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Globetrotting to Trinity: an international student’s perspective

From Syria to Dublin, Ghalya Farahat  offers personal insight on how Trinity serves the many international students that come here and the peculiarities of Irish culture

Getting to Trinity was one of the greatest emotional rollercoasters of my life, and I can now say that I’m beyond glad I reached my destination eventually. I won’t deny that studying at Trinity was far from being my first

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The hypocrisy of the west

Ines Niarchos argues that the ‘pragmatic’ approach of western foreign policy is a hypocritical one full of double-standards

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Death of  a Dictator: the wider question?

“…it is ironic to note that Guantanamo Bay, a haven of abuse in Cuba, is under US control.”

Last week Fidel Castro died. Reaction from politicians has been mixed, from Donald Trump’s declaration

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What refugees? I don’t see any

A critical look at Ireland’s response to the refugee crisis

COMMENT  Ireland to date has only managed to meet 7.8% of its promised refugee resettlement quota. The Irish Refugee Protection Programmes (IRPP) was established in September 2015 in response to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.

The Department of Justice and …

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The war against ISIL and the illusion of choice

The fight won’t be over before Christmas. Their brand of government is self-destructive, but their belief in their cause is absolute. If unchallenged, the beheadings will only become more frequent.

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A military and ideological battle against ISIL is inevitable. The question is over what role, if any, the west should play in the coming carnage, and what strategy it should pursue in doing so.

Since the 1990s, and perhaps even

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Russia and Syria: Should Have Seen it Coming

Russia’s unilateral intervolvement in Syria is the consequence of a forgotten intervention

COMMENTAt the moment in Syria we are witnessing one of the most significant shifts in the international community in recent years: the now huge role that Russia is playing in the Middle East. Russia has committed to a drawn out …

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There should be a military occupation of Syria – and Ireland should be part of it

If we truly care about the Syrian people we should make it so that they do not have to flee in broken boats across the Mediterranean. We should do what is hard and save their lives.

COMMENTThere is an illusion that often afflicts many people of all sides in the discussion of international affairs. We tend to believe, whether to attribute blame or to call for action, that we in the West can steer the world.

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Western hypocrisy is at the root of the refugee crisis

When Cold War politics plunged many Middle Eastern and African countries into conflict and poverty, the West has a duty to take in the people who flee.

COMMENTA couple of weeks ago, I went to a talk on the refugee crisis hosted by Trinity’s Society for International Affairs (SOFIA) where one of the speakers was a young man who happened to be a Syrian refugee.  Although I

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UNHCR welcomes Irish government response to refugee crisis

The UNHCR also commended the “incredible” work of the Irish Navy over many months in rescuing those attempting to cross the Mediterranean

NEWSThe United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed the efforts of the Irish government to tackle the European refugee crisis, despite, they argue, there being no political obligation to do so.

Speaking to Trinity News, Jody Clarke, an associate at …