The Extension of Hong Kong Territory took place in 1898 following The Opium Wars, which leased the territory to the British for 99 years. It looked like the sun would never set on the British Empire, however the last bastion of the British Empire finally fell when Hong Kong has handed back to China in 1997. It is often the case, when it comes to former colonial processions, that they are left unstable and plagued with infighting often leading to civil war. Hong Kong is an exception to this trend. Not only was it a powerhouse in terms of trade before it was handed back to China, but it has remained one the main economic hubs in world. When Hong Kong was given back to China, rights including those of freedom of the press and assembly were safe guarded under the new administration.
There’s a term in psychology known as the Martha Mitchell effect. A misdiagnosis of delusion in response to the patient uttering information that couldn’t possibly be true, but that turns out to be quite accurate. It’s when everyone tells you that you are crazy when you’re right the whole time. The real-life Martha Mitchell was a key player in one of the darkest chapters in White House history. A celebrity of the Nixon administration, she ended it kidnapped, beaten and bruised. With the whole world calling her crazy, her story faded. Steve King, the man that inflicted such injuries was later to be rewarded for his service with an appointment by Donald Trump to US Ambassador to the Czech Republic. This is that story.
On 8th July 2019, 22 states signed a United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) statement to call on China to stop its brutal and “horrific treatment of Muslims” in the Xinjiang province. Among 22 signatures, the joint-statement includes signatures from representatives of countries Switzerland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Finland, and so on. A rebuttal to this statement was issued with the support of 37 countries on 12th July 2019. These countries supported China’s claims that Uyghur Muslims were a threat to national security, and that the measures taken were to eradicate terrorism in the country. The pro-China letter applauded China for its “remarkable achievements in the field of human rights”; signatures included UN ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Russia, North Korea, Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Cuba, Sudan, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Why are Muslim nations supporting the torture of Uyghurs, and what really occur inside these “re-education camps”?
The news broke on Thursday evening that Fine Gael TD and Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe had been elected president of the Eurogroup and has become the strongest hand on Europe’s purse strings. A triumph for the new government, for Ireland and for a man with a quiet but competent approach to politics.
With leading educational institutions deciding to hold at least most of their teaching for the coming autumn semester virtually, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had made an adjustment that would not allow international students to reside in the United States with the purpose of study. This rule was derived from an original ICE rule allowing international students on full-time study visas to the US to take only one online course. Although this comes at a time where coming international students are preparing and applying for visas to move to the US to start their studies in the autumn, it affects around 360,000 current international students in the US, being forced either to transfer to schools with the required physical presence or leave the country. Universities have joined their students in objecting to that decision with several of them filing suit objecting to the decision that puts the $45 Billion contributed by international students to the US economy at risk at a time where every penny counts.
Earlier this year tensions in the Kashmir region led to the capture of an Indian Fighter pilot by the Pakistani Military. Due east of that border lies one of India’s borders with China, where tensions are on the rise. But these conflicts are nothing new, and date back to 1947 – the year of India’s decolonization. The lasting effects of colonization are still evident across many issues in the region, ranging from the aforementioned border tensions, to economic inequality. After the second world war, the globe saw a shift towards decolonization. The necessary foundations of democracies legal systems and other necessary functions are evident in the likes of India yet poor planning lead to racial tensions and a lack of economic development that hindered India’s growth until decolonization.