In Depth
  • A vote less travelled…

    Why I’m thinking about voting for the “new UKIP” in the general elections… Those that know me may read the above and wonder if I have lost my mind. Whether all the stress and worry of everyday life have taken […]

  • End Ebola Now: A Crisis We Cannot Ignore

    Exactly eight months ago today, I was gearing up to teach a technology workshop at Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone, a yearly summit that empowers and inspires young girls in Sierra Leone.  I was excited to show our girls that there […]

  • India: Bootleg Booze, the Subtle Genocide

    It was Mahatma Gandhi’s firmest belief that the prohibition of alcohol would create a society unburdened by addiction, weakness and the sins of clouded judgement. In reality, it has become a death penalty for the country’s poorest and most desperate. […]

  • A Congressional Time Bomb – Obama, Syria and Signing His Own Death Warrant

    News broke this morning that Obama has decided to push back the Congressional vote on Syria, to explore “all avenues of diplomatic resolution.” Thanks to Russia’s get-out-of-jail-free card, which took the form of a promised negotiation with Bashar al-Assad to […]

  • Kids with Guns: The Politics Edition

    For the last few months, the British Labour party have been criticised for failing to offer much in the way of policy. As opposition parties always do, they’ve criticised most of the government’s decisions, claiming that things would be better […]

  • ‘I am Bradley Manning?’ – But Wait, Actually, Are You?

    Bradley Manning poses one of the single largest conundrums that we have had to face this side of the last 40 years. The “I am Bradley Manning” video going around, full of the usual celebrity wannabe activists, is as confusing […]

  • Trayvon Martin – Playing the Race Card

    The reaction to George Zimmerman’s sentencing (or lack thereof) in the Trayvon Martin case is not without precedent. Discussion of Stephen Lawrence’s murder is never very far from earshot, for example. And it was the, widely considered unlawful, shooting of […]

  • Looking for Someone to Blame

    The Great Recession Explained One of the platitudes since the Great Recession unravelled in 2008 has been to blame greedy bankers for the near destruction of Western economies. This arbitrary allocation of culpability implies that if the bankers were punished […]

  • Pirates – Trolling the Cyberverse

      First they’ll steal your music. Then, they’ll slow-roast your children, eat them, and wash them down with a big glass of “#dealwithit.”   Pirates of digital material are dirty rotten scoundrels; rapscallions of the highest order – intent on […]

  • China’s Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Threat to the status quo? China is a scary place Probably not that scary for people in China – unless you are among the hundreds of millions living in abject poverty, or someone on the wrong side of China’s rather […]