You Can Only See The Trees, but Not the Forest: Is the International Response to North Korea Sufficient? 

Luke O’Connell looks at the Western response to North Korea and how the superpowers use laughter and mockery to cover-up a Western intervention gone horribly wrong.  You can only see the trees, but not the forest. A Korean proverb that applies to the situation there since 1950 and even before that. We often see the […]

Yemen Crisis 2020:  A Plea for Humanity

  Close your eyes and imagine this with me. You’re in the middle of a rather run-down street surrounded by desert. It’s crowded. Those around you are weary, showing signs of malnourishment and starvation. Children with visible ribs and protruding abdomens shuffle past you. Masks, like breathing, have become a luxury. You soon reach a […]

Just Erasmus Things: Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock

  Holly Buckley talks us through the strangeness of arriving home from a year abroad and how to cope with the readjustment. We have all heard of culture shock – that emotional difficulty and stress that comes from moving to a foreign country with different people and different cultures and different everything! It can be […]

Being in Paris

  Mark O’Leary muses on his recent trip to Paris, and whether its significance lies in its location or the feelings it inspires. Since my first visit to the city as an adult, last summer, Paris has occupied an almost sacred space in my self-conception. Travelling alone for the first time, Paris was the only […]

China’s Chequebook Diplomacy

  Ben Ryan, having spent time in Malawi, draws from personal observation and global patterns in Chinese foreign investment to illustrate the diplomatic favour the state is currently inspiring with financial aid. The United States has retired into isolationism from being the world’s most overzealous policeman and now, China has begun to fill the void. […]

Trigger Happy – Gun Culture in Trump’s America

In the aftermath of recent mass shootings in the US, Maeve McTaggart explores why America is still holding onto guns. A painting of George Washington, a Founding Father of the United States, belittled the nation’s 45th President as he delivered a press conference before the portrait on Monday August 5th. “My fellow Americans, this morning, […]