Hogan two weeks ago. Hogan resigned as trade commissioner on August 26th, a week after the disastrous Oireachtas golf society dinner in Clifden. His departure sparked debate on possible replacements from John Bruton and Simon Coveney to Bertie Ahern. However European stalwart McGuiness has emerged as the foremost candidate.

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Malicious Mali - Another Coup D’état Shakes The Nation!

Corruption, election fraud, insecurity, and economic problems have defined the African state of Mali since the reelection of President Ibrahim Keita. On August 18, 2020, a group of military leaders in Mali decided to bring an end to the corrupt government of Keita by staging a coup d'état. On the afternoon of the 18th, soldiers invaded the presidential palace and arrested president Keita and his prime minister Boubou Cissé. They were taken to a military base, and moments later, the president resigned in a national television address. President Keïta was quoted saying, "If today certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?”

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Welcomed with Open Arms, or Arms in Hand? – Mustapha Adib Announced as The New Prime Minister of Lebanon

The recent explosion in Beirut, Lebanon signalled to the world the dire state that the country was in. Ridden with political corruption and vested interests from both Shia and Sunni Muslims, the country was a pressure cooker ready to explode. And that’s exactly what happened in the nation’s capital, after ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive substance was left unattended in a storage facility in the capitals port. An explosion on the 4th of August shook the world and drew attention to the poor condition of the Middle eastern country. With widespread damage to both homes and food supplies, the country was sent into a state of emergency, and mass protests from locals. The government soon resigned. What followed was a wave of support from around the world, most notably from French president Emmanuel Macron who vowed to help rebuild the country. 

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Chinese Foreign Policy in the Era of Xi Jinping

John King Fairbank of Harvard University and founder of modern Chinese studies in the United States has described Classical Chinese foreign policy of consisting of three key tenets: which was demand for regional "dominance", insistence that contiguous states recognize and respect China's inherent "superiority", and willingness to use this dominance and superiority to orchestrate "harmonious coexistence" with its neighbours". Understanding China's historical foreign policy is crucial for understanding Xi's Jinping’s “China dream”, which aims to build a “moderately well-off China” by 2021 which marks the centenary of the CCP and to be “rich and powerful” by 2049 which is the centenary of the PRC.

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Chadwick Boseman

On the 28th of August, the world lost the first-ever black Marvel superhero, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman succumbed to colon cancer, which he battled for four years. He, however, managed to keep the cancer a secret while pushing forward his acting career.

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