Politics Put Simply

US Reimposition of Sanctions on Iran, Put Simply

US Reimposition of Sanctions on Iran, Put Simply

“With effect from 04:01 GMT on 7th August, measures are to be put into place which target transactions related to the Iranian rial, activities related to Iran’s issuance of sovereign debt as well as other key industries- including its gold trade, and raw materials used in industrial processes.” Charlotte explains the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, and the reimposition of sanctions.


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Zimbabwe Election, Put Simply

Zimbabwe Election, Put Simply

For the first time in 16 years, the European Union, Commonwealth and U.S. were allowed to monitor the campaigning and voting. Observers from the EU claim that “a truly level playing field was not achieved,” and pointed to the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation... all in favor of the ruling party." Sophia explains the implications of the election in Zimbabwe.


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What happens when MPs get into trouble with the law, Put Simply

What happens when MPs get into trouble with the law, Put Simply

“But what usually happens when a Member of Parliament breaks the law? To answer this, it’s worth looking at previous examples of this and the consequences that followed.” Matthew explores what happens when MP’s get in trouble with the law.


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The Summer Recess, Put Simply

The Summer Recess, Put Simply

“Many MPs will use this time to focus on serving their constituencies, meeting local residents and weighing in on local issues. If there is a hospital that needs saving or a pothole that needs filling in your area, now might be a good time to contact your MP about it.” Sam Jacobsen explains Parliament’s summer recess.


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Cameroon's Colonial Past, Put Simply

Cameroon's Colonial Past, Put Simply

“Although Cameroon has been independent from direct rule since 1960, a large majority of the country’s current issues can be traced back to their experience under the British and French.” Neri explores the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon.


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Elections in Mexico, Put Simply

Elections in Mexico, Put Simply

Following elections on July 1, 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador became the new president of Mexico, set to serve a six-year term. Many are now wondering what the left-leaning populist will achieve in a nation with a history of corruption, violence, and slowing economic growth…


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The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, Put Simply

The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, Put Simply

“When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation from the US supreme court at the end of June, the Republican administration was presented with a rare opportunity to influence America’s highest federal court for decades to come.” John Cooper explores the implications of Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court.


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Votes of no confidence, Put Simply

Votes of no confidence, Put Simply

“Votes of no confidence are rare. When they fail, it weakens the rebels’ position, and even when they are successful, the consequences are not always clear.” Sam Jacobsen explores the complexities of votes of no confidence in the current political climate.


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Cannabis Legislation in the UK, Put Simply

Cannabis Legislation in the UK, Put Simply

Will the United Kingdom become the next in a string of countries to take the plunge and decriminalise cannabis? That is the question on many lips as the debate about the much-maligned plant returns to the limelight in Britain. 


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Deselections, Put Simply

Deselections, Put Simply

Since 2015, calls for deselections have become louder across the political spectrum. Many hard left Labour activists are now seeking to deselect some of the moderate Labour MPs who’ve criticised Jeremy Corbyn, while some Eurosceptic Conservative Party members are aiming to deselect the pro-EU Conservative MPs who they believe are trying to disrupt the Brexit process…


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The Government Digital Transformation Strategy, Put Simply

The Government Digital Transformation Strategy, Put Simply

Since 2011 the UK government has pledged to become more “digital”. Under the administration of David Cameron, the Government Digital Service (GDS) was set up in hopes that government could realise the potential of digital technology and bring better, more responsive services to the British public. However, seven years is a long, long time in politics and developments have somewhat stifled and frustrated this digitisation process…


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The Brexit Briefing: Fudge, Champagne and Pasties

The Brexit Briefing: Fudge, Champagne and Pasties

“Fudging key pieces of legislation – such as the so-called ‘backstop’ on the Irish border - and avoiding other areas (including the EU’s concerns about champagne and Cornish pasties!), the government can tick-off another week on their Brexit calendar as we count down to the UK’s exit in March 2019.” Joseph Perry summarises the last two weeks of Brexit events.


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US withdrawal from UNHRC, Put Simply

US withdrawal from UNHRC, Put Simply

“The United States’ rejection of multilateralism came to a flashpoint on Tuesday when Washington announced that it would withdraw from the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, labelling it a “cesspool of political bias”.” Will Fawcett explores the reasons behind the US withdrawal from the UNHRC.


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Airstrikes against Syria, Put Simply

Airstrikes against Syria, Put Simply

"Thus, while the Air Strikes may have been successful in terms of effectively voicing condemnation towards the use of chemical weapons, the true impact of the military action will only be defined by the future developments that occur within Syria…." Marykate delves into the recent airstrikes in Syria. 


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Labour’s anti-Semitism row, Put Simply

Labour’s anti-Semitism row, Put Simply

"Jeremy Corbyn, who otherwise seeks to cultivate an image of inclusivity and equality, must move quickly to retain his moral and political authority." Megan delves into the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. 


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President Xi Jinping's power grab, Put Simply

President Xi Jinping's power grab, Put Simply

Will a limitless term enable President Xi Jinping to "strengthen and improve China's leadership"? And how troubled should the rest of the world be by the rise of this seemingly invincible leader? Oli Ratcliffe explores Xi Jinping's recent power grab.


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Trump's Inner Circle, Put Simply

Trump's Inner Circle, Put Simply

"President Trump’s unexpected dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson completes a set of traumatic weeks for the infamous inner circle working within the White House." Read more about who's in and who's out here. 


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