Definition of ‘terrorism’

The definition of terrorism has been numerous and controversial at the same time. This essay will try and define the word ‘terrorism’ more clinically. Firstly, this essay will give background information of ‘terrorism’ and provide a definition which it believes is more clinical. Secondly, this essay will discuss the word ‘calculated’. Thirdly, the phrase ‘violence against non-belligerents’ will be discussed. Fourthly, the phrase ‘change the political, religious or other ideological landscape’ will be evaluated. Fifthly, the actors of the definition ‘individual, group or state’ will be assessed. Sixthly, the reasons for the exclusion of civilian, non-combatant, innocent, victim, illegal & illegitimate will be answered. Finally, a conclusion will be drawn. In each paragraph this essay will evaluate the strength and weakness and support it with relevant examples. Continue reading Definition of ‘terrorism’

British nuclear weapons: Do we really need them?

The interest of nuclear weapons in the UK has been revived due to the rise of Corbyn who does not believe in nuclear weapons, and because of MPs voting to renew trident at a cost of billions which could have been used to fund the NHS, or help the most vulnerable people in our society. Ultimately, the threat of North Korea and other hostile states trying to acquire nuclear weapons has fast streamed the nuclear weapons debate at the front of British political debate. Continue reading British nuclear weapons: Do we really need them?

The Pakistani Puzzle

Pakistan has for year’s maintained international denial when it comes to terrorism, denouncing it every time when the subject of terrorism pops up. However, secretly the Pakistani government has used terrorist groups that are based in Pakistan, in order to reach its strategic goal especially when it comes to Afghanistan. An example of Pakistan using a terrorist group to reach its strategic goal is Afghanistan, where they have been using the Taliban as a proxy against the old enemy, India. However, as Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, a former Pakistani ambassador to China, India and the US, has said “relying on the Taliban to provide leverage is demonstrably stupid”. Continue reading The Pakistani Puzzle

To what extent do nuclear weapons support international peace?

Some argue that nuclear weapons provide deterrence and this keeps states from attacking each other however, others argue that in an ever-increasing hostile world miscalculation can lead to nuclear war thus making the deterrence system useless. Nuclear weapons, some argue, are used for symbols of power which is why it has not been used since Nagasaki and Hiroshima however; others say that the rise of terrorist groups has increased the chances of them gaining their hands on these weapons thus making nuclear weapons dangerous. The theory of ‘balance of power’ has created stability and peace and has brought about nuclear statesmanship showing how nuclear weapons support international peace. But, the recent trend of states making useable nuclear weapons shows how dangerous these weapons can be. On the basis of points this essay raises it concludes that nuclear weapons ultimately supports international peace. Continue reading To what extent do nuclear weapons support international peace?

Decoding Syria and its future

This is a very complex war with many factors playing into this such as the Sunni and Shia divide, Assad, Russia and America, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Hezbollah, ISIS etc. Simply putting blame on one thing is foolish, unless you’re Donald Trump, which is why this war is so complex, and unfortunately, this is the reason why I believe that the Syrian war will continue until the unforeseeable future. Continue reading Decoding Syria and its future

Is feminism still needed?

Women are more likely to face sexual harassment than men and nearly one in three women have faced sexual harassment in work which shows how feminism is still needed. In addition, the “UK wage gap between men and women is 19.1%”[1] which shows how women are working for lower wages for the same job and this shows the discrimination that women still face in the work place. Moreover, misogyny is still ubiquitous and this can be seen in relationships between a man and women especially in developing countries such as Afghanistan or Pakistan. In addition, cat calling from men towards women still shows how on a social level feminism is needed add to this the inequality that exists in government then it is not hard to see why feminism is needed even thou women are free. The objectification of women in sectors such as modelling etc further exemplifies how equality for women still needs improvements. Continue reading Is feminism still needed?