Who was most responsible for starting the Cold War?

Download PDF The Cold War was an ideological and political struggle between the United States of America and the Soviet Union that lasted for the bulk of the 20th century following World War II.  From being allies of necessity in that conflict against the axis powers of Nazi Germany and Japan, both emerged as paranoid and opposing superpowers in a world that was weary of war but also open to influence and persuasion in a way that it had never been before.  This essay will — Read more →

Scottish Cabinet visit to Aberdeen

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her cabinet of the Scottish Government visited Aberdeen last night to take part in a public meeting with citizens to answer some questions from the public as to what the Scottish Government is doing to address their concerns.  Questions ranged from local issues, such as the controversial Marischal Square development project, to international issues, such as the current fall in the oil price and the upcoming TTIP legislation.  All-in-all it appears that this exercise of democracy was well received by — Read more →

My Video Game Slump

Do you ever get the feeling at some point where you slowly realise that something or someone that you used to have great fun with, spend a lot of time with and really care about doesn’t actually do all of those things any more.  It’s not necessarily an overnight thing, and there’s not necessarily a reason for it, but it’s definitely not the same.  As melodramatic as it may seem, that’s how I’ve felt about video games for the last few months.  The thing is — Read more →

Cashing in on football’s heart

Long ago football was the sport of the common people and the working class.  It was common people and the working class that would fill the terraces to watch games on a Saturday afternoon and long ago even the players were just normal people playing the game they loved at a high level. Today, Sky and BT secured the rights to screen Barclays Premier League matches here in the UK between the 2016/17 and 2018/19 seasons.  The incredible news, though, is that the total cost — Read more →

Ideology and US Foreign Policy

Download PDF To what extent does ideology — as outlined and discussed by Hunt — influence contemporary US foreign policy? You may give examples from “Constructive Engagement in South Africa”. Hunt examines at great lengths in his book “Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy” the way in which the United States’ relatively brief but extraordinarily well-documented history in the field of political theory remains a key factor in contemporary decision making when it comes to foreign policy.  These historical influences are often based off of the — Read more →