My Top Ten: US First Ladies | Sarah Stook

Since George Washington ascended the office of President in 1789, the office of First Lady has also existed, with Martha Washington being the first to take up the mantle. For over two hundred years, these women have been constant residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Though they are usually wives, daughters, sisters and friends of bachelors […]

The Legacy of Sexual Assault in Warzones | Sarah Stook

Part 1 in A World in Crisis. Warning that this article contains brief descriptions of the aftermath of violent rape. In December 2013, war erupted in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan. A country only aged two at the start of the conflict, government instability led to the crisis that is still raging today. Ethnic […]

How The Democrats Were Lost │Sarah Stook

The 2016 US Presidential Election, the 58th of its kind was nothing short of exciting. With a colourful array of candidates, quick quips, harsh insults and insane policy being thrown around, even those disinterested in politics found it to be an exciting election cycle. The candidates themselves were what made it. Even minor candidates such […]

A Historical Analysis of the Republican Party

From the party dedicated to the freedom of the enslaved, to the one who is a staple of Western right-wing politics, the Republican Party’s history is as rich and fascinating as their current state. With the Republicans controlling the White House, Congress and Governorships, as well as having a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, […]

Review: House of Cards Season 5 (Spoiler Free)

SPOILER FREE FOR SEASON 5 ONLY, ALL OTHER SEASONS DISCUSSED Rating: 9/10 Netflix Original House of Cards returned to our screens today for a fifth outing. Starring American Beauty’s Kevin Spacey and Forrest Gump’s Robin Wright, the US political drama has been the jewel on Netflix’s crown since its 2013 debut. For our political savvy […]

The Case for Abortion Rights

In a recently unearthed interview, Tim Farron came out against abortion. The leader of the Liberal Democrats said that abortion was ‘wrong at any time’ and was ‘too widely available,’ in a discussion with fellow men of faith at the Salvation Army. Considering his recent controversy on homosexuality, as well as the party he is […]

Reflections on VE Day

‘Yesterday morning at 2:41 a.m. at Headquarters, General Jodl, the representative of the German High Command, and Grand Admiral Doenitz, the designated head of the German State, signed the act of unconditional surrender of all German Land, sea, and air forces in Europe to the Allied Expeditionary Force, and simultaneously to the Soviet High Command.’ […]

On Armchair Psychiatrists | Sarah Stook

‘He’s dangerous-he’s clearly mentally ill! He’s got some kind of narcissistic disorder, or delusional behaviour. A man like that cannot be in the White House!” Sigh Even before Donald Trump took his inaugural oath, the armchair psychiatrists were out in force to create an explanation for the wild ways of the Republican. Whether it was […]

No Time For Complacency | Sarah Stook

It’s time. Just a little under a year after Britain flocked to the polls to vote in a once in a generation referendum (take note, Ms. Sturgeon), they will be returning again for another general election. It came, to put it lightly, as a bit of a surprise. Even as Theresa May stepped up outside […]

First Female President: Who’s It Going to Be?

2016 could have been a historical year for shattering what some dub to be ‘the glass ceiling.’ On November 8th, millions queued up to vote in one of the most fascinating and divisive elections ever. One such candidate was Hillary Rodham Clinton. A veteran politician, her rallying cry of ‘I’m With Her’ emphasised the role […]