Britain’s Trade With Genocidal Countries

Image for post
Image for post
Boris Johnson (Credit: Stefan Rousseau/Getty Images)

A couple of days after Brexit officially occurred, a vote was held on a very controversial amendment to the UK trade bill. The amendment was proposed by Lord Alton in the House of Lords and then passed back to the House of Commons.

The amendment proposed a clause that required the government to reconsider trade deals with countries deemed to be committing genocide. Actively labelling a country as guilty of genocide would be down to the UK’s High Court, whereas it has previously been done at the international judicial level. …


Image for post
Image for post
One of Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration billboards depicting George Soros laughing, with the slogan reading “Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh!” (Credit: Getty Images)

76 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, one would hope that anti-Semitism would be a thing of the past, and that the horrors of the Holocaust wouldn’t be forgotten, especially not in countries involved in the extermination of the Jewish population. However, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban seems to want to forget, showing his anti-Semitic zeal on many occasions.

Orban has previously praised Hitler’s fascist Hungarian allies who helped the Nazis murder Jewish people in concentration camps. For example, Orban called Miklos Horthy, a leader who signed multiple anti-Jewish laws in 1920, 1938, and 1939, and who oversaw the murder…


Image for post
Image for post
The Grenfell Tower. The community around Grenfell have never stopped campaigning for change (Photo: Steve Parsons/ PA)

On June 2020, close to 3 years since the Grenfell Fire Tragedy, I published an article called ‘Grenfell: Burning Justice To The Ground’, where I detailed what happened prior, during, and 3 years on from the fire that took 72 lives. In that article, I explained that the Tory government had adopted a politics of disposability, that the working classes and ethnic minorities were deemed disposable in the eyes of the government, hence Grenfell was allowed to happen in the first place, and hence the issues it raised have not been answered some 3 years on from the fire. …


Image for post
Image for post
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Credit: Frank Augstein/PA)

“It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.”

George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

Back in October, I wrote an article about how British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his party refused to feed children dependent on free school meals over the school holidays in the midst of the UK’s second national lockdown. It wasn’t until footballer Marcus Rashford challenged them that they made a U-turn. …


Image for post
Image for post
James Madison

After the siege of the Capitol, the question remains, is American Democracy doomed? And to answer that question one must go back to the Founding Fathers — namely John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton.

These three wrote a series of articles to sway public opinion towards the creation of a unified nation of states through the Constitution and a strong national Government, you may have heard of it, its called the United States of America. These articles, known as the Federalist Papers, outlined what Hamilton, Jay, and specifically Madison, saw as the prospective dangers to democracy. Key amongst them…


American Civil War Round Two?

Image for post
Image for post
(Credit: Leah Millis/ Reuters)

Not even a week into 2021 and we already have another history defining moment happening before our eyes — as if 2020 didn’t provide enough content already for history degrees for years to come. So, the question on all our lips, both in and outside of the US, is: what is going on in America?

What Happened?

On Wednesday 6th of January 2021,at 12 pm EST, President Trump, the tyrant in the toupee, made a speech in Washington, asserting his false claim (that had been proven false by the Supreme Court), of widespread election fraud. I mean, its hardly surprising is it…


And That’s Ok

Image for post
Image for post
Albert Camus (Henri Cartier-Bresson: Decisive Moments, Santa Monica: Peter Fetterman Gallery, 2015, pl. 16)

I suppose this article should begin with a sort of disclaimer. It is going to be dealing with depression and suicide, and is going to be heavily existential and nihilistic (can you blame me? I’ve been reading Camus).

Almost everybody has been kept up at night asking themselves ‘what is the point?’ Why do we keep getting up every morning? We know that all things end, yet we continue to live: why? Some call this nihilism, but that term does not just mean believing in nothing, but actually refers to a variety of philosophical, psychological, and ethical positions. Though all…


Image for post
Image for post

You are an actor, but I’ll let you in on a secret…so is everyone you know, and even the people you don’t know. The random strangers you pass on the street or see on the bus, even me. We are all performing, and not in the arts-y “all the world’s a stage” type way. We are all inauthentic, everything we do is formed and shaped by others — the things we say, what we enjoy doing, how we behave — its all to woo the audience. Who is the audience you might ask? Each other, and ourselves.

Take virtue signalling…


Image for post
Image for post
J.R.R. Tolkien

The world is in a crisis…more than one. Of course, we are currently in a global pandemic, but there is also a refugee crisis, racial tensions across the globe, multiple human rights violations, climate breakdown, a housing shortage, mass unemployment and international economic and moral depression…yup that’s 2020 alright. We all wish we had 2020 vision so we could have predicted this and seen it coming, but only one man did predict it, and he’s been dead since the 70s. That man was the famous author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien.


Image for post
Image for post

Everything we do produces a digital footprint, because, like it or not, we live in a digital age. If we swipe our credit card to buy a sandwich, or if we drive to our friend’s house, we are in a state of constant surveillance. It seems like everything we do feeds the Big Data beast, but why? Why are data giants like Google or Facebook so hungry to get hold of our private information and our metadata? What are they using it for? Will we ever have real private lives again? What is privacy in the digital world? What happens…

Adam De Salle

I am a young writer interested in providing the intellectual tools to those in the political trenches so that they may fight their battles well-informed.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store