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Friday 29th April 2016

"Brexit" Attacks President Obama...and Avoids the Issues

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One might be surprised that a prominent British politician would begin a comment about US President Barack Obama with a historical lie. One might not foresee an ethnic slur against the American leader.But that is exactly what happened last week when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, used The Sun newspaper as a platform to denounce Obama's visit to Britain.
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Friday 29th April 2016
Thursday 21st April 2016

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

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"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.
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Thursday 21st April 2016
Thursday 7th April 2016

Tax havens and the flow of money: Incentives matter

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The leakage of the Panama papers has brought the issue of tax havens into the spotlight. Revelations that the rich and powerful feature in these papers is no surprise. There has been the expected outcry against the unfair advantages that tax havens confer on the wealthy and calls to legislate against tax avoidance more vigorously are only to be expected.
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Thursday 7th April 2016
Thursday 24th March 2016

The challenges for Turkey and their application for EU Membership

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After Turkey and the EU agreed a deal in response to the unprecedented migrant/refugee crisis that has caused havoc in Greece and a number of other EU countries, there has been some discussion on the possibility of Turkey joining the EU.
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Thursday 24th March 2016
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