Kurdistan: A History of the Middle-East’s Largest Quasi-State

Who are the Kurds? In the Middle East, scattered amongst Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, lives the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region: the Kurds. Inhabiting the mountainous regions along the borders corresponding roughly to the Zagros and Taurus ranges, they are united by race, culture and language, but despite their strong ethnic character and…

Armenia: The Road to Democracy in Post-Soviet Caucasus

A Crisis in Armenia: The Fight for Democracy Recently, the mountainous former Soviet nation of Armenia has been heavily featured on mainstream media, mainly due to the country’s wave of protests against its now former prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, led by the opposition’s leader, Nikol Pashinyan. The protests, which Mr Pashinyan said a “non-violent velvet revolution”, reacted…

The Dangers of Overfishing: Environmental, Economic and Safety Impacts

According to the World Wildlife Fund, overfishing “occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction”.  And right now, it causes serious problems, not just to sea life, but also very real economic and social problems to coastal communities across the world. There are billions of people (an estimated 56.6…

The New Space Race

In recent times, new companies have focused their efforts on developing aerospace technology in a faster, safer, cheaper, and overall better way. These new efforts are part of the so-called ‘NewSpace’, a movement described by Forbes as “low-cost and visionary commercial space technologies”. But the concept is more than that. It points to diminishing the…