Author Archives | Sophie O'Donoghue

Investors unhappy at Dilma Rouseff’s re-election

On Monday 27 October, Brazil’s shares and currency fell drastically. The reason for this was the re-election of President Dilma Rouseff. The election proved to be the closest Brazil has seen for decades, with Rouseff only beating her opponent Aécio Neves by 3.3 percent of the vote. In her victory speech, Rouseff recognised the need […]

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Are the U.S.-Iran relations finally thawing?

Since 1979, relations between Iran and the US have been practically non-existent. Following the 1979 Revolution, all types of partnerships collapsed leading to Iran being one of the most ostracised countries in the international arena. However a combination of factors could now create the opportunity to end the four decade long feud. Preceding the Revolution, Iran and the […]

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The social and political ramifications of the Brazilian World Cup

In the months preceding the Brazilian World Cup, our television screens were plastered with images of protests, riots and burnt out cars on the streets of Rio De Janerio, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte. The cause of the violence was attributed to social discontent with protesters captured carrying banners with potentially threatening messages such as […]

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Gaza Conflict – The Realities of the Warzone

The current outbreak of violence in Gaza follows a pattern which has engulfed the region for more than half a century. The particularly aggressive offensive currently being carried out by the Israeli military resulting in around 1000 Palestinian deaths has led to the UN accusing the nation of possible war crimes. Israel, however believes that it is […]

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Cambodian government ignores UN recommendations on human rights practices

Following recommendations made at the Universal Periodic Review on 26 June, which saw the UN process shed light on a number of abuses apparently conducted by the current Cambodian administration, the government responded stating that the suggestions have been ‘noted’. The UN recommendations ignored by the government ranged from the reduction of control on free […]

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