Exemption Excess: The EU’s Inaction to Secure its Freshwater Bodies’ Health

European Commission President Jean‐Claude Juncker loosens the exemption restrictions of the WFD, polluting the European Union’s water. In her seminal 2014 book Adventures in the Anthropocene, Gaia Vince guides readers through humanity’s conquest of the natural world. In her discussion of rivers, Vince remarks, “freshwater is so essential to humans that you can map society on it.” From the Indus River Valley and the start of civilization to now, we have relied on rivers for our survival; in fact, all of Europe’s capital cities are connected to a body of water of some kind. Rivers and lakes not only provide us with water to drink, but flora and fauna for us to consume. It’s startling, when we

Leader Spotlight: Mahathir bin Mohamad

Name: Mahathir bin Mohamad Country: Malaysia Title: Prime Minister Party: Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) Ideology: Progressivism, social liberalism, constitutionalism (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Background: The youngest of nine children, Mahathir bin Mohamad was born in 1925 in Alor Setar, British Malaya. As a child, Mahathir excelled in primary school. After finishing his secondary school education, Mahathir studied medicine in Singapore at King Edward VII College of Medicine (now part of the National University of Singapore). After graduating, Mahathir briefly served as a government doctor before establishing his own medical practice. Having been active within politics since his

Watchlist: Forecasting Elections in Malawi, India, and Ukraine

Week of April 8th, 2019 Africa Malawi President Peter Mutharika Launches Re-Election Campaign This past Sunday, President Peter Mutharika of Malawi's Democratic Progressive Party announced his re-election campaign. The nation will hold presidential elections next month wherein the 78 year old Mutharika will run in hopes of maintaining his current position, which he has held since 2014. During his time in power, Mutharika has faced a steady stream of allegations of corruption and nepotism, including using government contracts for his own personal and financial gain. The President has dismissed these accusations as being "fake news". Other important factors which face Mutharika and his campaig

Should the UFC "Tap Out" of the Russian Market?

Originally Published in April 2019 Journal, A New Normal, page 24 cont. page 39 Russian President Vladimir Putin with UFC Fighter Conor McGregor– Wikimedia Commons When the Soviet Union, a pseudo-federation of ethno-territorial republics tied together by a shared political economy, collapsed, it left in its wake a breeding ground for nationalist movements and, more importantly for the international community, a new economic market. After long years of negotiations, The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has finally breached the Russian market, having hosted its first Fight Night in 2018 with future events planned for 2019. While the Russian Federation consistently provides a large pool of

How India Could Lose Kashmir

Originally published in April 2019 journal, A New Normal, page 19 cont. page 38 When Padmaavat was released in January 2018, it was primed to succeed. The movie stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, whose wedding in December arguably upstaged Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ wedding, and boasted one of the largest production budgets in Bollywood history. The movie, and the cultural context behind it, is key to understanding India’s conflict with Kashmir. However, Padmaavat was banned in several countries. Padmaavat is the retelling of a Muslim king’s obsession with a Hindu king’s wife in medieval India, and while compellingly written, it is not rooted in any verifiable history. It portra

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