Authoritarian Regimes: Democracy’s Antithesis? – Literature Review

Literature Reviewed: Collier, D., & Levitsky, S. 1997. “Democracy with Adjectives: Conceptual Innovation in Comparative Research.” World Politics, 49(3), 430-451. Zakaria, F. 1997. “The Rise of Illiberal Democracy,” Foreign Affairs, 76(6), 22-43. Diamond, L. 2002. “Thinking About Hybrid Regimes,” Journal of

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The Just War Theory’s ‘Other’ – Ethics of Drone Strikes in Pakistan

  Introduction – Just War Theory and the War on Terror Questions of morality have been integral to discourses and debates of the contemporary war on terror. Following the attacks on September 11th, and on the same day, US President

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The Bulldozer as a Modern Weapon of Warfare

In a January 26, 2001, interview with Ha’aretz, Israeli President Ariel Sharon was asked how he would respond to Palestinian snipers shooting at the new Jewish settlements of Gilo, to which Sharon responded that he “would eliminate the first row

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Asexual Performativity and the Asexual Spectrum

Asexual Performativity   Introduction – The Emergence of ‘Asexual Orientation’ Since the early 2000s asexual identity and organizing has gradually emerged with the political aspirations of establishing asexuality as a legitimate sexual identity and has achieved the addition of an

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The Ghosts of the Housing Crisis – a Critique of State-Housing

  Which ghosts have been folded into life and through the effacing of which ghosts concurrently, erased, forgotten and folded out towards death? A spectre is haunting Aotearoa… The spectre of colonization. The housing crisis is an assemblage hooked into

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Sexuality and the Categorization of Populations

  In How and for whom does gender matter? Rethinking the concept of sexual orientation (2013), Alison Better and Brandy Simula problematize “gender-centric” (665) understandings of ‘sexual orientation,’ arguing instead for a broadening of sexuality research to encompass dimensions of

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Should New Zealand have a Holiday to Commemorate the Land Wars?

(I wrote this like 8 months ago, its a bit outdated.) The Land Wars of New Zealand, despite having little space in public consciousness, were among the most significant events in the production of modern New Zealand. These wars began following

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