Illegal

This is the prologue to my book-in-progress “Illegal.” It will be published in the 2014 UEA MA Creative Writing Anthology, out this week.

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Inside The Hong Kong Protests

I’m an outsider – perhaps even perceived as one of those crazy westerners trying to impose my will on the people of Hong Kong

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War, All Of The Time

When I walk into supermarkets I usually stop in front of the newspapers for a minute to read the headlines. This week, I saw one that seemed unusually candid: Prime Minister Asks Parliament To Forget Past, Vote For War. There are some major differences between invading Iraq in 2003 and 2014. It seems that now [...]

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In Support of an Independent Scotland

On Thursday Scotland will vote on independence; and they should vote yes. According to the latest opinion polls, the Yes campaign has come from behind and pulled into a dead heat. I’ve been living in England for a year, but my support is firmly behind Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom. There are some [...]

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Russian Rebels In Transniestria Arrested Me For Murder

Yesterday VICE published a version of this story. This gives a slightly deeper socio-political context. – The rebels in eastern Ukraine are not trailblazers. In 1992 pro-Russian rebels carved out a de-facto state on a narrow strip of land between Moldova and Ukraine. Transniestria, the fledgling state of half a million people has since created its [...]

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Can the Dark Web Make Human Smuggling Safer?

Can a digital marketplace be created to facilitate human smuggling contracts, and could they be developed in such a way as to make the practice safer?

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Mean World Syndrome

The news headlines this week have been rather depressing. Israel and Palestine are fighting again; ultra-violent extremists are taking over Syria and Iraq; war in Ukraine; Ebola outbreak in West Africa; and protests in U.S. met with a militarized police force. Even celebrity news of late has been focused on a suicide. There are some [...]

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