From the Editor – June 2016

by the Editor, Kestell Duxbury Welcome to the British summer! We have been experiencing great weather so barbecue and pub beer gardens everywhere have been full to the rafters. The British Isles has been on the edge of its seat with the revelations that the Tories may have been committing electoral fraud at the 2015 general election. In addition, the EU referendum is tearing the Tories … Continue reading From the Editor – June 2016

The ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Germany. Part III – The Rise of Populism.

image: “Spazieren in Wien“ (Walking in Vienna) by Michael Gubi   by Max Schwind In the previous issue of The Priori, I have continued my series on the refugee crisis in Germany and Europe with a detailed report on the complex integration process of former refugees into German society based on my own experiences as a refugee relief volunteer. It was a true pleasure to describe the … Continue reading The ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Germany. Part III – The Rise of Populism.

Terrorism and politics: The instrumentalization of violence

image: “Arnaldo Otegi” by Sinn Féin  by Angela Muñoz Aroca The concept of terrorism has evolved throughout the years, getting a whole new amplitude for the Western countries since the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States the 9/11, becoming a transnational disease to be defeated by all countries together. Nevertheless, the traditional meaning of this concept has not disappeared from the historical memory and … Continue reading Terrorism and politics: The instrumentalization of violence

Anticorruption: A Political Facade

by Arturo Mendoza In politics as in international relations, it’s important to understand the messages that lie behind the smiling faces and shaking hands that we watch through the telly. It’s not easy to admit, dear reader, that these images tend to distort reality. In this regard, the UK Anticorruption Summit and the impeachment procedures that obliged Dilma Rousseff to leave the presidential palace in Brazil … Continue reading Anticorruption: A Political Facade

Living in a visual culture

by Jack Layton In September of last year Instagram passed its 400 million user mark[i], racing past twitter for daily users. Whilst within Twitter, it’s well known that tweets with videos or embedded photos do far better than those that are singularly text based. The way we communicate is becoming more visual. This can be seen in any number of trends from the social media … Continue reading Living in a visual culture

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] – Is the right to Privacy Sacrosanct?

image: Hudak by Hari Raithatha On 19th May 2016 the Supreme Court handed down its judgement on the case of PJS v News Group Newspapers; the so-called “Celebrity Threesome injunction” case. A brief summary of the progression of the case is set out below. PJS a well known individual in the entertainment industry engaged in extra-marital sex with AB and his partner CD In … Continue reading PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] – Is the right to Privacy Sacrosanct?

Tales from the ‘Schengenland’

image: “Schengen” by Attila Németh by Baris Celik The very idea and the reality of an entity such as the European Union made many people to conjure that ‘borders are becoming less significant between EU member states’ –Chris Rumford (2006). Rethinking European Spaces: Territory, Borders, Governance, Comparative European Politics 2006(4), p. 131. Indeed, the igniters of the European project – the likes of Jean Monnet and Robet Schuman … Continue reading Tales from the ‘Schengenland’

Who’s fault is the ‘democratic deficit’?

image:  “Buckingham Palace” by Edwin Lee, EU flag overlay added by The Priori by Kestell Duxbury So by the next issue, we will know if Britain will remain or will leave the European Union. How exciting! May’s edition focused mainly on the arguments surrounding the Brexit debate, so June will try and move past this. However, anyone in the UK who even thinks of turning on the … Continue reading Who’s fault is the ‘democratic deficit’?