Tag: Independence


Prioritising you during Freshers

Freshers’ week is certainly a momentous time in every student’s life. It marks the transition from the comfort of home, to a world of new opportunities and independence. One thing  however, that is bound to accompany this change, is stress. Whilst trying to fit-in to your new setting, it can be easy to fall into…


Pilot captured in India-Pakistan dogfight

On Wednesday 27 February, Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s plane was shot down during a dogfight over Pakistani-Administered Kashmir, the first publicly-acknowledged cross-border aerial conflict since 1971. The incident is the third in a recent escalation of attacks. Two weeks ago, Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the killing of 40 Indian paramilitaries in…


Catalonia declares independence

After years of public demonstrations demanding Catalan independence, political opposition, and finishing with the violent reaction of the Spanish national police, the Catalan parliament voted for a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain. The vote followed a referendum at the start of the month in which, despite being declared as illegal and anti-constitutional by the…


Examined: Kurdish independence in Iraq

In a controversial referendum, 92 percent of voters in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq chose independence, angering neighbouring countries and the federal Iraqi government. In July 2014, with the Islamic State expanding, Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani announced plans to hold an independence referendum without approval from the Iraqi parliament. Negotiations between…


Spain: Catalonia chaos

The push for Catalonian independence has been gaining momentum in recent years, and the region finally held a referendum of secession on 1 October, in defiance of the Spanish Supreme Court. Catalan president Carles Puidgemont reported that out of the 2.3 million votes cast, 90 percent had backed independence. While he claims that this gives…


“The independence of Catalonia should be supported by any defender of democracy”

The Catalan government’s process towards the right to self-determination has become one of the biggest issues in the Spanish political field. The massive amount of support amongst the Catalan citizens for self-determination, which obtained an overall majority in the last parliamentary elections and which has led millions of people to march on the streets every…


Long live Team GB

In the build-up to the Scottish Independence Referendum, I found myself torn. Despite wanting the Yes campaign to succeed in peacefully attaining self-determination, when suchaprizeoftencomeswiththecostofblood, I was concerned by the uncertain future such a result would bring and the implications for my own identity that a dissolved union would have. But one of the biggest…

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Militant Moments

Scotland. Oh Dear. Where to start? There was such promise offered by the referendum – the chance for a new nation to blaze a trail and radically deviate from the Westminster status quo. Perhaps it is optimistic, but an independent Scotland could have been a positive example for the rest of the UK – as…

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