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Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 4

Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 4

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
Written by: Riaz Quadir Paris, France Photo courtesy: Shutterstock Brexit now has top billing in the gladiator’s arena with a global audience sitting on the edge of their seats with bated breath as to what is going to happen next. Looks more like death-by-a-thousand-cuts than one with a single coup de grâce. Historians will be debating (mostly, cluelessly) for generations to come, asking how they ever got here in the first place. Well, historians will have a lot of time to do that I’m sure, but for those of us who are perplexed by the rather singular behaviour of the Britons, here are a few thoughts… The unshakeable belief of an Englishman in his own superiority is probably at the root of this looming tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. By the time this nation had reached the
Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 2

Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 2

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
  Written By : Riaz Quadir Paris, France Humanity for the large part has been playing ostrich regarding climate change and the impending chaos it entails, perhaps even extinction of life on Earth. However, because there is no defined timeline for these projected calamities, one can stay with one’s head buried in the sands interminably. Brexit however, is a totally different matter. For Britain the world ends in March 2019. Panic is gripping Britain tighter and tighter as the days go by. The country is gradually waking up to the idea that the promises made by the leavers were fake, and even the few leaders who may have been honestly deluded hadn’t thought it through or didn’t have enough information and details to know what Brexit would actually entail. The Scottish First Min
Say ‘Yes’ to Abortion, Ireland!

Say ‘Yes’ to Abortion, Ireland!

Current Affairs, Politics & Social, Popular
  Written By : Deboshruti Roychowdhury Haryana, India Dean of Students, Ashoka University Illustration: Sagar Mondal ‘If you don't trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?’ - Unknown The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6% just a month back. A referendum held in May resulted in a landslide win for the repeal side. Previously, abortion in Ireland was only allowed when a woman's life was at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. But why was abortion such a big issue for the Catholic Ireland which had voted on abortion five times since 1983, until the May 2018 one? Catholicism has still been the biggest religion in Ireland in spite of falling mass attendance and ab
Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

Current Affairs, Economics
  By Jill Lawless, Associated Press Image Source >> AP NewsRoom DUBLIN (AP) — In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: "Her choice: vote yes." Anti-abortion placards warn against a "license to kill." Online, the argument is just as charged — and more shadowy, as unregulated ads of uncertain origin battle to sway voters before Friday's referendum, which could give Irish women the right to end their pregnancies for the first time. The highly charged campaign took a twist this month when Facebook and Google moved to restrict or remove ads relating to the abortion vote. It is the latest response to global concern about social media's role in i

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