Yemen: A Civil War Forgotten

By Ruaraidh Maciver Editor-in-Chief, History Student  Throughout the last two years, the majority of journalistic pieces emerging from the Middle East have been primarily addressing the continuing conflict in Syria. The seemingly endless and desperate situation facing the country becoming ever more complicated as the world watches on without answer. You could be forgiven then,…

Xi Jinping’s Visit in the Middle East: All for Business?

By Yifan Xia Correspondent, International Relations Undergraduate  Chinese President Xi Jinping, the busiest state leader of the world in terms of diplomatic visits in 2015, started 2016 with a five-day visit to the Middle East in late January, including key countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran. It has been six years since the last…

For the Refugees: “England good, Norway good, Canada good, America good”

By Tom Mcelholm Correspondent, History Undergraduate Student  I stood monitoring the line for clothes distribution in Calais’ Refugee Camp during the emergency week in mid-January. The CRS had announced the impending demolition of a portion of the Kurdish section of the camp. Days after journalists left they would enter the camp in APCs, teargas it…

Syria: The Global Conflict

By Ruaraidh Maciver Middle East/Africa Editor, History Undergraduate Student The Islamic State has existed as an independent group for almost two years now, and is currently fighting several different factions within Syria and Iraq. These include the Iraqi army and its’ associated militias, the Kurdish nationalists YPG, the Syrian rebels, the Syrian army, and is…

We are Better than Blaming Refugees

A solution to this crisis will not be easy and results will not be obvious but blaming refugees from the Middle East will gain us nothing.

Dubai: Back to Its Lofty Heights?

By: Natasha Franks In 2007, the Dubai property market was booming like no other. At auctions in the city, houses were sold within seconds of the launch, and the same flat sold again at a 10-15% profit a few minutes later. The hype was like nothing before. A huge influx of foreign direct investment and the…